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Jewish Blues in 20th-Century Classical Music.

Second webinar by Luca Bragalini with ICAMus and the University of Michigan: Jewish Blues in 20th-Century Classical Music. An ICAMus-The International Center for American Music event, sponsored by the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, in collaboration with MCECS-Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies and MES-Middle East Studies Department, The University of Michigan.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day 2022 and of International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022.


FREE REGISTRATION: https://tinyurl.com/t77y66uh


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In the image above: event's poster. Acknowledging the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan; special thanks to Jillian Luciow, Public Engagement and Events Specialist.


The Blues, an expression of late 19th-century Southern African-American folklore, is a river with many tributaries. Jazz, gospel, pop music with all its branches ranging from Broadway songs to hard rock via rock'n’roll and funk, are some of them. But there is another stream, running through the classical music of the twentieth century. Many composers turned their attention to the blues, and the number of Jewish classical composers who wrote blues is striking. Just to name a few: Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Milhaud, Copland, Gershwin; and Ullmann and Schulhoff who perished in the Shoah. Along this journey significant connections will be discovered between the African American and Jewish musical traditions. 
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In the photo above: Luca Bragalini, jazz scholar and Duke Ellington specialist. Photo courtesy Luca Bragalini, 2021.


Luca Bragalini is Professor of Jazz History at the Music Conservatory of Brescia, Italy. He has discovered unpublished works by Duke Ellington, Chet Baker and Luciano Chailly; some of them he has had premièred and recorded. A published author and lecturer, Professor Bragalini was Distinguished Scholar at Reed College (Portland, OR) where he offered a series of lectures on Ellington. His book Duke Ellington’s Symphonic Visions—published by EDT in Italy in 2018, with an accompanying CD of première recordings and previously unpublished archival photos, all contents discovered by Bragalini—is the first volume entirely dedicated to Ellington’s symphonic music. 

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