"Pharoah Sanders and the Music of Double Consciousness"

Michael Coyle, Professor of English at Colgate University will discuss the work of Pharoah Sanders.
When Nov 08, 2013
from 03:00 PM to 05:15 PM
Where Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
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Professor Coyle's talk will discuss the concept of double consciousness and the intersections of avant-garde jazz practice and the southern Pentecostal church in the work of Pharoah Sanders, an important jazz saxophonist and the protégé of John Coltrane and Sun Ra.  Sanders' 1969 album Karma was the last record from the jazz avant-garde to attract significant attention from the cultural mainstream as an artwork. In the course of considering this claim (and the 33 minute long track, "The Creator Has a Master Plan") Coyle will examine how Sanders’ work indexes his Arkansas roots and ten years of "New Thing" activity into an apotheosis of the Black Arts movement.

Michael Coyle, Professor of English at Colgate University, is one of the founders and a former president of the Modernist Studies Association. He is the author of Ezra Pound, Popular Genres, and the Discourse of Culture (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995), and has published broadly on jazz, modernist literature and cultural history. His edited collections include Ezra Pound and African American Modernism (National Poetry Foundation, 2001); Raymond Williams and Modernism (a special issue of Keywords, Summer 2003); and Broadcasting Modernism, with Debra Rae Cohen and Jane Lewty (University Press of Florida, 2009). This Lecture is sponsored by the Barker Endowment for Southern Letters of the English Department