From Jest to Jazz: Use of Comedy and Chords
- Timothy Stock, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy
- Title: Finite Jest: Kierkegaard and the Limits of Comedy
- Description: This presentation serves as an overview of the interpretation advanced in Laughter’s Martyr, a book manuscript on Kierkegaard’s theory of the comic and its religious significance. Kierkegaard’s work is a self-aware parody of himself as a philosopher and a deeply taciturn thinker. The pseudonymous characters, understood as dramatis personae, represent his authorship as a literary drama of failures to achieve faith, freedom, and an authentic life in Christian love. But once we understand the ambivalence of the comic images his authorship presents: of a Bible indistinguishable from orthodoxy, a church indistinguishable from its nation, and an individual indistinguishable from circumstance, we can see his philosophy for what it is, a comic assemblage of inward artifacts that describe the limit of a godly life.
- Bio: Dr. Timothy Stock is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College.
- Jerry Tabor, Professor of Music
- Title: Using Deep-Structural Harmonic Reinterpretation to Generate Flexible Non-Functional Jazz Chord Successions
- Description: Jazz musicians traditionally enjoy endless possibilities in their improvisation over fixed, repeated chord progressions. But by using fixed progressions as background schemes that can be reinterpreted and then recomposed, creative possibilities are transferred into the composition's structure itself so that performers have choices in chord successions and even formal design. The presentation will demonstrate how this technique works and sounds as it appears in a suite of compositions being premiered by the Jerry Tabor Ear Alliance at the SU Jazz Festival on December 7-9.
- Bio: Dr. Jerry Tabor is a professor in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. His experimental concert music has been featured at many festivals and universities throughout the U.S. and in Europe. His composition lemon;birch is the focus of a new analytical essay written by renowned music theorist Thomas DeLio, which is forthcoming in a book from Routledge Press.
Questions? Please Contact:
Donna Carey, Executive Administrative Assistant, Fulton School of Liberal Arts
Fulton Hall (FH) 257