Lectures

Class of 1960 Lecture
Prof. Michael Veal
"Chaos or Curvelinearity: Digital Architecture and Deformations of the Africanist Grid in the The Late Music of John Coltrane."

Williams College Department of Music hosts Prof. Michael Veal of Yale University. He gives a lecture titled “Chaos or Curvelinearity: Digital Architecture and Deformations of the Africanist Grid in the The Late Music of John Coltrane.” on Fri. Nov. 3 at 4:15 p.m. in room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. This lecture is sponsored by the Class of 1960 Scholars Fund and is free and open to the public.

Professor Veal’s talk will examine the controversial late period of John Coltrane through the prism of digital architecture.

About Michael Veal
Prof. Michael E. Veal has been a member of the Yale faculty since 1998. Before coming to Yale, he taught at Mount Holyoke College (1996 – 1998) and New York University (1997-1998). Veal’s work has typically addressed musical topics within the cultural sphere of Africa and the African diaspora. His 2000 biography of the Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti uses the life and music of this influential African musician to explore themes of African post-coloniality, the political uses of music in Africa, and musical and cultural interchange between cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. His documentation of the “Afrobeat” genre continued with the 2013 as-told-to autobiography Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat. Professor Veal’s 2007 study of Jamaican dub music examines the ways in which the studio-based innovations of Jamaican recording engineers during the 1970s transformed the structure and concept of the post-WWII popular song, and examines sound technology as a medium for the articulation of spiritual, historical and political themes. His forthcoming book Wait Until Tomorrow surveys under-documented periods in the careers of John Coltrane and Miles Davis that encapsulate the stylistic interventions of “free jazz” and “jazz-rock fusion,” and draws on the language of digital architecture in order to suggest new directions for jazz analysis.

The Class of 1960 Scholars Fund, established at their 25th Reunion, brings eminent researchers from other colleges and universities to campus to give colloquia and work with students in the classroom.