Recent Posts from the Department of Music

Alumnus Dr. Harald Kisiedu Appointed for Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Guelph

Dr. Harald Akuffo Kisiedu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Harald Kisiedu, who received his PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia in 2014, has been appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph, in Canada, for the academic year 2015-2016.

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Performs at Reid Hall

MPP Director Magdalena Baczewska performed J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in Reid Hall's Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Europe on June 29th, as part of a European concert tour.  The New York City performance of the Goldberg Variations will take place on 7/21/15 at 8 PM at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The Variations will be performed on the harpsichord and the piano.

An article on the Columbia Global Centers website described her performance as "virtuoso" and noted that that "her sensitive and compelling interpretation of Bach's technically demanding masterpiece was received with great enthusiasm, marking the successful inauguration of what promises to be an exciting partnership between Reid Hall and the Music Department as they look forward to organizing similar concerts in the upcoming year."

Conference Restaging the Harlem Renaissance and Performance of H. Lawrence Freeman's Opera Voodoo

Friday, June 26, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Butler Library, Rooms 522 and 523

Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman (to purchase opera tickets click here). Compared to Richard Wagner by a contemporary journalist, Freeman's music - blending western classical music with American and African-American subjects and musical styles - offers a fresh perspective on the performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance.

Read about "Voodoo" in The New York Times.

Composition by DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan Performed at MoMA

DMA alumna Courtney Bryan's collaboration with artist Steffani Jemison on Promise Machine is the public culmination of a multipart commission organized by MoMA's Department of Media and Performance Art.

Tyshawn Sorey Wins 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award!

The Department of Music proudly congratulates Columbia DMA student Tyshawn Sorey, who has received a prestigious 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award from the Doris Duke Foundation Performing Arts Awards. 

From the Doris Duke Impact Awards Website:

Biography:  
Born and raised in Newark, NJ Tyshawn Sorey blends composition and improvisation across a variety of styles and genres. As an instrumentalist, he is known for his skillful open, groove-oriented, and through-composed forms and for his virtuosity on drums, piano, and trombone. The International Contemporary Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, and TAK Ensemble have performed his compositions, which integrate African diasporic, Western classical, and avant-garde musical forms. As a bandleader, he has released four critically acclaimed recordings. The most recent, Alloy (Pi, 2014), features a half-hour-long work and explores extremes of sonic sparseness and density. He has been selected as a Danish International Visiting Artist (2013) and for the Other Minds Residency (2012). He has lectured on composition and improvisation at Columbia University, Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and Hochschule fur Musik Koln, among other institutions. In 2015, he will appear with his trio at Rotterdam's North Sea Jazz Festival and NYC's Village Vanguard.

What are the creative challenges you face as an artist?
"Logically extending my musical upbringing, my creative output relies on the convergence of myriad performance traditions. This type of work, however, presents its own set of challenges. As my work synthesizes a wide spectrum of genres and, simultaneously, contests extant aesthetic constructions of place; it is a considerable undertaking to garner greater visibility for its performance and reception. I aim to carve out significantly more time for composition, practice, and promotion, activities that are all fundamental to presenting and advancing the vitality and visibility of my work. In addition, it is my hope to publish musical scores, recordings, and written literature on my music to make it more known and knowable to a wider public. Finally, I seek to contribute to creative excellence by balancing improvisation and formal structure through a body of work that is at once personal, direct, and visceral."

Learn more about Tyshawn Sorey's music and follow his career on his Facebook page, his Twitter, and his personal website.

DMA Alumnus Jeff Talman Publishes Article in NY Times!

DMA Alumnus Jeff Talman recently published a New York Times article, "Birds of New York: A Soundscape," which traces the relationship of birds and birdsong with his artwork, including his recent sound installation at St. Paul's, "When Soaring Sings." 

The article was published on June 13th in the Times "Op-Ed Opinionator-Menagerie" series online, and was featured in print in the "Week in Review" section on Sunday, June14.

You can read the full article here, which includes a sound excerpt and an animation by Lilli Carre.

 

 

 

Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion

Event Location: 
523 Butler Library, Columbia University
Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion
 
Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:00-7:00 pm
523 Butler Library, Columbia University
 
Editors and contributors will discuss Keywords in Sound, edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny (Duke University Press, 2015), a collection of twenty entries by leading scholars in the field of sound studies.
 
Participants: 
 
Ana Maria Ochoa, Columbia University
David Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara
Matt Sakakeeny, Tulane University
Deborah Kapchan, New York University
David Samuels, New York University
Thomas Porcello, Vassar College
Benjamin Steege, Columbia University
 
Moderator: Susan Boynton, Columbia University
 
Sponsored by the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the Department of Music.

2015: An Incredible Year for the Department of Music!

Columbia University Music Department graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty had an incredible year in 2015! Below is a partial listing of some of the highlights of the year. 

 

Congratulations to everyone!

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GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI APPOINTED TO ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

 

Nili Belkind (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014)  was appointed to a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Eric Chasalow (Composition DMA alumnus) is Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University

 

Alessandra Ciucci (GS alumna and former Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Music) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia.

 

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!

