Funk and the Defunct Music Curriculum
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What, if any, is the place of funk in a 21st century music curriculum in America? This talk responds to this question by situating funk with the context of what Jeff Pressing, in a seminal essay, calls “Black Atlantic Rhythm” (BAR). Pressing’s heading refers to the multitudinous and massively prominent body of rhythmic languages and practices that originated in Africa and took hold, and further evolved, through its various musical diasporas. I view Funk and Black Atlantic Rhythm as part of what I call “21st century” common practice rhythmic literacy, which I argue to exceed in importance Eurocanonic common practice harmony (for which I believe there still remains a place, but only in a radically transformed music studies paradigm).
African American Studies | Music | Musicology
Sarath, Ed, "Funk and the Defunct Music Curriculum" (2021). Content Presented at the First and Second Dayton Funk Symposia. 26.