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Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Pet Sounds Reimagined at IAWM and FT&M15 Conference 2019
June 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
*Performance venue TBA
“The 15th biennial Feminist Theory and Music conference will take place at Berklee’s Boston campus from June 6 through 9, 2019, in collaboration with the International Alliance for Women in Music and in association with the Berklee’s Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and the Office of Academic Affairs. This conference will bring together composers, performers, scholars, innovators, and improvisers who celebrate, challenge, and transform our future with cutting-edge music, music technology, and innovative scholarship.” –from Berklee.edu
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Pet Sounds Reimagined is a recomposition of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album performed in its entirety by an all-female rock band. Composer and lead vocalist Melissa Weikart reimagines The Beach Boys’ magnum opus as a feature for the versatility of the female voice, pushing the boundaries of traditional vocal harmony. Her arrangements, inspired by Meredith Monk and the Boswell Sisters, construct an intimate dialogue between lush, unsettling dissonances and playful backup refrains that expose the patriarchal narratives at the root of Brian Wilson and Tony Asher’s iconic lyrics. The innovative vocal choir hovers over a modern post-punk rock band to create something fresh out of a timeless classic, reclaiming much-needed space in the male-dominated pop music canon.” –from melissaweikart.com