Columbia Sounds

Columbia Sounds is a concert series presented by the Department of Music and the Columbia Global Centers | Paris in conjunction with Columbia University Undergraduate Programs Abroad. The concerts feature compositions and performance by faculty, students, and alumni of the Department of Music. The performances, held at Reid Hall (4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris), are free of charge.

2016-17 Season

  • Marilyn Nonken, piano: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 8:00 pm.
  • Matthew Goodheart, piano: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 8:00 pm.
  • Anssi Kartunen, cello and Nicholas Hodges, piano: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:00 pm

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Performers

Featured performers on the 2016–17 Columbia Sounds series:


 

Marilyn Nonken

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Marilyn Nonken is an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at NYU Steinhardt.  She is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation, known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. Upon her 1993 New York debut, she was heralded as "a determined protector of important music" (New York Times).

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Matthew Goodheart

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music (2015–17)

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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.

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Anssi Karttunen

cellist

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Anssi Karttunen is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 160 world premieres of works by composers as diverse as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Rolf Wallin, Luca Francesconi and Tan Dun. 

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Nicolas Hodges

piano

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An active repertoire that encompasses such composers as Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Debussy, Schubert and Stravinsky reinforces pianist Nicolas Hodges’ special prowess in contemporary music. As Tempo magazine has written: “Hodges is a refreshing artist; he plays the classics as if they were written yesterday, and what was written yesterday as if it were already a classic.”

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Composers

The Columbia Sounds series features performances of works by Columbia-affiliated composers alongside other contemporary works and music from the classical cannon. Composers from the Columbia community whose works are featured in the 2016-2017 season are listed below:


 

Matthew Goodheart

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music (2015–17)

Official Website

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.

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Christopher Trapani

DMA Student in Composition

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A composer with a genuine international trajectory, Christopher Trapani maintains an active career in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Continental Europe. Commissions have come from the BBC, the JACK Quartet, and Radio France, and his works have been recently heard at Carnegie Hall, the Southbank Centre, IRCAM, and Wigmore Hall.

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Tristan Murail

Francis Goelet Professor of Music, Emeritus

Tristan Murail's website

Tristan Murail came to Columbia in 1997, having previously been professor of computer music at the Paris Conservatoire, and professor of composition at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris, where he was also consultant to the computer-assisted composition research team, and worked on the development of the program "Patchwork." His studies included Economics; Classic and North-African Arabic; Political Sciences; composition with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire; and computer music at IRCAM.

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Fred Lerdahl

Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition

Fred Lerdahl studied at Lawrence University, Princeton, and Tanglewood. He has taught at UC/Berkeley, Harvard, and Michigan, and since 1991 he has been Fritz Reiner Professor of Music at Columbia University.

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Ashkan Behzadi

DMA Student in Composition

Ashkan Behzadi (b.1983) is an Iranian composer residing in New York City. He is a graduate of McGill University in composition and music theory. Prior to this he also earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Tehran University. He has studied compositions with Alireza Mashayekhi, Chris Paul Harman, Brian Cherney, Philippe Leroux, Fred Lerdahl, George Lewis and Georg Friedrich Haas.

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