Item 4 - Interview with Bruce A. Russell conducted by Elizabeth Robinson

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Interview with Bruce A. Russell conducted by Elizabeth Robinson


  • November 3, 2020 (Creation)

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1 video recording (1 hr., 6 min., 16 sec.) : mp4

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Item is a video recorded interview between Elizabeth Robinson (interviewer, representative of the U of T Music Library) and Bruce A. Russell (interviewee). Bruce A. Russell, (aka Ibrahim El Mahboob) is a composer and self-taught pianist living and working in Toronto. He studied at York University with James Tenney and Phillip Werren, and has composed music for the Madawaska String Quartet, Modetn Times Stage Company, and McMaster dancers and choreographers Pan Johnson and Tracy Renee Stafford. Bruce is particularly interested in 20th and 21st century music, especially posminimalism, and music of the African diaspora, including notated and non-notated forms. Bruce and Elizabeth's conversation covers topics including tokenization, performative diversity, Black Lives Matter, racial politics, and police violence. Tigger warning: this interview includes discussion of discriminatory terminology used to classify Black people. The interview includes mentions of suicidal depression, mental health, and institutionalization.

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A censored version (with discriminatory terminology muted) of this interview is available here.

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