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The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University Presents
A book talk by author Prof. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
(Music and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
"The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs"
The presentation "The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs" will comprise a reading by Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. from his new book The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop.
The reading will be followed by a discussion of jazz, Afro-modernism and mental health, topics linked to the life and career of Bud Powell. Joining him for the discussion will Professor Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Kellie Jones, Columbia University.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 4pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext., IRWGS Seminar Room
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and open to the public
For more information about this event please contact IRAAS@columbia.edu or call 212-854-7080
Please join us as well for these upcoming CENTER FOR JAZZ STUDIES events
Amiri Baraka's Blues People at Fifty: A conversation with William Harris, Robert O'Meally and John Szwed
There are numerous a cappella groups on the Columbia/Barnard campus that hold auditions for new members every fall. Auditions for most of the groups will take place on the first week of fall semester on the third floor of Hamilton Hall.
For more information about all student groups, visit the CU Student Activities website
The American Musical
For Fall 2013:
Call Number: 21919
Instructor: Prof. Walter Frisch
622 Dodge Hall
Musical theater is one of America ?s most vital and important art forms. Several of its major creators studied at Columbia, including Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Kander, and Fred Ebb. This course will present a historical survey of American musical theater from its origins in late nineteenth-century; through the musicals of figures like Kern, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein; through Sondheim and the "megamusical" of Lloyd Webber. Focus will be on selected shows,through which broader cultural and musical trends will be examined.
Reading ability of music and some theoretical knowledge is required.
Silence (new course for Fall 2013!)
FALL 2013 info:
Call Number: 67902
814 Dodge Hall
In our daily lives, we hear concomitant fluxes and negotiations of frequencies, of noises, of aural spaces, some seemingly organized, others seemingly chaotic. How do we become attuned to processing the myriad of acoustic information that envelops us? What might it mean to "hear without listening," and what are the consequences? Throughout this course, we address these questions and others that arise by thinking through the relationship of silence and its "other." Often, silence is defined in the negative sense-by its assumed opposites such as sound, noise, music, and voice. Decentering the notion of silence as absence, our discussions will draw from interdisciplinary sources and thus be framed by theories of silence and the presence of silence as sensible, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, stylistic, political, and ethical. Theorizing silence in these ways, we will work to understand silence not as the binary opposite of audible expressions, but rather as regulations of them, at times being the impetus for their emergence(s).
Post-1965 Jazz (New Course for Fall 2013!)
Call Number: 23338
Prof. Kevin Fellezs
622 Dodge Hall
This course will focus on the developments in jazz after 1965, particularly engaged with its discursive formation as an art movement, a political position, and a cultural force. The course will not follow a chronological survey but will engage various critical issues that jazz has confronted since 1965. These questions focus on the definition and constitution of jazz; the music ?s relationship to popular culture broadly, particularly with popular music genres; and the nature of contemporary jazz.
The Columbia University Music Performance Program
- (Acting) Director: Dr. Magdalena Stern-Bacewska
- Program Coordinator: Beth Pratt
618 Dodge Hall (Music Performance Program Office)
212-854-1257, 212-854-8191 (FAX)
Faculty of the Music Performance Program
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