Esperanza Spalding is bringing her music expertise to Harvard. According to the Harvard Gazette, she’ll be joining the faculty alongside Brooklyn-based flautist Claire Chase as a professor of practice in the university’s Music Department.
“The appointments of Claire Chase and Esperanza Spalding have great symbolic importance to our department,” department chair Suzannah Clark said. “They signal a commitment to the creative performing arts as a core feature of liberal arts education in the 21st century, and position the department for the musical landscape of the future, while providing Harvard students — and all of us — with bold models for how to live as artists in the world.”
Spalding—joining 9th Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Young Guru and others who’ve recently added a teaching notch to their belt—is slated to start teaching in the spring.
The news comes around the same time as the announcement of her forthcoming album, Exposure, which she plans to record before a web audience during a 77-hour livestream starting September 12.
“I think of it creatively as a context where you give all that’s been cooking in there permission to come out at will,” she told The New York Times. “I thought: I just need a break from framing. I’m tired of backing everything up and explaining why this character does this and that.”
Read more about her forthcoming project here.