An Artist’s Duty is to Reflect The Times. | 艺术家的责任是影射时代

An Artist’s Duty is to Reflect The Times. | 艺术家的责任是影射时代

Nina Simone’s words posit an important statement for us to consider, that artists have a duty or responsibility to reflect the times. This statement was one of the stimulus statements that served as a starting point for the Association for Music in International School’s (AMIS) composition workshop for students in IB Music. During the weekend of November 5-7, four students from QAIS traveled to Beijing to attend a workshop at the International School of Beijing. Facilitated by musician and composer Mark Bradshaw from the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, students from 8 different international schools came together to immerse themselves fully in the composition and collaboration process.

“An artist’s duty is to reflect the times.”

~ Nina Simone

During the opening keynote address, Mr. Bradshaw challenged students to step up to this challenge of using music and composition to reflect the issues of threat, injustice, and conflict. As a collective we listened to three “key works” that provoked thinking about how different composers have answered this challenge. To show the range of possible musical responses, one example was a piece of spoken work from a hip-hop composer that is a commentary on how police brutality in America has targeted African Americans. Stylistically different but with a tremendous impact, we listed to a piece from of Steve Reich’s from the 1980’s that uses voice recordings from Holocaust survivors mixed with simple string lines to address the horrors of being transported to concentration camps. The students walked out of this opening session with a mix of complicated emotions and a desire to find their own musical voice.

They then gathered in mixed groups and spent the next day and half working to create an original piece in their chosen style. The work was intense, challenging, personal and therefore the impact was powerful. As they shared their final works on the Saturday afternoon it was clear that each of the 60+ students at the workshop was challenged to think about issues of conflict and injustice and decide how they could offer their own musical voice to the world. As one of our QAIS students has said to me many times “this was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had”.

This weekend was a testament to the creativity, passion and dedication of our students to think deeply about the world around them and actively respond. Coming on the heels of the QAIS grade 10 interdisciplinary unity about non-violent protest and incredible creative work of those students, it is clear that the students in our community care deeply about the world around them and have been inspired to both connect their learning and to share their voices with the greater community.


 

妮娜西蒙妮的话为我们安置了一个重要的声明去思考,那就是艺术家们有责任或者说有义务去影射时代。这个声明是多个作为国际学校音乐组织的作曲研讨会起点激性性声明的其中一个。在十一月五号到七号周末期间,四个青岛美亚国际学校的学生去往北京参加了位于北京国际学校的研讨会。在来自世界联合学院东南亚新加坡分校的音乐、作曲家马克布拉德肖的帮助下,来自八个不同的国际学校的学生聚在一起,全身心的沉浸在作曲和合作的过程当中。 

“艺术家的责任是影射时代。” 

–妮娜西蒙妮 

在开场幻灯片演讲期间,布拉德肖先生挑战学生们去用音乐和作曲去反应威胁、不公正和冲突等问题。作为一个集体,我们听了三个可以激起关于不同作曲家对这个挑战回答的思考的“关键作品”。为了展示可能的音乐回答的范围,一个例子是一段关于美国警察暴力对待黑种人的评论的嘻哈说唱。学生们带着复杂的情感和对找寻自己音乐声音的欲望走出了教室。 

     之后,他们聚在不同的组,在接下来的一天半的时间内创作他们自己已选风格的原创音乐。他们的工作是繁重的、挑战的、个人的,所以影响是有力的。当他们最终在周六下午分享他们的最终作品时,清楚的是,全场六十多个学生都已经完成了对冲突、不公正等问题的思考和决定怎样对世界提供他们自己音乐声音的挑战。就像我们其中一个学生所说过很多次的:“这是我所经历的最有力量的经历之一。” 

     这个周末是对创造力、激情和我们学生深度思考在他们身边的世界以及积极回应的奉献精神的证明。紧随其后的是美亚十年级学生关于反暴力抗议和他们创造性作品的跨学科的结合,显而易见的是我们社区的学生深切地关心围绕他们的世界,而且他们也被激发去结合他们学到的知识,然后向着更大的社区发出他们自己的声音。 

译者:Paul Pei  11年级(作为CAS服务项目)

 

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