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Art, Life, Faith


   日 時:10月9日(月)19:00―21:30

 場 所: ロジャ & アビ・ラウザー 宅  
     大江戸・有楽町線「月島」駅 徒歩7分


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ゲストプロフィール:ニューヨーク市立大学大学院音楽専攻博士課程。 SF・ファンタジー音楽に詳しく、個性と集団的なアイ デンティティーが音楽演奏によってどのように構築されるかをテーマに研究している。歌、踊り、 演劇、フルートの演奏が好き。 

Date: October 9th (Monday), 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Theme: Music & POP Culture
Guest: Aya Hayashi
Location: Home of Roger and Abi Lowther
    River Point Tower, Room 2207
    1-11-6 Tsukuda, Chuo Ku, Tokyo
    7 minutes from Tsukishima Station on Oedo & Yurakucho Lines
               080-4322-4475, Abi Lowther 

All are welcome! We will have a potluck style meal, so please bring something share. Looking forward to seeing you!

*Guest Profile: Aya has a PhD in Musicology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, with a focus on science fiction fantasy music and how musical performance constructs personal and communal identities. Aya likes to sing, dance, act, and play the flute.

October 9 – Arts, Life, & Faith: Music and Pop culture


Since its publication in 1997, J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter series has become an international phenomenon. It has sold over 400 million copies and been translated into sixty-eight languages. Since the early 2000s, the franchise has expanded to include two companion books, nine films, an interactive website, a theme park, and two plays currently being produced in London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Rowlings’ wizarding world has also inspired an enormous font of creativity from its fans: fiction, art, tattoos, videos, and music.

In this talk, I focus on wizard rock, a do-it-yourself music movement started by Harry Potter fans. I provide a brief history of wizard rock and delve into its complicated history with issues of morality and social justice. Drawing on the work of theologians James K. A. Smith and David Dark, and the musicological scholarship on wizard rock, I use the Harry Potter franchise as a case study of a pop cultural phenomenon that functions like religion in our “post-Christian,” pluralist world. My intent, however, is not to dismiss pop culture as a form of idolatry. Rather, I explore the common grace elements in Harry Potter and wizard rock and examine how pop culture can foster conversations about the Gospel and hope today.

Earlier Event: July 17
Art, Life, Faith
Later Event: October 14