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)
 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:

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.

Peter M. Susser in Italy

Dr. Peter M. Susser, (DMA 1994), Director of Undergraduate Musicianship, attended the soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange in Maccagno, Italy, July 2014. There he gave a presentation on Performance Skills and the music of Gyorgy Ligeti. 


Yildirim, Onur

Onur Yildirim
DMA Student in Composition
Onur Yildirim (b. 1985) is a Turkish composer currently based in New York, where he pursues doctoral studies in composition at Columbia University. His music has been performed at festivals such as Impuls (Graz), June in Buffalo, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), and as part of Unerhorte Musik (Berlin) and Jeunesse (Vienna) series. Performers of his music include Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Interface, Callithumpian Consort and Hezarfen Ensemble.
Onur holds a master's degree from Istanbul Technical University and a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His principal teachers include George Lewis, Adam Roberts, John Mallia, Pieter Snapper, Reuben de Lautour, and Malcolm Peyton. He has also participated in master classes and/or had private lessons with Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin, Aydin Esen, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Kamran Ince, Tristan Murail, Fred Lerdahl, Rand Steiger, and Tolga Tuzun, among others.
In addition to his studies in music, Onur has participated in the Leiden University Summer School in Linguistics and attended classes in comparative linguistics--a discipline that has greatly influenced his music.
Email Address: oy2126 [at] columbia [dot] edu


Dougherty, William

William, Dougherty
DMA Student in Composition
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William Dougherty was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1988. He earned his B.M. degree in composition, with a concentration in piano, from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2010. As a Marshall Scholar, William earned his MMus in composition from the Royal College of Music, London in 2012 working with Mark-Anthony Turnage and Kenneth Hesketh. That same year, William pursued Erganzungsstudium (supplementary studies) with Georg Friedrich Haas at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel.

His works have been performed and workshopped internationally by ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lorraine, the BBC Singers, the London Chorus, the Lontano Ensemble, and the Ligeti String Quartet. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the Financial Times podcast 'FT Science.' Dougherty has received recognitions and awards from the BMI Student Composer Awards, the PRS for Music Society, Sound and Music, the American Composers Forum, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Le Conservatoire Americain de Fontainebleau, the Institute for European Studies, and the UK Foreign Aid and Commonwealth Office.

As a student of composition, William has participated in masterclasses with composers such as Philippe Hurel, Hughes Dufourt, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, and Mark Andre. As a scholar, William has written and presented research into the life and works of Romanian composer, Horatiu Radulescu, in the UK and Switzerland. His article on Radulescus 5th String Quartet 'before the universe was born' can be found in the April 2014 edition of the contemporary music journal, TEMPO.


DMA Alumnus Andrew Byrne to Head Symphony Space

Andrew Byrne, a Columbia Music Department DMA alumnus (1999),  has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Symphony Space, one of New York's pre-eminent performance venues.  He begins September 15th, taking over the already planned 2014-2015 season. Previously, Dr. Byrne was Director of Festivals and Special Projects at Carnegie Hall to  Andrew Byrne studied with Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl in the 1990s and received his DMA in composition in 1998 with Fred Lerdahl as sponsor.

For more information see The New York Times
Andrew Byrne's website.

Fure, Ashley

Ashley Fure
Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music (2014-16)
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Dr. Ashley Fure is an American composer interested in chaotic matter and music's ability to convey movement. She works in both acoustic and electroacoustic media and collaborates frequently with artists from other disciplines.  A 2013-14 Fulbright Fellow in France, Fure is currently creating a 65 minute electroacoustic ballet with choreographer Yuval Pick commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival in Paris. She earned a Phd in Music Composition from Harvard University, where she studied with Chaya Czernowin, and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory (B.Mus), and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Notable honors include a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, and a 2010 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.  

Visit Ashely Fure's website here!