"Vandalism: On the Limits of Free Jazz"—a lecture by Michael Titlestad

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 3:30pm

Zim Ngqawana, one of South Africa’s preeminent multi-instrumentalists, founded a jazz school that was attended by a significant number of young players. One day he arrived at the school to find it vandalized. Instruments were smashed: piano legs broken off; string instruments splintered; and, brass instruments bent out of shape. First in the school, then at the Momo Gallery, in Johannesburg, a work was performed by Zim Ngqawna and Kyle Shepherd on the broken instruments. How, then, does Ngqawna’s project reflect on the creation of free jazz?

Presented by Michael Titlestad, Professor in the Department of English, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).

This event is sponsored by the African Studies Program, International Programs, Department of English, Department of Philosophy, and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Circulating Cultures Working Group.

For more information, please visit international.uiowa.edu/academic/african-studies.