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Musical Genre as a Creation of Racial Capitalism

8 Nov 2020
Vol. 1
INTERVIEW

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Acclaimed musician and composer Vijay Iyer on how the constraints of musical genre emerged from racial capitalism: the history of "jazz" itself narrated by delinking music from its Black radical and avant-garde traditions.

We go through these cycles of the mainstream press declaring jazz dead, then rediscovering it. There's a savior! That narrative's really problematic. It excludes and erases countless Black musicians who have been at the vanguard for decades.

RECOMMENDED: Uneasy (ECM, 2021): Vijay Iyer with Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh.

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Interview
Jazz
Criticism
Music
Music Criticism
Race & Genre
Black Radical Traditions
Amiri Baraka
Roscoe Mitchell
Racial Capitalism
Avant-Garde Origins
Village Vanguard
Post-George Floyd Moment
Historicity
Black Speculative Musicalities
Insurgence in Jazz
Genre Fluidity
Critical Improvisation Studies
The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition
Fred Moten
Charles Mingus

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