Levin curated the residency through his job as a senior project consultant with the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia, an agency of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture that co-sponsored the MusicUnitesUS residency along with the Music department, headed by Prof. Judith Eissenberg (MUS).
“One of the things I love doing as director of [MusicUnitesUS] is imagining how the music that comes from diverse traditions around the world will inspire and be inspired by conversations on our campus,” wrote Eissenberg in an e-mail to the Justice. She expressed particular excitement about the wide variety of disciplines that will participate in the residency events, including the Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, English and American Literature, Fine Arts and Theater Arts departments.
Levin, too, feels that the Qasimovs’ music is relevant to a variety of academic pursuits. Referring specifically to students in the Fine Arts department, he said, “This music is all about the intricacy of drawing lines, whether it’s through sound or with a paintbrush.”
“I have heard these artists’ music before, and I know that I will be taken for a musical and spiritual journey that I will remember for a long, long time,” said Eissenberg.
Source: The Justice Online