UNDERGRADUATES

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephan Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zeynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
PHD 
Shannon Garland
Melissa Gonzalez
David Gutkin
Jonathan "Toby" King
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi

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Congratulations to Dr. Alexander Rothe!

The Department of Music congratulates Alexander Rothe, who defended his dissertation in Historical Musicology on May 6, 2015. Dr. Rothe works on opera staging in postwar Germany. His dissertation ("Staging the Past: Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s") was advised by Prof. Walter Frisch, and examines how Wagner stagings both reflected and contributed to broader historical debates during this time period, especially debates about the Nazi past. It also investigates how these stagings served to articulate conceptions of national and cultural identity in both German states. Alex has received grants from Fulbright and DAAD.

David Gutkin Joins the Columbia Society of Fellows

David Gutkin (Historical Musicology) is one of the three new postdoctoral fellows joining the Columbia Society of Fellows in 2015.  He recently defended his dissertation, "American Opera and the Crisis of History," which explores antinomies of historical representation and national memory attending the resurgence of opera in the United States since the 1970s.  

Vilde Aaslid and Matthew Goodheart Appointed as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department has appointed Vilde Aaslid and Matthew Goodheart as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows for 2015-17. 
 
Vilde Aaslid is an interdisciplinary music scholar with interests in text and improvisation. She completed her PhD in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music at the University of Virginia in 2014, supported by a Jefferson Scholars Foundation fellowship. Her current book project examines the cultural and aesthetic interrelation of improvised music and poetry, building on her dissertation on jazz poetry intersection. Her work on Charles Mingus recently appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music. She is also an active performer of the Norwegian hardanger fiddle and practitioner of traditional Norwegian singing and dancing.
 
Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound artist who completed a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist, he has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener. His diverse creations range from large-scale microtonal compositions to open improvisations to immersive sound installations - all unified by the analytic techniques and performative methodologies that bring forth the unique and subtle acoustic properties of individual musical instruments. Goodheart's approach results in a "generative foundation" for exploring issues of perception, technology, cultural ritual, and the psycho-physical impact of acoustic phenomena. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Berlin Prize, and a 2013-14 Fulbright Grant to the Czech Republic where he worked with the historic quartertone pianos designed by Alois Haba.

Jeffrey Milarsky Conducts NY Philharmonic at the Met Museum on June 5th

Jeffrey Milarsky (Senior Lecturer in Music; Conductor and Music Director, Columbia University Orchestra) will conduct the New York Philharmonic at the Metropolitan Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on June 5th, at 7pm.

As the Met Museum's event calendar describes:

"Jeffrey Milarsky, one of the leading conductors of contemporary music today, conducts a Japan-focused program with works by Takemitsu, Messiaen, and Dai Fujikura, as well as the U.S. premiere of Misato Mochizuki's Si blue, si calme."

The performance is part of the New York Philharmonic's new season of CONTACT!, a new-music series featuring world and U.S. premieres, as well as specially commissioned works.

PhD Alumnus Nicholas Higgins Appointed Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Nicholas (Niko) Higgins, (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2013), who has been appointed to a (renewable) Guest Faculty position at Sarah Lawrence College.

Dr. Higgins' PhD dissertation is entitled "Confusion in the Karnatic Capital: Fusion in Chennai, India."  It was advised by Prof. Christopher Washburne.  Dr. Higgins has previously taught at Columbia University and at The New School.

PhD Alumnus Aaron Johnson Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Aaron Johnson (Ph.D., Historical Musicology, 2014) will be joining the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh in fall 2015 as Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Studies. In 2014-15 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College. 

After a career as an electrical engineer with Telcordia and a jazz performer (low brass) in New York, Johnson returned to academia and completed a degree in musicology with a dissertation entitled "Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage" (Columbia University, 2014). He was the reviews editor for Current Musicology, has presented papers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has published an article in Musical Quarterly on Duke Ellington's radio broadcasts. While at Columbia he won the Meyerson Award for excellence in teaching Music Humanities.

Alumnus Dr. Harald Kisiedu Appointed for Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Guelph

Dr. Harald Akuffo Kisiedu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Harald Kisiedu, who received his PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia in 2014, has been appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph, in Canada, for the academic year 2015-2016.

Music Department Fall 2015 Courses

SOUND, NATURE, ARCHIVE IN LATIN AMERICASEXING SOUND ARTMUSIC AND THE BRAINMUSIC, MEMORY, MIGRATIONLATENESS AND BEETHOVENLISTENING AND SOUNDJEWISH MUSIC IN NEW YORKTROUBADOURS AND THE VALUE OF SONGhttp://music.columbia.edu/files/fall_20

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Performs at Reid Hall

MPP Director Magdalena Baczewska performed J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in Reid Hall's Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Europe on June 29th, as part of a European concert tour.  The New York City performance of the Goldberg Variations will take place on 7/21/15 at 8 PM at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The Variations will be performed on the harpsichord and the piano.

An article on the Columbia Global Centers website described her performance as "virtuoso" and noted that that "her sensitive and compelling interpretation of Bach's technically demanding masterpiece was received with great enthusiasm, marking the successful inauguration of what promises to be an exciting partnership between Reid Hall and the Music Department as they look forward to organizing similar concerts in the upcoming year."

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