Sandeep BHAGWATI [composer, Concordia University] @ Place des Arts: Asking the Hard Questions about Music
Sandeep BHAGWATI [composer, Concordia University]
Asking the Hard Questions about Music
Concordia is a university with a comparatively small music program – both within Concordia's School of Fine Arts and in comparison to the other music programs in Montréal. Moreover, Concordia is not really a conservatory-style music school – it does not see itself as a place that will educate virtuoso performers and avantgarde composers. Its focus is Creative Music Making – every student in every music program is expected to become a music inventor – be it in electroacoustics, in Jazz, as a singer/songwriter, as an indie musician, or in composing for classical instruments – most of them try their voice or hands at all of these. Music at Concordia is fiercely interdisciplinary, too – from their first year, students are encouraged to collaborate with students in dance, animation film, acting, urbanism, computer science or engineering. Students learn how deeply improvisation and composition belong together. Their professors also often are artist-researchers who ask hard questions about music and music education: Do we need a new kind of ear training for digital sounds? How can contemporary music creation help climate change NGOs with their work? What is the place of experimental music creation in the public sphere, both in the digital and the real world? What does composing still mean when computers can compose music faster and, increasingly, 'better' than humans? How can musicians from different musical backgrounds work together, not just in superficial world music jams, but through deep, respectful and sustainable aesthetic negotiations? How does one write scores for philosophical dialogues? Concordia Music is a learning ground and launching pad - not so much for contemporary music, but rather for the globalized, profoundly digital, customized, trans-cultural, trans-disciplinary and trans-genre listening realities of the future.
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