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 composer Ania Vu, who was born in Poland to a Vietnamese family.
With support from Departments of East Asian Languages & Civilizations, Music, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Center for Africana Studies; Center for East Asian Studies; Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies; Kelly Writers House; Middle East Center, South Asia Center; Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; and Wolf Humanities Center.