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Jazz and Contemporary Music

Words and Music

Words and Music—Diane Moser.  Using words as a compositional tool will be the theme of this class.  The elements that exist in poetry, prose, song and short story, are the same elements that exist in music.  There is the pulse of the work, the rhythms of the words, there is texture and harmony in the flow of sentences and emotions felt.  Students will examine the historic collaborations of Charles Mingus/Langston Hughes, David Amram/Jack Kerouac, Bill Zavatsky/ Marc Copland, Jayne Cortez/Ornette Coleman, as well as poets Steve Dalachinsky, John O’Hara, composer/saxophonist/poet Oliver Lake and many others. Students in the class will compose and perform, and will be composing weekly assignments throughout the course.  A collaboration with poets and a live concert recording of students’ original compositions is the final class project.  Final enrollment is at the discretion of the instructor.   2 credits M 2-4

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