Like our nation itself, American music comes from a mixture of cultures, opportunities, technologies, and environments. It also impacts people in the United States and around the world. Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on American Music is a speaker series that presents a variety of views on American music, from musical scores for a Star Trek internet series and the impact of YouTube music videos, to Bob Dylan going electric and the series’ namesake (the mythological “crossroads” in Clarksdale, Mississippi). Scholars, researchers, authors, musicians, and actors share their unique insights and lead discussions on the impact, influence, and direction of American music.
Past topics have included:
- “Pepper Adams in Rochester, 1935-1982”
- “Dylan Goes Electric: Music, Myth, and History”
- Star Trek Continues: Music Composition and Scoring for an Internet TV Series
- Anabolism: New Music for Saxophone and Live Biofeedback Electronics
- “Keep Dat Ass Jumpin’…On the Backs of Marginal Girls’ Mobility: Music, Capitol, and Technological Oppression on YouTube”