Neo-Pastiche: Changes in American Music is a critical musical gathering featuring presentations by living American composers and performers whose work comes from outside standard academic or popular music contexts. Bringing in a diverse group of musicians from around the country, focusing particularly on New York City and local Asheville artists, the festival will take place over the course of four days in April 2019 (April 25th -28th) at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center.
Neo-Pastiche: Changes in American Music will create a space for considering the work of living American musicians on the basis of shared sensibilities and methodologies across discursive and social boundaries of style, institutional affiliation, race, sex and age. Beyond positing what these shared sensibilities and methods might be, our mission is to provide an opportunity for inspiring musical experience outside of standard institutionalized discourse; our hope is that the festival encourages a consideration of American non-institutional musics propelled by those performers and audience-members participating in this event in a spirit of fun and criticality.
The program will feature musicians working under the headings of experimental music, both improvised and composed, electronic and computer musics, contemporary dance music, Appalachian string music, honky-tonk, speech and text based musics, video art, and more. The festival will take place in partnership with Western North Carolina non-profit organizations the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center and the Media Arts Project and UNC Asheville to provide public educational outreach surrounding our programming. In addition to musical offerings, panel discussions will be held by participants, food will be available and parties will follow our formal programming. In the spirit of Western North Carolina’s longstanding history as a point of inspiration and creative and collective self-determination, Neo-Pastiche: Changes in American Music hopes to invite a refreshed sense of what contemporary American music can be - where music can be engaged not only in terms of gallery art or popular culture, but also as a discursive field in its own right.