Traditionally, music is studied from an anthropocentric point of view, which neglects the wealth of knowledge that can be learned from considering the role of the natural world in the creation of music. One of the most notable contemporary jazz composers to draw inspiration from the natural world is the Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal. This presentation explores several compositions by Hermeto that were directly inspired by birds and examines the musicality of birds through the lens of evolutionary biology and aesthetics, particularly by considering the ideas of Charles Darwin. By understanding the function of bird songs and how they have evolved, new insights can be gained that will offer a new way to appreciate Hermeto Pascoal’s music.
Plus a Q & A with the live audience.
A presentation from the Jazz Education Research and Practice Journal, a publication of the Jazz Education Network.
ABOUT NICK PAYNE
Nick Payne is an American jazz pianist, educator, arranger, and composer. A current PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas, Nick’s research encompasses musical interaction, African American studies, global traditions of improvisation, the music and culture of Brazil, and the intersection of biotic art with the jazz idiom.
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