Eighth note. Quarter note. Half note. Musicians are used to reading and playing a musical language that tells them exactly how to play a piece. But what if there was another way — one that uses symbols instead of notes, allowing musicians to bring different meanings to a piece while teaching people about life?
At the Pruett Lecture, part of the Carolina Symposia in Music and Culture, UCLA musicology professor Nina Eidsheim will be discussing the work of musician Wadada Leo Smith and his development of a new “musical-philosophical language.”
The lecture is free to attend and will take place on Jan. 24 at 4:15 p.m. in Person Hall.
Eidsheim studied with Smith while she pursued her master’s degree at the California Institute of the Arts. There she learned about Ankhrasmation, a new musical language Smith developed. Ankhrasmations consist of symbols that are read as scores and are considered to be works of art.
After reading the score, musicians are encouraged to do their own research on the music and come to their own conclusions about what the music means.