Willson Center faculty research cluster Athens Music Project continues its mission of shedding light on Athens’ historically under-represented creative sects with a daylong, on-campus event Thursday. At 4 p.m., the symposium kicks off with a lecture and performance by Dr. Skip Taylor, tantalizingly titled “Playing with the Local: Teaching Improvisation in the Public Schools.” The following panel, “Music in Early Athens,” will explore the gospel and traditional black music of Athens circa 1900. Pylon’s Michael Lachowski will deliver the keynote speech at 6 p.m., a rumination on the intersection between art and music that birthed the Athens scene in the ’70s and ’80s. Finally, a 7 p.m. roundtable will discuss the past and future of the venerable local venue 40 Watt Club.
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