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Creating Narrative, Politics and Music

Mar 5, 2014, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Speaker: Annabelle Chvostek

This talk will reflect upon my own experience of writing and performing music, specifically political music. It will touch upon the unique potential of combining music and words. Songs can act as a vehicle for dialogue as well as a way of affirming and supporting action and resistance within politicized, or potentially politicized, individuals and groups. Music has the power to move people and even to transform ways of thinking and feeling, and can be a powerful tool to apply towards social change.

For me, creativity comes from an impulse to communicate and connect within a shifting and evolving culture. My work that is politicized has emerged out of a sense of urgency. It has been a way of processing social and political events that have had a significant impact on me. This often means the music I make serves like-minded individuals, but because the music on its own can engage, the content can be delivered to a wider audience that would not necessarily be interested in political discussion.

One thing I've found in performing these songs is that a space for political dialogue is created. People want to share their stories, experiences and inspirations, and discuss issues brought up in the songs. Despite all of the political discussions that a medium like the internet enables, there is something that I think is far more powerful in these face-to-face exchanges that are cultivated by the emotional engagement that music demands.


Location:305 York Lanes
Sponsor:YCISS, LA&PS, Dept. Political Science, Dept. Communications and Culture
Posted by:Chris Hendershot
Web Sitehttp://yciss.info.yorku.ca/files/2012/05/Chvostek-Final-Web.jpg
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