Music Matters: Performing Culture trough Music is a concert and guest lecture series organized by KCM (The Arts, Culture and Media Department), Studium Generale and ICOG (The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture) of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen together with KVNM (The Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands) and the Prins Claus Conservatory. This series seriously considers live music as a central facet of comtemporary life, especially as musical phenomena engender forms of cultural identification, group affiliation and the creative expression of profound emotions. It looks in particular at the intersections between arts practice and scholarly research and therefore it offers not only a series of intellectual discussions on important research themes, but also features monthly lunch-time concerts featuring professional, established performers from Groningen and from the Netherlands. Each edition will focus on a specific theme related to the world of music practices and arts communities. Both local and international scholars will offer insight and expertise on subjects related to live music subjects such as music festivals, the aesthetics of improvisation, performing gender and race through music, and music revivals. These issues will be addressed through lectures, workshops and presentations.

More information, check www.musicmattersatrug.nl

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