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

Name: 
Onur Yildirim
Position: 
DMA Student in Composition
Contact Information
Email Address: 
oy2126@columbia.edu
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, June in Buffalo, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) and Klasik Keyifler. 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, Pieter Snapper, Reuben de Lautour, John Mallia and Malcolm Peyton. He has also participated in master classes and/or had private lessons with Tolga Tuzun, Julian Anderson, Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail, Rand Steiger, and Aydin Esen, 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.
 

 

Dougherty, William

Name: 
William, Dougherty
Position: 
DMA Student in Composition
Contact Information
Email Address: 
wfd2105@columbia.edu

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. 

www.williamdougherty.org

 

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
or
Andrew Byrne's website.

Fure, Ashley

Name: 
Ashley Fure
Position: 
Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music (2014-16)
Contact Information
Email Address: 
af2821@columbia.edu

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!

Instrumentation (MUSI W4525, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Instrumentation
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI W4525
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Jeffrey Milarsky

Fall 2014
Music W4525

INSTRUMENTATION
Section 001 Call Number: 69864 Points: 3 
Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Jeffrey Milarsky (bio)

Analysis of instrumentation, with directional emphasis on usage, ranges, playing techniques, tone colors, characteristics, interactions and tendencies, all derived from the classic orchestral repertoire. Topics will include theoretical writings on the classical repertory as well as twentieth-century instrumentation and its advancement. Additional section will be provided with live orchestral demonstrations.

Prerequisite: Advanced music majors and extensive music background.

Field Methods & Techniques in Ethnomusicology for Undergrads (MUSI G4401, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Field Methods and Techniques in Ethnomusicology
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G4401
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Aaron Fox (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 
Music G4401
ETHNOMUSICOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS/TECHNIQUES (for undergraduates!)
Section 001 Call Number: 62038 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm
Location: To be announced

Instructor: Prof. Aaron A. Fox (bio)

The goals of this course are practice-oriented. The end result will be short fieldwork-based project of approxiamtely 20 pages in length. In order to complete the paper, students will conduct fieldwork, read and synthesize relevant literatures, and think carefully about the questions in which they are interested and methods of addressing them through ethnographic inquiry.

This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the junior or senior year only.  Permission of the instructor is required. Class size is limited to 12 students, with priority given to Barnard College Ethnomusicology majors and other Music major/concentrators.  Please contact Prof. Fox as soon as possible if you intend to register for this course. 

Techniques of 20th Century Music (MUSIV3310, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Techniques of 20th Century Music
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3310
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Sophia (Zosha) Di Castri

Fall 2014
Music V3310
TECHNIQUES OF 20th CENTURY MUSIC
Section 001 Call Number: 12208 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: 814 Dodge Hall
Instructor: Sophia (Zosha) Di Castri (bio)

Course Description V3310:

This course focuses on the analysis of significant pieces from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries via the close study of new techniques used by composers and theorists. Through listening, analysis, discussion, and composition, we will engage with a diversity of approaches to post-tonal music from the Euro-American avant-gardes. Music studied will include solo, chamber, and large ensemble works, as well as experimental vocal music, music theatre, and electronic/mixed-music genres.

Week-to-week work required of you: listening, study, analysis of assigned pieces sometimes accompanied with short readings (come prepared to share your perspectives in class); several miniature compositional response exercises. 

Plus two main assignments: a 20-minute oral presentation on a research/analysis topic of your choice; a final composition to be performed and presented in class

This course fulfills the requirement of a 3000-level advanced theory elective for the Major.

The prerequisite for this course is V3322y (Music Theory IV)  or equivalent.

Introduction to Composition I (MUSI 3239x, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Introduction to Composition
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3239x-V3240y
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas

Fall 2014 Music V3239x
INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION I
Section 001 Call Number: 23074 Points: 3  
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: To be announced
Enrollment: 23 students as of July 15, 2014
Instructor: Georg Friedrich Haas (bio)

Composition in shorter forms. Basic issues of musical structure and expression are explored in traditional and contemporary repertory.

The prerequisites for this course are V1002 Fundamentals of Western Music and the instructor's permission.