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SOUNDING COMMUNITIES: MUSIC AND THE THREE RELIGIONS IN MEDIEVAL IBERIA
Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27: CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room, 4pm-7:45pm
Friday, February 28: Faculty House, Columbia University, 9:30am-5pm
Poetry, song, and other forms of performance in Arabic, Latin, Hebrew, and Romance are central sources for the cultural and social history of medieval Iberia. This international conference brings together scholars of music, literature, and history to reflect on the insights that the sounding arts and their context can offer into Iberian communities and the interactions among them.
Sounding Communities is dedicated to the memory of Maria Rosa Menocal (1953-2012), whose influential book The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain was widely read as an eloquent account of peaceful coexistence. Although her vision of convivencia is contested, Menocal's contributions continue to inform the study of medieval Iberia, and to remind us of the prevalence of cultural interchange through music and poetry.
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The Columbia Music Performance Program announces a slate of end-of-semester concerts featuring student ensembles and performers. All events are free and open to the public!
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Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2014 (March 8, 2014)
Call for Abstracts on the theme: Music and Memory (ABSTRACT DEADLINE DEC. 15, 2013)
The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our tenth annual meeting on March 8, 2014 at Columbia University in New York. The theme of the 2014 meeting will be Music and Memory.
Burgeoning interdisciplinary inquiry on memory is enabling scholars to develop new perspectives in a diverse array of fields ranging from history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, archeology, cultural studies, and media studies, to philosophy, political science, theology, education, psychology, and the cognitive sciences. This conference will add to this growing interdisciplinary conversation about memory in the sciences, arts, and humanities, stimulating a dialogue both on the role of memory in music studies and on the place of music in studies of memory. We are soliciting proposals for twenty-minute presentations from scholars active in all music disciplines as well as from scholars in related fields, aiming to maximize the theoretical and methodological breadth of the discussion.
The Ditson Conductor's Award is awarded for distinguished contributions to American music, and given annually by Columbia University. It was presented to Prof. Milarsky at Alice Tully Hall on November 15, during a concert by the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Prof. Milarsky. The $5,000 award, which was established in 1945, was presented by the pianist Gilbert Kalish, the head of the Ditson advisory committee.
Hear the CU Orchestra perform music of Debussy, Strauss, and Prokofiev, under the direction of Maestro Milarsky, on Sunday, December 1st (8PM, Roone Arledge Auditorium) and again on Sunday December 8, 2013 (8PM, Miller Theater). Both concerts are free and open to the public!
The Department of Music congratulates Professor Ellen Gray on the publication of her book Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (Duke University Press). This ethnography of fado, Portugal's most celebrated popular music genre, shows how a musical genre can sediment, circulate, and transform affect, sonorously rendering history and place as soulful and feeling as public.
The book's introduction is currently available for preview and free download on Scribd.
"Lila Ellen Gray positions Lisbon's amateur fado scene in terms of all the contestation about what fado is and where the action is taking place. This positioning is a unique and valuable contribution to music ethnography, and Gray does major and convincing intellectual work arguing for 'amateur' scenes as paths into the deepest musical and ethnographic understandings of genre, style, performance, poesis, and the ways that sociality is lived and experienced through sound."--Steven Feld, author of Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana
The Department of Music congratulates Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Adam Kielman, who has won three prestigious prizes for papers presented at academic conferences, in addition to a major research fellowship (Fulbright DDRA) for his work in China.
The prizes awarded to Mr. Kielman include:
The Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize -- Awarded by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology (MACSEM) for the best student paper presented at their annual meeting held March 23-24, 2013 in Richmond, VA. Paper title: " 'Sounds like Home': Language and Place in Guangzhou's Modern Folk."
The Martin Hatch Award -- Awarded by the Society for Asian Music (SAM) for the best student paper on Asian music presented at the annual Society for Ethnomusicology national meeting held November 1-4, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Paper title: "Xiandai Minyao: 'Modern Folk' in Guangzhou."
