Deep Listening : The Music Of William Parker 1973- 2021 (MHI2111.01)

William Parker

In this course of Deep Listening students will become familiar with recordings outlining the trajectory of the recording career of bassist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist William Parker as a sideman and leader of select ensembles. William Parker’s recordings document some of free jazz’s most prominent innovators including, Cecil Taylor, Peter Brötzmann, David Ware, and William Parker and the Little Huey Creative Orchestra, amongst many others. Parker is a prominent musician in the New York City experimental jazz scene, where he leads a number of groups and is associated with the Vision Festival, organized by his wife, dancer Patricia Nicholson; he is also frequently noted for his community dedication, mentorship, and status as “free-jazz caretaker” and “unofficial mayor of the New York improvisational scene”.

Students will be responsible for taking notes, engaging in discussions based on the weekly listening list, and creating their own list based on the learning outcomes.


Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcomes:

• Students will become more familiar with the jazz terminology of “free-jazz” and its history

• Students will learn about the innovators of the free jazz movement

• Students will learn about the Black Power Movements influence on artistic expression in America

• Students will advance their usage of music semantics and analysis in describing sound, instrumentation, and musical expression



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
Tu 4:10PM - 6:00PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Performance , Theory , History , Instrumental Study , Fully In-Person
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