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POP TALKS: Victoria Monét

POP TALKS: Victoria Monét

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Friday, August 7, 2020
12pm PT / 3pm ET

NPR Music x Pop Conference in collaboration with The Museum of Pop Culture present

POP TALKS:
Victoria Monét

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POP TALKS is a new pop-up conversation series on Instagram live.

Join NPR Music and Pop Conference for hourlong, thoughtful conversations with today's most intriguing musicians.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Victoria Monét talks about her creativity and her new solo project, JAGUAR, on Friday August 7th, in an interview with Jason King.

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About Victoria Monét

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Victoria Monét is a multi-dimensional, versatile singer, songwriter, and dancer whose forthcoming solo project, JAGUAR, is an unapologetic declaration of female empowerment and sexual freedom. As a queer woman of color working in a landscape that still actively pigeonholes artists with marginalized identities, Monét makes music and art that play with gender roles, and themes of femininity.

Monét leveraged her considerable songwriting skills writing some of the biggest hits in contemporary pop, hip-hop, and R&B for top 40 and critical darlings like Nas, T.I., Chloe x Halle, and Brandy. She earned four nominations at last year's Grammys for her work on Ariana Grande’s thank u, next. Monét’s unique ability to juxtapose the fresh and familiar, the sexual and substantial, and the feeling of nostalgia with modern and youthful aesthetics, sets her apart.

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Jason King

Jason King

Jason King is a professor and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, an innovative leadership training program for aspiring music entrepreneurs.

A journalist, musician, DJ, songwriter, curator and producer, Jason was the host and co-producer of NPR's Noteworthy, a series on the creative process of music superstars like Dua Lipa and Miguel, as well as the curator of NPR's 24/7 R&B radio channel.

He is currently working on a biography of Freddie Mercury, and producing and directing documentaries.

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POP TALKS: Moses Sumney

POP TALKS: Moses Sumney

Thursday, July 23
6pm PT / 9pm ET

NPR Music x Pop Conference in collaboration with The Museum of Pop Culture present

POP TALKS:
Moses Sumney

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POP TALKS is a new pop-up conversation series on Instagram live.

Join NPR Music and Pop Conference for hourlong, thoughtful conversations with today's most intriguing musicians.

First up is Moses Sumney on Thursday, July 23, interviewed by Jason King.

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Moses Sumney

Moses Sumney

Moses Sumney evades definition as an act of duty: technicolor videos and monochrome clothes; Art Rock and Black Classical; blowing into Fashion Week from a small town in North Carolina; seemingly infinite collaborators, but only one staggering voice. A young life spent betwixt Southern California and Accra, Ghana - not so much rootless as an epyphite, an air plant. The scale is cinematic but the moves are precise deeds of art and stewardship. Sumney's new, generous double album, græ, is an assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance.

There's probably a biblical analogy to be made about a person who just happens to be named Moses, who flees the binary, splits a massive body into two pieces, and leads us through the in-between - holy and wholly rebellious. By breaking up græ into two multifaceted, dynamic pieces, Sumney is quite literally creating a "grey" in-between space for listeners to absorb and consider the art. Not strictly singles, not strictly albums, never altogether songs or spoken word segments on their own. It's neither here nor there. "Neither/Nor," if you will.

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Jason King

Jason King

Jason King is a professor and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, an innovative leadership training program for aspiring music entrepreneurs.

A journalist, musician, DJ, songwriter, curator and producer, Jason was the host and co-producer of NPR's Noteworthy, a series on the creative process of music superstars like Dua Lipa and Miguel, as well as the curator of NPR's 24/7 R&B radio channel.

He is currently working on a biography of Freddie Mercury, and producing and directing documentaries.

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Thursday, July 16
4pm PT / 7pm ET

Pop Con 2020 in conjunction with The Apollo Theater Education Program Presents

Deconstructing Little Richard

A Free Online Teach-In Event About the Originator, Emancipator and Architect of Rock ‘n Roll

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Little Richard, who passed away in May, helped pioneer rock music in the 1950s, riding high on gospel-influenced musicianship and black queer fabulosity. Throughout his seven-decade career, he confronted industry exploitation and racism, and he transformed gender expression in popular culture. Join musicians, scholars, DJs and writers for a free online discussion event about the self-appointed originator, emancipator, and architect of Rock ‘n Roll.

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Ian Isiah, recording artist

Nona Hendryx, singer, songwriter, producer

Alisha Lola Jones, assistant professor, Indiana University Bloomington

Jason King, professor, musician, New York University

Uri McMillan, associate professor, UCLA

Madison Moore, artist-scholar, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Tavia Nyong’o, professor, Yale University

Zandria Robinson, associate professor, Georgetown University


Deconstructing Little Richard panelists

Deconstructing Little Richard panelists

Pop Con 2020 Presents

 

Listening To Our Youth 

With Music by

JD Samson & Eli Escobar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MoPOP | The Residency

Forever Young: Popular Music and Youth Across the Ages

2020 MoPOP Pop Conference

Pop Con 2020 is being reimagined as an online conference, to be held in September 2020, exact dates and times to be announced.

Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle WA


ABOUT POP CONFERENCE

The annual MoPOP Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music discourse of every kind to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation.


 

 

 

There is no pop music without youth, and no youth without pop music.

Across multiple generations and eras, "the youth" have been regarded as a troublesome, paradigm-shifting force in both music and politics. Music has been the medium of youthful dissent: from traditionally anti-establishment genres like rock, punk, hip-hop, and metal, to the most “bubblegum” expressions of pop (whose value is often sneered at due to its appeal to broad constituencies of girls, queer people, and people of color). This year's Pop Conference is an exploration and celebration of youth across generations, locations, and disparate contexts; listening with intensity to what is behind the urgent call we’ve heard from multiple artists to remain “forever young.” Who gets to have youth? And whose music gets to represent youth, only to be wistfully remembered later, while other youthful sounds are deemed dangerous or stunted?

Panels, presentations, and programs will dive deep into the theme by asking:

  • How are musical expressions of innocence and experience assigned based on an artist’s race, gender, sexuality, class and nationality?
  • How are different musical genres adopted into anti-institutional, anti-nationalist soundtracks of youthful rebellion across the globe?
  • How are our youthful attachments to music limited to the concept of “going through a phase”?
  • How has technology enabled young people to make and distribute music in unexpected ways?
  • What are some of the locations, venues, and scenes in which youth cultures have been given room to flourish?
  • Why do musicians cling to the notion of youth in an effort to remain relevant?

2020 Program Committee Members

Hanif Abdurraqib (writer and cultural critic), Raquel Gutiérrez (writer, performer), Gerrick Kennedy (Los Angeles Times), Summer Kim Lee (Dartmouth College), Iván Ramos (University of Maryland), Robert Rutherford (Museum of Pop Culture), Doreen St. Felix (The New Yorker), Karen Tongson (University of Southern California), J.D. Samson (musician, NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music), RJ Smith (author), and Oliver Wang (CSU Long Beach).

This event is supported by Critical Minded, an initiative to invest in cultural critics of color cofounded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

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