The Barbara Barnard Smith Prize -- Awarded by the Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR) to recognize an outstanding student paper in the field of Chinese music, broadly defined, presented at the annual Society for Ethnomusicology national meeting held November 1-4, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Paper title: "Xiandai Minyao: 'Modern Folk' in Guangzhou."
Mr. Kielman, who is also an alumnus of Columbia College (EALAC major, LAJPP performer), has also just successfully defended his doctoral dissertation proposal, entitled "Sounding Configurations of Difference in Postsocialist China." He is preparing to depart for field research in China with support from a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, awarded in September 2013.
Congratulations to Mr. Kielman!
The Department warmly invites our friends and affiliates (including all faculty, staff, adjunct and associate faculty, graduate students, postdocs, undergraduate majors/concentrators, and MPP students) to join us for our annual Fall General Meeting and Holiday Party!
11am on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013 in 622 Dodge Hall
After the Meeting in 620 Dodge Hall, at around 12 noon.
CU Alum Amanda Minks Publishes "Voices of Play: Miskitu Children's Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua"
The Department congratulates PhD program alumna Prof. Amanda Minks (University of Oklahoma, PhD in Ethnomusicology, Columbia, 2006), who has just published Voices of Play: Miskitu Children's Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua with the University of Arizona Press' "First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies" series (2013).
While indigenous languages have become prominent in global political and educational discourses, limited attention has been given to indigenous children's everyday communication. Voices of Play is a study of multilingual play and performance among Miskitu children growing up on Corn Island, part of a multi-ethnic autonomous region on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.
Corn Island is historically home to Afro-Caribbean Creole people, but increasing numbers of Miskitu people began moving there from the mainland during the Contra War, and many Spanish-speaking mestizos from western Nicaragua have also settled there. Miskitu kids on Corn Island often gain some competence speaking Miskitu, Spanish, and Kriol English. As the children of migrants and the first generation of their families to grow up with television, they develop creative forms of expression that combine languages and genres, shaping intercultural senses of belonging.
Voices of Play, which began as Prof. Mink's PhD dissertation in Ethnomusicology at Columbia (with support from the Social Science Research Council), is the first ethnography to focus on the interaction between music and language in children's discourse. Minks skillfully weaves together Latin American, North American, and European theories of culture and communication, creating a transdisciplinary dialogue that moves across intellectual geographies. Her analysis shows how music and language involve a wide range of communicative resources that create new forms of belonging and enable dialogue across differences. Miskitu children's voices reveal the intertwining of speech and song, the emergence of "self" and "other," and the centrality of aesthetics to social struggle.
Amanda Minks is Associate Professor in the Honors College and is affiliated with the Department of Anthropology and with the programs in Native American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Oklahoma University. She earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University in 2006.
The Department congratulates 2006 Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program alumnus Prof. David Novak (UCSB), who has just published Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press, 2013).
Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America. With its cultivated obscurity, ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise has captured the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience.
For its scattered listeners, Noise always seems to be new and to come from somewhere else: in North America, it was called "Japanoise." But does Noise really belong to Japan? Is it even music at all? And why has Noise become such a compelling metaphor for the complexities of globalization and participatory media at the turn of the millennium?
In Japanoise, which began as a doctoral dissertation in Ethnomusicology at Columbia (with support from the Social Science Research Council), David Novak draws on more than a decade of research in Japan and the United States to trace the "cultural feedback" that generates and sustains Noise. He provides a rich ethnographic account of live performances, the circulation of recordings, and the lives and creative practices of musicians and listeners. He explores the technologies of Noise and the productive distortions of its networks. Capturing the textures of feedback--its sonic and cultural layers and vibrations--Novak describes musical circulation through sound and listening, recording and performance, international exchange, and the social interpretations of media.
Visit the Japanoise book website: http://www.japanoise.com/
David Novak is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2006, after which he served as a postdoctoral fellow in Columbia's Society of Fellows.