Calypso: Tradition and Creativity
Barrett, Collin Andrew
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In this thesis, I will research the history of calypso music from the early origins to present times with an emphasis on form and structure, melodic shape and line, textural energy, instrumentation, and various other relevant components. I will also consider the aspects of the tradition as realized by selected artists who previously and successfully fused elements of calypso with various sub-genres to create a new fresh sound. Included in this research will be famous artists such as Lord Kitchener, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Andy Narell who offer impressive models for inspiration and study. My research will inform the creation of a collection of original compositions containing relevant aspects of several styles with a clear focus and emphasis on the melding of calypso and jazz traditions above other sources of inspiration. Audio recordings of my newly created compositions will also be an aspect of the creative component.