“Hailing from Chicago, Journey Will Jackson better known as “DJ Journey” will give a history of DJ’ing and the geographies of sound and mixing from the West Indies to the West Coast, Midwest, and East Coast. Incorporating various genres including house and hip-hop, DJ Journey will talk about his professional career as a songwriter, producer and film composer. He will be joined by his mentor Keith Shocklee of Public Enemy and other special guests.
This event will be moderated by Prof. Tao Leigh Goffe (SCA, NYU) who will be joined by her students as part of “Topics in Africana Studies: Caribbean Writing, Reggae, Routes.”
Open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
Thanks to everyone who attended ‘sound x color.’ We had a full house at 20 Cooper Square. This is the first of many conversations on art, race, and diaspora. A special thanks also to those who brought donations for the hurricane relief effort for Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for more.
Photo Credit: Nou Moua
Kwami Coleman is a pianist, composer, producer, and musicologist. He is an assistant professor of musicology at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. In February of 2017, Kwami released his full-length LP Local Music, featuring bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The project integrates field recordings captured around Harlem in 2015-2016 with original compositions for trio, enhanced by electronics. Kwami has also published work on experimentalism in music and creativity in practice and as process. His book project, tentatively titled Change: Modern Jazz and its “New Thing” explores the waves of experimentalism in improvised music of the 1960s, referred to broadly as the “new thing” in jazz, and its critical reception, focusing on representative works by artists across jazz’s stylistic spectrum and the ways in which they fulfilled, provoked, or overturned modern jazz’s aesthetic regime. The critical backlash against the “new thing” in jazz is the topic of Kwami‘s forthcoming article, “Of Things Modern, New, and Blue: Criticism, Aesthetics, and 1960s Jazz.” Kwami is currently working on an electronic and sample-based recording project, to be released in Spring 2018.
sound x color is a new event series at NYU on the synesthesia of arts in the black diaspora with attention to the visual, sonic, and haptic sensory registers. It is generously sponsored by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis’s Program in Africana Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).