Thursday 6 June 2019. 9-11am, Roy Barnett Recital Hall.
Chair: William Richards (MacEwan University)
Percussion as Protest
Aaron Graham, University of British Columbia
Music has long been a means of not only communicating cultural ideals and values, but also of protesting the perceived problems with one’s daily life. Whether political, environmental, or any myriad of other themes, it is an art form that speaks to the masses and dissolves boundaries around the world. Percussion seems to be at the heart of this sentiment, as has historically been the case. Is it perhaps the capacity to vocalize while you perform, the ease of accompanying one’s self on a drum, or the sheer volume with which you can project your emotions? In my lecture presentation, I will explore the reasons for why percussion has long been a chosen means of protest. I will do this both through analysis of prominent historical events and their subsequent (non-composed) protests, as well as through examination of composed percussion protest music. Through examination of such musical aspects as rhythm, speech, and performance context, I will attempt to unpack the reasons and methods through which percussion has historically been utilized as a method of personal expression.