Michael Baird (Utrecht // Zambia)
Friday, 3 November, 21:00 – 23:00, Konzertsaal, #2 Navigating Exoticism and Appropriation, Talk
Drummer/composer/producer/field-recordist Michael Baird was born in Zambia and has been a Netherlands resident since he was thirteen. Inspired by Hugh Tracey, he has made many field trips in Africa to record local music, so far to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho. His label SWP Records has released the work of pioneering music-ethnologists: A 22-cd series of Historical Recordings by Hugh Tracey, digitally re-mastering from the original field tapes, and a compilation of likewise historical recordings of some others who came after Tracey. Cultural diversity and the documentation of the astounding richness of local and regional African musics is a central concern of his work.