Music professor’s new book explores ‘cultural cannibalism’ – Oxford Observer

A new book by Ricardo Averbach, professor of music and director of orchestral studies in Miami

University, was released in August.

“Villa-Lobos and Modernism: The Apotheosis of Cannibal Music” was published by

Lexington Books, a print by Rowman and Littlefield.

The book examines the contribution of Heitor Villa-Lobos to the modernist movement during the

20th century. Averbach exalts cannibalism as a prime example of modernist aesthetics.

Brazilian percussionist Villa-Lobos lived the philosophy of ‘cultural cannibalism’, consuming, digesting, and regurgitating culture and information to create experimental music.

Averbach, who has lived in Oxford since 2002, is guest conductor with orchestras in 17 countries. His recorded performances have sold over half a million copies worldwide.

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