Event Title

Bridging the Gap: An Ethnographic Look at Colby Jazz Band and Its Audience

Presenter Information

Gabriela Cortez, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 344

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Here at Colby, we tend to gain connections through common interests and experiences. But can we still make these connections if they are based on knowledge and experiential differences? In looking at the gap between the Colby Jazz Band and the Colby community as its audience, I found many ways that both groups use their differences to bridge that gap and interact with one another. The relationship is not always there, but by interviewing Jazz band participants, and observing rehearsal as well as a concert, I was able to see where those differences create an ally in the onlooker or where a disconnect is maintained. The results differ on an individual basis, because, for some, the conductor is the only way that both groups can create a connection. But others find inspiration in creating that relationship on their own. As a whole community, it is important to look at how these existing relationships have made us grow as a school and how to continue to bridge the gaps between performer and audience.

Faculty Sponsor

Natasha Zelensky

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Music Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

387

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Bridging the Gap: An Ethnographic Look at Colby Jazz Band and Its Audience

Diamond 344

Here at Colby, we tend to gain connections through common interests and experiences. But can we still make these connections if they are based on knowledge and experiential differences? In looking at the gap between the Colby Jazz Band and the Colby community as its audience, I found many ways that both groups use their differences to bridge that gap and interact with one another. The relationship is not always there, but by interviewing Jazz band participants, and observing rehearsal as well as a concert, I was able to see where those differences create an ally in the onlooker or where a disconnect is maintained. The results differ on an individual basis, because, for some, the conductor is the only way that both groups can create a connection. But others find inspiration in creating that relationship on their own. As a whole community, it is important to look at how these existing relationships have made us grow as a school and how to continue to bridge the gaps between performer and audience.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/171