The Fretful Porcupine to "Embody Music" at Baylor's Honors College Lecture

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Oct. 28, 2011

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Kevin Gosa, violinist, and Jake Armerding, saxophonist, of the Fretful Porcupine will present "Embodying Music: The Case for Live Music in a Digital Age" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Drawing Room of Memorial Residence Hall, 1425 S. Seventh St.

The two-man band will present a lecture about the importance of live music and will perform for event attendees.

"Despite the saturation of music into almost every facet of culture, culture no longer has an understanding of what music actually 'is' and why, of all its particular manifestations, live music is absolutely unique," said Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College. "And for culture to flourish, live music must thrive."

Students are encouraged to attend the joint lecture and performance to gain a new understanding about music's impact.

"Music is something that students 'consume' nearly round-the-clock and in ever-increasingly portable ways," Hibbs said. "Having a re-humanized perspective on music can not only deepen a listener's connection to a song, but in the live music context, transform the art itself."

The musicians will perform their self-described "finely-crafted roots chamber music made of saxophones, wires and wood," with several original compositions and arrangements. These include "Invention Faux Bach," "The Water is Wide" and "Untitled #4." They also will improvise new compositions, Hibbs said.

The event is sponsored by Baylor University's Honors College and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (254) 710-7689.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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