Lecture Series

Lecture: Emily Zazulia on "Nuper rosarum flores and the Dangers of False Exceptionalism"

Guillaume Du Fay’s Nuper rosarum flores has been ground zero for symbolic interpretation in musicology ever since Charles Warren suggested that the form of the motet reflects the architectural proportions of the cathedral of Florence. We know Du Fay wrote Nuper rosarum flores in conjunction with the 1436 dedication of Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome, the architectural marvel that caps the building.

Orlando Jacinto Garcia Discusses His Recent Compositions

Through some one hundred and fifty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” – qualities he developed from his work with Morton Feldman among others. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961 and received his DMA in Music Composition from the University of Miami in 1984.

Lecture: Scot Brown on "The Blues Futurism of Roger Troutman and Zapp"

Scot Brown is an associate professor of African American Studies/History at UCLA and serving as the 2016-17 fellow at the Center for Afroamerican Urban Studies and the Economy, Carnegie Mellon University.  He is the author of Fighting For Us as well as numerous articles on activism, music and popular culture.  Brown is editor of Discourse on Africana Studies and currently completing a book on 1970s bands from funk music hotbed, Dayton, Ohio. Brown has also served as commentator for many televised music documentaries on BET/Centric, TV One, and VH1.