Past Event

Gospel Blues to Modern Gospel

June 9, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join Josef Sorett, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, for this six-part series run in coordination with two Columbia Summer Session courses: Gospel Music in Modern America and Religion and the History of Hip Hop.

The series brings together scholars, musicians, media workers, and fans for a discussion of the evolving role of religion in shaping the history of Black music. Each Wednesday will be organized around a selection of songs that guests will discuss as a means for thinking about the play between religion and music during a specific moment in time.

Part I focuses around the play between sacred and secular in gospel music, from the advent of modern gospel during the Great Migration era, through the rise of Contemporary Gospel Music, up through the early years of the 21st century.

Featuring Juilliard Professor and Ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley, this conversation will dig deeper into the early history of Gospel music, focusing on the three decades that followed the emergence of the genre in the 1930s.