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Inaugural NYU-AMS Lecture: Vijay Iyer in Conversation with Daphne Brooks
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1 February 2018

5 p.m. (wine and cheese reception follows)
Rosenthal Pavilion
New York University
Kimmel Center for University Life, Tenth Floor

60 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012

Difference, Resonance, Intervention:

Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry

Composer, pianist, and scholar Vijay Iyer (Harvard University) joins multidisciplinary scholar Daphne A. Brooks (Yale University) for a wide-ranging conversation at the intersections of music-making, race, and gender. Working outward from Iyer's various artistic and intellectual projects, the two will pursue a series of questions and disturbances around musical practice, the culture industry, and the academy.


Vijay IyerVijay Iyer's wide-ranging creative work and research has spanned the arts, the humanities, and the sciences. An active pianist, bandleader, composer, and scholar, he has has released twenty-three albums of original music, most recently on ECM Records. His writings have appeared in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, Journal of the Society for American Music, Critical Studies in Improvisation, and several edited volumes. His honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a United States Artists Fellowship, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and the Alpert Award in the Arts, and was voted Jazz Artist of the Year in the Downbeat International Critics' Polls of 2016, 2015, and 2012. His concert works are published by Schott Music. In 2014 Iyer joined the Harvard faculty as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music, where he founded its doctoral program in Cross-Disciplinary Music Studies. His latest recording, Far From Over, was voted #1 Album of the Year in the 2017 NPR Jazz Critics’ Poll.

Daphne A. BrooksDaphne A. Brooks is Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is the author of two books: Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Duke University Press, 2006) and Jeff Buckley’s Grace (Continuum, 2005). She is currently working on a three-volume study of black women and popular music culture entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity. The first volume in the trilogy, Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Archive, the Critic, and Black Feminist Musicking, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Brooks is also the author of the liner notes for The Complete Tammi Terrell (Universal A&R, 2010) and Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia (Sony, 2011).