Nebal Maysaud, 24, has been sounding off in NewMusicBoxUSA:
Western classical music is not about culture. It’s about whiteness. It’s a combination of European traditions which serve the specious belief that whiteness has a culture—one that is superior to all others. Its main purpose is to be a cultural anchor for the myth of white supremacy. In that regard, people of color can never truly be pioneers of Western classical music. The best we can be are exotic guests: entertainment for the white audiences and an example of how Western classical music is more elite than the cultures of people of color…
Read on here.
Maysaud is described as ‘a queer Lebanese composer based in the Washington D.C. Metro Area’.