Lyricism in Babel

Friday, 15 November 2019 - 12:00pm

Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk

Lyricism in Babel

Creating a Musical Language from Exile

Daedalus Quartet

As part of their year-long Music and Migration Project, the Daedalus Quartet explores musical language and how it relates to musical tradition through the works of William Grant Still and Gabriel Bolaños. Still built on his studies with Antonin Dvořák and his work as a performer and arranger with W. C. Handy to create a uniquely African-American musical language. Bolaños, whose parents had fled from the political turmoil in Nicaragua, explored the varieties of human spoken languages across cultures and ideas. The program will also include a new work by Penn graduate student Ania Vu, who was born in Poland to a Vietnamese family.  

With support from Penn’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Center for Africana Studies, Katz Center for Jewish Studies, Kelly Writers House, Department of Music, and Wolf Humanities Center.


Image: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco