The American Roots Music
program at Berklee College of Music is proud to announce its second symposium, Bossmen: Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe. Infused with the innovation and creativity that is
focal to Berklee’s identity, this intimate event will celebrate the lives and
music of two iconic musicians through scholarly presentations, lively panel
discussions, experimental format sessions, and world-class performances.
The juxtaposition of American
music titans Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe is worth examining for both their
striking similarities and their differences. For example, although they didn’t
share a common geographic region or genre, both men grew up in rural areas and
took their music to the big cities. Of course, ultimately, their most important
similarity is that both men helped create and define particular idioms of
American music: bluegrass, in the case of Bill Monroe, and Chicago blues, in
the case of Muddy Waters.
In an effort to explore the
comparison of these two individuals from multiple angles, this symposium will
broach a variety of topics including the musical worlds of bluegrass and
Chicago blues; the intersection of black and white music in America; the power
of individual personality in shaping musical style; the effect of technology on
the creation and dissemination of American music; the effect of migration to
big cities on rural musicians; and others relating to relevant social,
cultural, historical, and musical issues.
We welcome submissions from scholars and performers in
fields that relate to the musical, cultural, historical, and social aspects of
Chicago blues and bluegrass. In an effort to expand the conventional format of
presentations, performances, musical works, and other creative contributions
are also encouraged.
This symposium will feature 15 to 20 sessions over the
course of two days. Sessions will be one to two hours long including Q&A.
Proposals are invited for three different types of sessions:
discussions: presenters share ideas on a common theme or area of focus.
presentations or performances.
format sessions: Participants may choose a more experimental form of
presentation such as a demonstration of techniques, a screening and
discussion of a film, or any other unconventional or creative format.
Proposals should be submitted electronically through
the Proposal Submission Form no later than
December 6, 2013.
Proposals containing supporting audio-visual materials that
are too large to send by email may be uploaded via Dropbox to firstname.lastname@example.org.