CU Alum Matthew Sakakeeny Publishes "Roll With It: Brass Bands on the Streets of New Orleans"

The Department congratulates Prof. Matthew Sakakeeny (Tulane University, Columbia PhD in Ethnomusicology 2008) has just published Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans (with artwork by Willie Birch)

Roll With It, which began as Prof. Sakakeeny's doctoral dissertation in Ethnmusicology at Columbia (with support from the National Science Foundation), is a firsthand account of the precarious lives of musicians in the Rebirth, Soul Rebels, and Hot 8 brass bands of New Orleans. The gripping narrative moves with the band members from back street to backstage, before and after Hurricane Katrina, always in step with the tap of the snare drum, the thud of the bass drum, and the boom of the tuba.

Matthew Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist and journalist, New Orleans resident and musician. An Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University, he initially moved to New Orleans to work as a co-producer of the public radio program American Routes.

Read the introduction to Roll With It on Scribd.

Roll With It also features a supplementary website.

Published by Duke University Press in their "Refiguring American Music Series" in  2013

The Ethnomusicology Track in the Barnard College Music Major

Barnard College is one of the few colleges in the US where you can complete an undergraduate major in the field of Ethnomusicology, specifically. This academic major track (please note that it does not focus on the performance of non-western music, although there are opportunities for doing this) provides a unique opportunity for BC students with a serious and scholarly interest in the field of Ethnomusicology. This track is especially intended to prepare students for graduate study and careers in music, anthropology, music business and technology, and library/information science, among other related fields. 

This program offers undergraduates rich access to the faculty and resources of Columbia's highly-ranked graduate (MA/PhD) program in Ethnomusicology. The undergraduate offering has a long and distinguished track record as a "special major" at Barnard.  In 2009, the special major was converted into a pre-approved major track within the BC Music major.  (NB: Columbia College/GS students cannot pursue this track in the Music major; please contact Prof. Fox if you are a CC/GS student with a specific interest in pursuing Ethnomusicology.) 

If you are a Barnard College first or second year student and you are even considering declaring the special Ethnomusicology track in the BC Music major, please get in touch (as soon as possible!) with the BC Ethnomusicology Adviser.  The BC Ethnomusicology Adviser will always be the Columbia faculty member designated as the "head" of the Ethnomusicology Area faculty. For 2013-14, that person is Prof. Aaron Fox, whose email address is:  

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Composition (Review of Applications Begins Dec. 1, 2013)

The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Composition at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014.

The appointee will be expected to carry out creative work; teach composition at undergraduate and graduate levels; teach in music theory or some other area of intellectual interest, as well as in the undergraduate Core Curriculum; and participate actively in the development of the Department's programs. We seek candidates who, through their composing, research, teaching, and service, can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Columbia.

An appropriate doctorate or its professional equivalent must be in hand at the time of the appointment. Significant achievement and potential as a composer is the most important qualification. We are open to a wide range of aesthetic and technical orientations. A candidate's potential for working closely with the Computer Music Center would be viewed as an advantage, as would any involvement that would expand the scope of compositional possibility at Columbia.

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CJS Presents Prof. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. “The Amazing Bud Powell"

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
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Free and open to the public

For more information about this event please contact 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