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.  Or read more about Kate Soper's work on her website.

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

Congratulations to 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.  Or learn more about Nina's work on her website.

Fall 2014 Department of Music Newsletter Published!

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 official Newsletter!

Please click here to open the Newsletter in PDF format. 

The Department also asks our friends and alumni to consider making a financial gift  in support of the Department's many initiatives and programs this holiday season.  Your generous gift will support many student needs directly, including graduate student conference and research travel, visiting speakers and performers, and needed improvements to classrooms and practice rooms. 

2015 will be an exciting year for the Department as we celebrate 50-year anniversaries for both the journal Current Musicology (in spring 2015) and the Center for Ethnomusicology (in fall 2015), in this the Department's 119th year.  

Please see the Newsletter for some of the outstanding upcoming events for the spring semester. 

Finally, we wish all our friends, affiliates, students, and colleagues a very happy, warm, and music-filled holiday season and extend our best wishes for the new year!

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Call for Papers: Current Musicology 50th Anniversary Conference, March 28-29, 2015 (Deadline for submissions is 1/15/15)

Call for Papers!

Current Musicology
50th Anniversary Conference

March 28-29, 2015 at Columbia University

Deadline for All Abstract Submissions: January 15, 2015

Submissions are invited for a conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the journal Current Musicology. As a tribute to Current Musicology's multidisciplinary orientation, which combines perspectives from different areas of music scholarship, we welcome proposals for 20-minute paper presentations on any topic related to the areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, philosophy of music, popular music studies, music education, and related fields. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the journal's celebratory special issue.

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To submit a proposal, please e-mail your name, institution, e-mail address, and an abstract of no more than 250 words to current-musicology@columbia.edu by January 15, 2015, with the subject line "Conference Submission." The committee will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee's decision by February 1, 2015.
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Georg Friedrich Haas Featured in the Wien Modern Festival

Georg Friedrich Haas, MacDowell Professor of Music, was the featured composer at the festival Wien Modern in Vienna from October 29 to November 21, 2014. The Festival's opening concert, which took place on October 29, featured Haas's Concerto grosso Nr. 2 for chamber ensemble and orchestra, with Cornelius Meister leading Klangforum Wien and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. On October 30, Klangforum Wien delivered an all-Haas chamber program, including "flow and friction" for a sixteenth-tone piano for four hands, "de terrae fine" for solo violin, and "... Schatten ... durch unausdenkliche Walder" for two pianos and two percussionists.  On November 2, Francois-Xavier Roth led the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in a rare performance of limited approximations for six microtonal pianos and orchestra. Additional performances in the festival included tria ex uno by oenm (Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music) on November 3, Concerto grosso Nr. 1 with Peter Rundel conducting the hornroh alphorn quartet and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien on November 4, AUS.WEG on November 17 with Ensemble Kontrapunkte led by Peter Keuschnig. All of Haas's eight string quartets were performed by the Arditti quartet in four concerts on November 10 and 11.

For more information on this year's Wien Modern festival, click here.

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Performs with Tan Dun in Beijing

On October 25, MPP Director Magdalena Stern-Baczewska performed The Banquet Concerto by Columbia's distinguished graduate, Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun, in Beijing's National Performing Arts Center with the China National Symphony conducted by maestro Tan Dun.

The program was:

 Violin Concerto Hero (Tan Dun)
 Cello Concerto Crouching Tiger (Tan Dun)
 ----Intermission----   
 Piano Concerto The Banquet (Tan Dun)
 Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano Revival (Tan Dun)
     
 Conductor: Tan Dun    
 Violin: Yao Jue (Hong Kong, China)    
 Cello: Zhu Lin    
 Piano: Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (U.S.)

For more information about Tan Dun and the performance go here.

For more on Magdalena Stern-Baczewska's work and performances go here.

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas' "dark dreams" Receives Carnegie Hall Premiere

Composition Professor Georg Friedrich Haas had a new work, dark dreams, premiered at Carnegie Hall on Monday, October 6th, 2014.  Sir Simon Rattle conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker.
 
In a review of the performance for The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini lauds the piece as "fascinating...pushing against the edge of intensity but never going over it."  The Carnegie Hall program notes describe Haas' techniques in dark dreams as: "firmly in the spectral tradition, but ... [pushed] much further, building a sound world ... that exploits the eclecticism of the 21st century. There is harmonic queasiness everywhere, including microtones--notes between the notes that have an uncanny ability to evoke the subconscious. But the piece also features aggressive consonance: repeating thirds and diatonic climaxes that crash, then vanish, resolving nothing but leaving haunted aftershocks."
 
For more informaiton about Professor Haas' work, see his Music department bio.
 
The video below is a 2014 performance of dark dreams by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. 

Featured MPP Music Associate: Vince Cherico

MPP Drum Instructor Vince Cherico performs on the new Planet Arts CD, Mists: Charles Ives For Jazz Orchestra, arranged by Jack Cooper.  This recording honors the work of Charles Ives by updating and adapting it to the big band jazz tradition.  

Vince Cherico performs as one member of a 17-piece jazz orchestra on Cooper's orchestrations of eight works by Ives. Vince writes that this was a "challenging experience" but one that produced "amazing music" by "a stellar band of New York musicians."

More information and praise of the project and the CD can be found at the project's Indiegogo site.  The site features videos , including an informational video about the project with a comparison of a traditional Ives arrangement of "The Cage" to Cooper's arrangement for the CD.  More information can also be found at the project's Facbook page, and on the Planet Arts website.

 

Prof. Brad Garton Publishes "MemoryBook" Interactive Application

Congratulations to Prof. Brad Garton on the public release of  "MemoryBook."  MemoryBook is an interactive text/music/graphics application for iPads and Android tablets (Kindle Fire HD/HDX readers in particular). 

Prof Garton describes the "MemoryBook" as a "recollection of memories, but memories enhanced b music and graphics. Past stories act as a springboard for random speculations about life, memory, existence, all that fun stuff. The music and graphics are algorithmically-generated within the app. They are synchronized with the text at any point (and no matter what reading speed). Essentially it is a 'book with a soundtrack'."

To learn more about MemoryBook and to download the Apple App Store and Amazon App Store versions: 

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad/MemoryBook/

for links to the Apple App store and the Amazon App store to download it.

A "stand-alone" Macintosh application is also available.  A Windows version coming soon.

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory CD Release

Music Associate Andy Milne has released a new CD with Dapp Theory.  "Forward in All Directions" was released on 09/09/14 and is available worldwide. Produced by Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip and featuring guest performances from Ben Monder, Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato, the CD is the band's third release and chronicles its 15-year journey. The CD is already receiving positive response in the press:

"... spectacularly whelming on a first hearing - and then different spotlights illuminate the detail over time in an abundant journey of discovery."  -- AP Reviews

"Striking album... There's a very pleasing mix of toughness and lyricism in this recording, brought together by producer Jimmy Haslip. The writing brings beauty, emotion and narrative to more cerebral M-Base patterns in a very satisfying way." -- London Jazz

The group features Andy Milne on piano/keyboards, Aaron Kruziki on saxophone/clarinet, Chris Tordini on bass, John Moon with poetry, and Kenny Grohowski on drums.

For more information about Andy Milne's work and upcoming shows see his website.