Friday, October 12, 2012

Casper College music lecture to explore George Harrison's India involvement

A guest music lecturer will examine musician George Harrison’s life-long ties with Indian classical music and culture on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Casper College.

Kathyrn Cox’s lecture, “Not Quite ‘The Quiet One,’” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Durham Hall, located in the Aley Fine Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Cox notes that during his career with the Beatles, George Harrison became known as “The Quiet One” when compared to the vociferous John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and this nickname stuck with him throughout his solo career.

“For someone who acted as a musical and cultural ambassador for Western counterculture, however, this appellation seems hardly appropriate, especially considering his life-long dialogue with Indian classical music, and indeed, India itself,” she says. “This talk examines Harrison’s fascination with India and the myriad of issues that arose from it—including ethnic representation and exoticism, globalization, and political involvement—showing how Harrison’s musical gestures and musical activism spoke louder than words.”

Cox is currently a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at the University of Michigan after receiving her B.A. in music from the University of Chicago in 2007. Her research and teaching interests focus primarily on popular music; late-19th/early 20th-century Austro-Hungarian music; music and globalization; and music, text, and language.

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