Department of Music Colloquium
“Entanglement and Virtuosity” attempts to renew some old concerns regarding the relationship between the individual and the group in black music. It does so by way of Kamasi Washington’s 2015 album, The Epic and its reception. Along the way, the relationships between hip-hop and jazz and between black social music and black social movement are also discussed. Hopefully, this talk will allow for a more general discussion of two fundamental questions: What do we want from (black) music and how do we want it?
Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Feel Trio, The Little Edges, The Service Porch and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.