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We Bear Witness With Our Song: The Politics of Music and Violence in the Peruvian Andes

Tuesday, November 17 // 4:00 – 5:30pm // Risling Room (3201 Hart Hall) // Presented by Jonathan Ritter
When Nov 17, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Risling Room (3201 Hart)
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Presented by Jonathan Ritter

Associate Professor of Music Department and Director of Latin American Studies Program, University of California, Riverside

Why do people make music in the face of violence and death?
What do they gain from the continued performance of music
about violence in its aftermath? This talk explores these questions
through close listening to rural and urban “testimonial songs”
from Peru, written during and following the internal armed
conflict of the 1980s and 90s, and the ways in which these
songs have promoted, resisted, and commemorated divergent
narratives about the years of violence.

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