Curator: Parmela Attariwala
Guests: Pat Carrabré, Ian Cusson, Lise Vaugeois, Dinuk Wijeratne
Various aspects of coloniality—including postcolonialism and neocolonialism—play out in criticisms of, and support for, Western Art Music, as well as in recent calls to decolonize the institutions that sustain it. The “Re:Soundings” diversity report, commissioned by Orchestras Canada, highlighted multiple nodes at which contemporary encounters between Western art music and other musics have been problematic. How can we reconceptualize the parameters by which we currently define avant-gardeism in music, and in doing so, might we also begin to unshackle the art form from its Eurocentric priorities?
Part of the Decolonization Series.