By discussing the political core of “blues form”, which Baraka defines as the artistic and cultural expression of resistance of African-Americans, Sezgin Boynik will show in which way this form has influenced the historical-materialist and internationalist understanding of free jazz. Archie Shepp, Jayne Cortez, Jean-Louis Comolli, Horace Campbell, Frank Kofsky, George H. Lewis and Zora Neale Hurston will be names of the programme.
Boynik is the editor-in-chief of Rab-Rab: journal for political and formal inquiries in art is an independent journal published bi-annually in Helsinki. The focus of the journal is a relationship between experimental art forms and the political commitment. The last issue of the journal published in September 2015, focuses on the concept of noise and political consequences of the music. Apart from addressing the questions of knowledge in music (it’s heuristic capacities), the focus of the texts was the representation of political violence in the music, the critique of Luigi Rusolo, class struggle and the music, etc.