Summit at Sea
November 9-12, 2016
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Musicology

 
 

Music moves us. This happens most immediately on the dance floor, but truly inspired works reach much deeper, capturing the spirit of a historical moment to catalyze cultural transformation and social action—or just inspire us to cut loose. The artists who create these songs have a seemingly magical ability to divine what we’re feeling and what we need to hear.

At this time of great change in America and around the world, we invited some of the greatest creative geniuses in music to share their stories as well as their hopes for the next phase of sound evolution. Listen up.


Snapshots of Select Musicology Sessions

 
 
 
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Perpetual Rebirth: Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock in Conversation with Kamasi Washington

To refer to Herbie Hancock as a jazz artist feels utterly inadequate. From his legendary solo career to his collaborations with Miles Davis, Kanye West, and Chaka Khan and Anoushka Shankar, he has spent his career in a constant state of genre-busting rebirth. In recent years, he has worked with international math, science, and music experts to create free educational materials and digital apps. Now the chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute, which identifies and supports jazz’s new voices, Herbie has built a legacy that will be defined as much by the music he’s created as the artists he’s helped empower. He sits down with Thelonious Monk Institute alumnus and celebrated saxophonist Kamasi Washington to discuss his impact and the most profound turning points of his career.


A History of Hip-Hop and Street Art Culture with Fab 5 Freddy and Arthur Baker

Fred Brathwaite, more popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, exploded onto the art scene in the late seventies as one of the first graffiti artists to exhibit internationally. Fab was instrumental in bringing New York graffiti to the attention of the world, helping it become a powerful movement with global implications while legitimizing street art at large. In addition to his visual works, Fab is immortalized in hip-hop history as the pioneering host of *Yo! MTV Raps.* He helped connect the worlds of punk music and rap, ighlighting the rebellious spirit of both and catalyzing a new wave of sound that’s still relevant today. Fab will be joined by celebrated DJ and record producer, Arthur Baker, best-known for his work with artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and the British group New Order. Together, they will take us on a journey through the rich history of hip-hop, street art and how these two worlds have shaped popular culture for decades.