While I’m on This Freedom Journey: Black Women Composers and the Reverberations of Social Change in the American Concert Hall
Tammy L. Kernodle
Part of the School of Music Colloquium Series
Sponsored by: Gender and Women’s Studies; Afro-American Studies
Friday, April 16, 2021, 4 pm-5:15 pm
Advanced registration required
The historiography on the intersection of protest music and the black civil rights struggle has largely focused on the freedom songs that accompanied moments of direct action non-violent resistance on the ground and the protest/message songs that evolved out of the pairing of the movement with popular music trends (e.g. soul, folk, funk). This presentation seeks to expand this historical and musicological lens to consider how the music and activity of black women composers and concert artists align with this culture of activism.
It explores the relationships that developed between movement organizations and black concert artists/composers during the late 1950s and early 1960s. More specifically, through a discussion on selected works of composers Margaret Bonds and Undine Smith Moore, this presentation will illuminate how the ideologies and sounds of the movement shaped the music of black Post World War II female composers.
Tammy L. Kernodle is a musician and scholar that teaches and researches in the areas of African American music (concert and popular music). She has worked closely with a number of educational programs including The American Jazz Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, NPR, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the BBC.
Her work has appeared in numerous journals, and anthologies. Kernodle is the author of biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams, served as Associate Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music and the Editorial team for the revision of the Grove Dictionary of American Music.
She was recently promoted to the rank of University Professor at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Kernodle also serves as the President of the Society for American Music.