Henrik Marstal | Gender Diversity vs Gender Bias in Music

Monday 19th of June | 12 pm Marmorsalen, Sentralen The Gender Gap - How it Works, Why it Hurts Photo: Carsten Seidel

Monday 19th of June | 12 pm
Marmorsalen, Sentralen
The Gender Gap - How it Works, Why it Hurts

Photo: Carsten Seidel

Why should genders of all kinds play a crucial part in the development of popular music? Can gender bias be a structural problem? On a yearly basis, the lack of female performers on music festivals stirs up a heated debate in Denmark regarding gender issues in popular music. In the light of this debate, Henrik Marstal will discuss the questions above and explain why the idea of musical quality can be gender-biased. Marstal will also argue why an increased focus not only on gender, but also diversity in general is important to build a more balanced and creative music scene.

Henrik Marstal is a Danish musician, producer and writer. He has a PhD in Musicology and is currently working as an associate professor at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Marstal is the author of several books – among them books about the history of electronic music, the composer Arvo Pärt and the act of music listening. His latest book focuses on the role of men in the gender debate.