19 – 22 October 2017

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21 October MKC Kino Frosina, 15:00

NEW MUSIC IN NEW YORK

PRESENTATION BY: Ičo Vidmar (Slovenia)

Ičo Vidmar (b. 1961) is a sociologist of culture from Slovenia, and holds a PhD in Sociology from University of Ljubljana. He works as a self-employed independent researcher, music journalist, reviewer, translator, lecturer, columnist, and radio host. He is the author of monograph “New Music in New York”: Independent Musicians and the Right to the City (Studia humanitatis, Ljubljana 2017), a sociological account of musical life in New York City. New York has been the center of the American and world music industry, with a high concentration of media power, since the beginning of the 20th century. Throughout this period, the city was interlaced with specialized, segmented markets and independent musical formations, which managed to preserve their relative autonomy for a few decades. From 1970’s onwards, New York has been one of the world centers of musical innovations – the site of new music at the non-commercial margins. New music (musica nova) as broadly understood here comprises variety of musical forms and their cooperative connections in concrete urban environment — above all Downtown Manhattan: the new music of minimalism, punk and new wave, no wave and alternative rock, loft jazz, improvised music and new jazz. While New York became global and neoliberal entrepreneurial city, it also became increasingly more divided city, in spatial and social terms with a new class configuration.