George Lewis Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

George Lewis, Case Professor of American Music, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the members are some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders: see the complete list of 2015 Fellows here and the press release here.

DMA Alumna Wang Lu Appointed Assistant Professor at Brown University


The Department of Music warmly congratulates Wang Lu (DMA 2012) who has been appointed Assistant Professor in Composition and Theory at Brown University.

You can read more about Wang Lu's work and accomplishments on her website.

New Website Documents David Adamcyk & Zosha Di Castri's "Phonobellow" for ICE

 

Zosha Di Castri (Assistant Professor, Music) and David Adamcyk (visiting postdoctoral scholar at the Computer Music Center) have created a website to document their new work "Phonobellow" commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

As the website describes the work: "Phonobellow, a huge bellows, spreads across the stage like an accordion or an old-fashioned camera. Through images, electronics, sculpture, lighting, and live music performed by ICE, Phonobellow captures how deeply two very different technologies--the high-speed camera and the phonograph--resonated with people in 1877, and and how they continue to reverberate to this day."

MUSIC FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR: Eliska Cilkova

Eliska Cilkova (Czech Republic), current Music Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Music, has won the "AHUV PRIZE" for Best Czech Composer under 30. The winning piece was under the supervision of Professor George Lewis, Eliska's adviser in the Fall '14:

http://www.janackuvmaj.cz/en/generace?id=art388#.VSf4Jma5ZmF

Congratulations!

 

 

 

MUSIC FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR: Eliska Cilkova

Eliska Cilkova (Czech Republic), current Music Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Music, 
has won the "AHUV PRIZE" for Best Czech Composer under 30. The winning piece was under
the supervision of professor George Lewis, Eliska's adviser in the Fall '14:

http://www.janackuvmaj.cz/en/generace?id=art388#.VSf4Jma5ZmF

Congratulations!

Also, please view an invitation to her upcoming event at the Czech Center on Friday 17 April.

All are welcome to attend!

 

 

Three Columbia-Affiliated Composers Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Congratulations to the three composers in our extended Columbia community who have been appointed Guggenheim Fellows for 2015!

Richard Carrick (Columbia BA and former Visiting Professor of Composition)

Stephen Lehman (DMA in Composition, 2012)

Professor George Lewis (Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music)

As the Guggenheim Foundation website notes, these fellows were "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise."

Congratulations to all!

 

Alumni Anthony Cheung and Nico Muhly cited in NY Times article on Pierre Boulez

Two Alumni, Anthony Cheung (DMA) and Nico Muhly (Columbia BA), were recently cited in a New York Times article, "Musicians Discuss the Influence of Pierre Boulez" by Zachary Woolfe, written in honor of Boulez's 90th birthday.

On Boulez as a composer, Muhly notes: "His own music has a great amount of surface beauty... That decadence. The Frenchness to it. You can feel the butter swirling in that pan. And when he conducts it, he teases out these luxurious textures."

On Boulez as a "perpetual reviser," Cheung observes: "The quality and care of his work, the craft with which he writes, is something that everyone who cares about composition respects."

Dr. Yoshiaki Onishi Appointed Associate Professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Yoshiaki Onishi, who recently successfully defended and deposited his dissertation for the DMA degree in Composition, and who has been appointed Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, as of April 1, 2015.

You can read more about Dr. Onishi's work on his website, or in his faculty page for Toho Gakuen School of Music, (in Japanese).

Professor George E. Lewis to receive honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Edinburgh

 

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Professor George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, who will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Edinburgh on June 27, 2015.

You can read more about Professor Lewis's work and accomplishments on his faculty bio, and see the full list of University of Edinburgh honorary graduates here.

 

DMA Alumnus Jeff Talman's Sound Installation at St. Paul's (3/31-4/13)

Music at St. Paul's presents a sound installation by Jeff Talman, When Soaring Sings, which will transform the space of St. Paul's Chapel into a resonant experience.

As the program information describes: "Birdsong, calls and choruses from over 100 species are sound source to Jeff Talman's new installation in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Celebrating the cycles of regrowth, the work explores the sounds of bird species that return to nest in New York State in the spring."

On Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30pm, artist Jeff Talman will hold a special presentation of his work. The installation will span March 31st - April 13th following the schedule below:

*         Tuesday, March 31st         2-10PM with artist presentation at 6:30pm