Recent Posts from the Department of Music

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas Featured in Columbia News

Professor Georg Friedrich Haas was recently featured on the ColumbiaNews website in an article titled "Pitch Perfect: Columbia Music Department Embraces Microtonal Music of Georg Friedrich Haas."  The article gives hightlights of Haas' career trajectory, awards, and critical acclaim as "one of the major composers of his generation," and discusses his recent work and accomplishments--from the Carnegie Hall premier of his dark dreams last October, to a recent work for solo trumpet written in memory of Eric Garner.

Read the full article here.

PhD Student Whitney Slaten Organizes IASPM-US Panel of Columbians

Columbia was well repesented in the panel discussion orgaized by Ethnomusicology PhD Student Whitney Slaten at the 2015 annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US) in Louisville last week.  The title of the panel was "Representing Labor in Digital Media: Radio, Records and Live Performance" and it represented an extension of Slaten's research on the relationships between music and labor, sound engineering and reproduction technologies, and popular music.

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's Work in Performance at La Mama

DMA alumna Courtney Bryan's Prophetika: An Oratorio will be performed at La Mama from March 20th through April 5th.

As the La Mama website describes this exciting performance:

"Award-winning stage director Charlotte Brathwaite joins forces with eclectic composer/pianist Courtney Bryan and celebrated installation artist Abigail DeVille in a sonically stimulating, visually spectacular experience.

Prof. Peter Susser's "Five Ballands for Solo Cello" Reviewed in Strings

The April 2015 issue of Strings magazine features a review of Prof. Peter Susser's (also a Columbia DMA Alumnus) "Five Ballads for Solo Cello," recently recorded by cellist Eric Bartlett.

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101 Peter Susser - "Essence of Cello" Review

Brad Garton receives Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award!

The Department of Music congratulates Professor Brad Garton on receiving  the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Created in 2005 by Columbia Trustee Gerry Lenfest ('58 LAW) to honor exceptional faculty in the Arts and Sciences, the awards are given annually to recognize unusual merit across a range of activities including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement, with primary emphasis on teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.  

Spring 2015 Colloquia in the Department of Music (all events public!)

Spring 2015 Colloquia - Columbia University Department of Music

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February 13: Joel Sachs (the Juilliard School)

"Weighing the Evidence: Problems for the Cowell Biographer." 

622 Dodge, 2 pm

 

February 13: "Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism, Sound, and Spirit": panel discussion: http://ircpl.org/event/tomorrowisthequestion/

Union Theological Seminary, James Memorial Chapel, 7-9 pm

Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life Life; and co-sponsored by Columbia's Department of Music; Columbia University's Edwin H. Case Chair in American Music;  the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; and the Department of Africana Studies at Barnard.

February 20: Stefano Lorenzetti (Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America)

Prof. George Lewis Interviewed in "I Care If You Listen" Magazine

Prof. George Lewis is featured in an interview in Issue 10 of I Care If You Listen magazine, entitled "The Past is Prologue," and written by Arlene and Larry Dunn. 

Alumna Prof. Adriana Helbig (U. Pittsburgh) Publishes "Hip Hop Ukraine."


Prof. Adriana Helbig

Prof. Adriana N. Helbig
 

The Department of Music congratulates Adriana N. Helbig, Associate Professor of Music at The University of Pittsburgh, and a 2005 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program, on the publication of her book Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration (2014, Indiana University Press). 

DMA alumna Kate Soper Featured in a NYT ArtsBeat Video

Kate Soper (DMA 2011) was recently featured in a New York Times ArtsBeat article, which includes a video of her performing "Go Away," from her 2011 "Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say," with flutist Erin Lesser.  ArtsBeat calls Soper's work "virtuosic" and "limit-stretching."

You can see the full article and watch the video here

Read more about Kate Soper's work on her website.

DMA Student Nina Young Named a "Trailblazing Artist" by WQXR

Congratulations to Columbia DMA student Nina Young who was named as one of "10 Imagination-Grabbing Trailblazing Artists of 2014" by WQXR's Q2 Music. 

The article includes an audio clip of Nina's "Vestigia Flammae" from a performance by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Brad Balliett writes:  "Nina's music is constantly surprising, but at the same time, seems predestined. Every event seems so well-placed and inevitable that one is left with the feeling that the piece could have gone only the way she has it mapped out. Echoes of Stravinsky and something spectral give way to an intensely personal voice cut through with an ear for color and balance that is almost unmatched among composers that are not Marcos Balter, Alex Mincek or Helmut Lachenmann. Listen and enjoy."

You can see the full article here

Learn more about Nina's work on her website.

Brad Garton receives Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award!

The Department of Music congratulates Professor Brad Garton on receiving  the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Created in 2005 by Columbia Trustee Gerry Lenfest ('58 LAW) to honor exceptional faculty in the Arts and Sciences, the awards are given annually to recognize unusual merit across a range of activities including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement, with primary emphasis on teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.  

MIVOS QUARTET with composer/soprano & DMA alum Kate Soper (3/11, Free!)

Event Date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America Columbia University 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 116th & 118th Streets)

The Italian Academy at Columbia University presents:


MIVOS QUARTET with composer/soprano KATE SOPER

Music of Berg, Gesualdo, Iannotta and a world premiere by Kate Soper

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
7:00 PM

Free and open to the public,
No reservations required


Highlighting works for soprano and string quartet, the Mivos Quartet will present a program featuring the world premiere of Nadja, a large-scale composition for string quartet and voice by composer/soprano Kate Soper, alongside works by Clara Iannotta and Carlo Gesualdo, and Alban Berg's Lyric Suite with reconstructed soprano part.

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas Featured in Columbia News

Professor Georg Friedrich Haas was recently featured on the ColumbiaNews website in an article titled "Pitch Perfect: Columbia Music Department Embraces Microtonal Music of Georg Friedrich Haas."  The article gives hightlights of Haas' career trajectory, awards, and critical acclaim as "one of the major composers of his generation," and discusses his recent work and accomplishments--from the Carnegie Hall premier of his dark dreams last October, to a recent work for solo trumpet written in memory of Eric Garner.

Read the full article here.

PhD Student Whitney Slaten Organizes IASPM-US Panel of Columbians

Columbia was well repesented in the panel discussion orgaized by Ethnomusicology PhD Student Whitney Slaten at the 2015 annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US) in Louisville last week.  The title of the panel was "Representing Labor in Digital Media: Radio, Records and Live Performance" and it represented an extension of Slaten's research on the relationships between music and labor, sound engineering and reproduction technologies, and popular music.

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's Work in Performance at La Mama

DMA alumna Courtney Bryan's Prophetika: An Oratorio will be performed at La Mama from March 20th through April 5th.

As the La Mama website describes this exciting performance:

"Award-winning stage director Charlotte Brathwaite joins forces with eclectic composer/pianist Courtney Bryan and celebrated installation artist Abigail DeVille in a sonically stimulating, visually spectacular experience.

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