Pop Convention 2021— the longest operating music writing and pop music research convention of its type—will carry collectively the world’s main pop students, journalists, writers, musicians for 3 days of digital occasions exploring pop music’s function in mirroring and shaping some of the chaotic and disruptive moments in trendy international historical past, from April 22 to 25. The convention is hosted by NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch College of the Arts, and is free and open to the general public.
This 12 months’s Pop Convention theme is “Flip and Face the Change: A Pop Convergence On Music and Flux” and can kick-off Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m. ET with a keynote dialog panel that includes musical polymath Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange), singer-songwriter and producer Róisín Murphy, musician and document producer Rostam (who was a founding member of the band Vampire Weekend), and singer-songwriter and producer Tamara Lindeman (of The Climate Station). The keynote tackle, “Fluxed: Making Fashionable Music within the Midst of Change and Transition,” brings collectively artists thriving throughout the extremely unstable surroundings of latest standard music to debate how the spirit and realities of change each problem and encourage them. The keynote will probably be moderated by NPR Music critic and creator Ann Powers.
Friday, April twenty third will characteristic 13 occasions together with conversations inspecting the intersection of race, music criticism, and transformation. At 7 p.m. ET, “South Gotta Change: Southern Music in a Second of Transformation” will kind a panel of artists, students and writers discussing how the varied musical types related to the South have shaped a sonic bedrock of U.S. pop types whereas additionally standing in for bigger conversations about race, area, historical past and “custom” on a altering cultural and political panorama. Journalists and tradition critics Wesley Morris (New York Occasions), Danyel Smith (ESPN), and Greg Tate (founding member of the Black Rock Coalition) will deal with the indispensable function that Black critics have performed in telling the story of Black music within the roundtable “Black Critics Matter,” additionally at 7 p.m. ET.
Friday programming continues at 9:15 p.m. ET with a dialog between Jason King, Chair of NYU’s Clive Davis Institute and co-producer of Pop Convention 2021, and DJ, rapper and producer Derrick “D-Good” Jones, marking the primary collaboration between the Pop Convention and the Kennedy Heart’s Hip Hop Tradition Program. Within the midst of widespread international pandemic lockdowns and social restrictions, D-Good launched Homeschool at Membership Quarantine: a nightly DJ social gathering on Instagram Dwell designed to carry individuals collectively. Membership Quarantine turned an immediate sanctuary and runaway success, just about uniting individuals from all walks of life, together with many outstanding celebrities, to bop “collectively” and socialize on-line. This dialog will discover the connections between music, flux, change and the enduring ‘connective’ energy of the DJ.
The 9 occasions on Saturday, April twenty fourth embrace “Pop Musicking and Survivance in Native North Pacific Communities” at 2:30 pm. ET wherein a rising group of students working with, by, and for Native North Pacific communities rethink the function of pop musicking in ongoing Indigenous-led self-determination actions, and “Listening Queerly: Sounds of the Asian/American Diaspora in Flux,” a vital karaoke session bringing collectively Asian American musicians and artists to reckon with the violence of the current, additionally at 2:30 pm. ET.
Sunday April twenty fifth is a day of writing mentorship culminating with “Discovering Your Voice: A Writing Workshop with Joan Morgan and NYU College students of The Collective Blive Recorded Music Chapter” (a membership for rising Black multidisciplinary artists at NYU), at 5 p.m. ET.
“We’re dwelling via a time marked by political conflicts, demographic shifts, technological interventions and different social upheavals, all beneath the cloud of a pandemic whose affect will seemingly reverberate for generations,” mentioned Jason King.
“We discover ourselves in a continuing state of flux, one that may concurrently really feel terrifying and regressive but additionally inspiring and transformative. As with earlier eras of tumult, pop music will emerge as each as a mirror that displays these adjustments but additionally as a hammer to assist form them,” he continued.
Pop Convention is named one of many foremost venues for dialogue of music on this planet. The convention has resulted in a number of publications, together with three collections of essays: This Is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Expertise Music Mission, Hear Once more: A Momentary Historical past of Pop Music, and Pop When the World Falls Aside: Music within the Shadow of Doubt.
This 12 months’s programming committee contains Oliver Wang (Chair, CSU Lengthy Seashore), Timothy Anne Burnside (Smithsonian), Martha Gonzalez (Quetzal/Scripps School), Alisha Lola Jones (Indiana College), Jason King (New York College’s Clive Davis Institute), Michelle Habel-Pallan (Univ. of Washington), RJ Smith (Author), Brittany Spanos (Rolling Stone), and Melissa A. Weber (Loyola College New Orleans, WWOZ FM).
This 12 months’s Pop Convention is supported by Important Minded, a granting and studying initiative cofounded by The Nathan Cummings Basis and The Ford Basis to help cultural critics of coloration in the USA, the place they’re underrepresented within the protection of all creative disciplines.
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