Felipe Salles Delivers Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Felipe Salles, Professor of Jazz & African-American Music Studies in the UMass Music & Dance Department, has been selected by the university to present a Distinguished Faculty Lecture titled “The New Immigrant Experience: The Creation of a Multi-Media Jazz Work,” which will be delivered on Wednesday, April 28, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. via Zoom webinar. (Click here to register.) Introductions will be given by John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with a Q&A session afterward.
Established in 1974, the annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series is dedicated to acknowledging the work of the university’s most esteemed and accomplished faculty members. The lecture series not only honors individual faculty members and their achievements, but also celebrates the university’s shared commitment to academic excellence. Each honoree is presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty by the campus.
Professor Salles, who originally hails from Brazil, will use his lecture to explore the creative process behind The New Immigrant Experience, his 2019 multi-media work for large jazz ensemble created through a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Following in the tradition of works like Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown and Beige,” John Coltrane’s “Alabama,” and Max Roach’s “Freedom Now Suite” that addressed themes of social justice, Salles’ piece highlights the plight of undocumented immigrants protected by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), also known as the “Dreamers.”
In the April 28 lecture, Salles will discuss the process of conducting video interviews with numerous Dreamers, identifying and creating the musical themes and transcribing their speech patterns, and ultimately designing the overall concepts for the video and live music aspects of the piece. Musical examples and their connection with the video excerpts will be analyzed and discussed during this talk.
Earlier that same week, Salles and his 19-piece Interconnections Ensemble will present a performance of The New Immigrant Experience that will be streamed live from Northampton’s Academy of Music on April 24, 2021 at 8 p.m. The concert is the last of a three-concert series titled “We Are All Immigrants: Jazz Reflections on Today’s America” produced by Laudable Productions as part of “Third Row Live,” a partnership with arts organizations that offers virtual events for audiences around the globe. The series also included performances by fellow Latinx artists Claudia Acuña and Magos Herrera who share Salles’ commitment to recognizing the struggles and contributions of immigrants through music.
The April 24 performance will be preceded by an investigative panel discussion at 3 p.m. that will examine the work’s sociopolitical context. Tickets for the performance and the pre-concert discussion can be purchased at https://thirdrow.live/events/the-new-immigrant-experience/.