The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Thursday, April 22 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Fluxed: Making Popular Music In the Midst of Change and Transition (Keynote Talk with Devonté Hynes, Roísín Murphy, Rostam, Tamara Lindeman, Ann Powers)

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A online keynote panel in collaboration with NPR Music
and New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music


Moderated by ANN POWERS, writer, NPR Music
Produced by JASON KING, New York University

Thursday April 22nd at 6 pm ET
Go to NPR Music’s YouTube www.youtube.com/nprmusic
This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

To kick off a four-day special “Convergence” version of the annual Pop Conference, the
keynote conversation invites a panel of four artists thriving within the highly
volatile environment of contemporary popular music to discuss how the spirit
and realities of change both challenge and inspire them. From taking on the
themes of transformation and precariousness in their own music, to fully
exploring what new technologies can communicate, to coping with a radically
altered social and economic landscape, musicians must act at the forefront of
new 21st-century modes of being. This open-ended conversation connects the
transforming craft and business of music-making to the art of capturing musical
meanings in a highly turbulent world.

The panel’s participants are leaders in reimagining what music and its cultures can be:
singer-songwriter-auteur Devonté Hynes, whose work under many different names
(Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion) exemplifies the refusal to adhere to
outdated categories; producer and musician Rostam, who has been instrumental in
defining the anti-genre sound of 21st century pop; singer, songwriter and
producer Roísín Murphy, whose dance-inspired music finds the point where past
meets future, and Tamara Lindeman, who records as the Weather Station and
models how the singer-songwriter role is changing in response to both exploding
musical categories and a world in crisis. Ann Powers, NPR Music Critic and author of many books, most recently Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul, moderates. The event is produced by Jason King, hosted by New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and presented in conjunction with NPR Music.

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Devonté Hynes

Devonté Hynes is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist. Raised in England, he started in the punk band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion. Since 2011, Devonté has released four solo albums under... Read More →
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Rostam is a musician, singer, songwriter, and composer and one of the greatest pop and indie-rock producers of his generation. Born to Iranian parents and Washington, D.C.-reared, Rostam also works as a solo artist and has released two critically-acclaimed solo albums: 2017’s Half-Light... Read More →
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Tamara Lindeman (of The Weather Station)

“Most people are afraid of the dark…Many adults fear, above all, the darkness that is the unknown, theunseeable, the obscure. And yet the night in which distinctions and definitions cannot be readily made isthe same night in which love is made, in which things merge, change, become... Read More →
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Ann Powers

Critic and Correspondent; Founder, Turning the Tables, NPR Music
Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. Her books include Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America,and (with the aritst)Tori Amos: Piece By Piece. She is the co-editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of Rock... Read More →
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Roísín Murphy

When we speak of identity in the arts, in the world of dance music in particular, the very idea of an auteur is currently a very sparsely deployed one indeed. There was a time – maybe 20, 30 years ago, maybe longer – when stars were continually recontextualising the boundaries... Read More →

Thursday April 22, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT