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Research in Music Series: A Talk by Peter Selinsky (Yale)

Peter Selinsky (Yale)

Indian Classical Cadences and Modern Jazz Syntax: Theorizing the Hybrid Tihai

Free & open to the public, Old Chapel Conference Room

This talk investigates the use and manipulation of tihais (tripartite Hindustani rhythmic cadences) in 60’s and 70’s Indo-Jazz hybrids as a point of entry for exploring the reciprocal adaptation of differing rhythmic objects of Indian classical and jazz origins. Alongside a comparative analysis of all tihais appearing in the original commercial recordings of John McLaughlin and L. Shankar’s Shakti (1975-77), this talk features the music of Alla Rakha and Buddy Rich; Ravi Shankar; Colin Walcott; Don Ellis and Harihar Rao’s Hindustani Jazz Sextet; Don Cherry and Latif Khan; & John Mayer and Joe Harriott’s Indo-Jazz Fusions.