Take turntables and microphones. “Things we wouldn’t normally consider instruments have become the most dominant ‘instruments’ in music today,” Bradley continues. “Ellison helps us understand that.”
Tonight’s lecture explores Ellison’s contribution by examining his fiction — both his well-known novel and an unfinished work published posthumously. With the help of a CU jazz trio — they’ll be performing musical demonstrations of Ellison’s concepts — Bradley aims to illuminate contemporary race-relation concerns like the presidency of Barack Obama and the shifting nature of American identity. “Ralph Ellison: His Big Idea” begins at 7 p.m. at the Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder. Admission is $7 to $10; for tickets, visit tickets.chautauqua.com/online or call 303-440-7667.
Wed., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., 2014