Announcing a New MFA Program in Sound Arts at Columbia!

New Program Announcement!

SOUND ARTS

A new Interdepartmental MFA Program offered by the Columbia University School of the Arts in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center.

Applications for Fall 2013 Now Being Accepted (Deadline Feb. 20, 2013)
 
Columbia University has been at the helm of sound-technology innovation for over fifty years with faculty specializing in composition, improvisation, sound installation, computer music, digital sound synthesis, acoustics, music cognition and software development.  Columbia's Computer Music Center in the Department of Music has a long history of creative excellence; its primary mission is to operate at the intersection of musical expression and technological development. The Center has state-of-the-art facilities for working in electro-acoustic music.  Faculty of the Center for Computer Music led the development of the new interdisciplinary area in Sound Arts that leads to the Master of Fine Arts degree awarded by the School of the Arts.

 
The Sound Arts area is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. The program is highly selective. Each year only three to four students will be offered admission to the two-year program. Prospective students with a deep engagement with sound as medium, a familiarity with contemporary audio tools and techniques, and a demonstrated use of those tools in different contexts (sculptural or video installations, creation of performance interfaces, circuit-bending productions, innovative fusion of digital audio with digital graphics, imaginative use of network technologies) are encouraged to apply. While the Visual Arts Program in the School of the Arts currently accommodates students working in digital media, sculpture, installation, performance, film and video art, applicants who wish to base their research and studio practice primarily in the area of sonic or sound arts are to apply to the area of Sound Arts. 

NEW COURSE: Popular Music and Protest Movements (AFASW4031/MUSI 8031)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Popular Music and Protest Movements
CU Directory Course Number: 
AFAS W4031
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Kevin Fellezs (Spring 2013)

AFAS W4031/MUSI 84031
NEW COURSE for SPRING 2013!

Popular Music and Protest Movements
Instructor: Prof. Kevin Fellezs (bio)
Call #: 61032, 3 pts, 

T 4:10pm-6:00pm 
758 Schermerhorn Extension

"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." Jimi Hendrix This course will examine the relationship between popular music and popular movements in various historical and social contexts with an emphasis on African American musicians and political issues. We will trace various legacies within popular music that fall under the rubric of "protest music" as well as to think about the ways in which popular music has assisted various commu- nities to speak truth to power. We will also consider the ways in which the impact of the music industry has either lessened or enhanced popular music ?s ability to articulate "protest" or "resistance."

Search Announcement: Assistant Professor (Music Theory)

The Department of Music at Columbia University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Music Theory. The responsibilities of the position include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and publication, and departmental service. We especially seek candidates whose research extends interdisciplinary connections between Music Theory and Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Composition. The doctorate must be awarded by July 1, 2013, the start of appointment.

All applications must be made through Columbia University's RAPS system.

Please click here to access the RAPS application system and a complete description of the position and the application requirements.

Review of applications begins December 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

 

 

Center for Jazz Studies & Computer Music Center Win Mellon Foundation Grant for "J-Disc" Project

J-DISC: The Technology of Discovering Jazz

Digital technology and the Web are bringing treasures, both new and newly discovered, to music lovers every day. Using and enjoying these vast riches is a different story: the prospect overwhelms listeners and even stumps experts. Nowhere is this dilemma perhaps more exquisite than in jazz, which has a ninety-five year legacy of recordings and a persistent drive to innovate through recording technology.

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, is leading an interdisciplinary team to find better ways to access, organize, and evaluate information about jazz on record and on the Web.

Jazz studies experts at the Center and specialists in information management and engineering at Columbia and other institutions are working together to build J-DISC, an Internet database application. The site went live in June of 2012 (jdisc.columbia.edu) and will continue to grow in scope and functions during the next two years. J-DISC will provide rich information on jazz recordings with demographic and cultural information free of charge to the public. Yet, as it gathers more data, J-DISC will eventually offer a depth of knowledge on jazz not achieved by more familiar online resources such as iTunes, MusicBrainz, or Pandora. Researchers, educators, and students can mine this data for insights on improvisation, artists' careers, changes in jazz styles, the recording industry, and various other topics.

Prof. John Szwed, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies, believes that "because much of it is improvised, it's difficult to imagine telling the history of jazz without reference to what gets recorded. Yet a wealth of data about jazz recordings is in danger of being lost, due to changes in the industry and the shift away from print media. We need to transform discography to deal with a new world without discs."

Alumna Profile: Singer Songwriter Marina Evans Releases New Album (Barnard 2009)

2009 Barnard College Music Alumna & Singer/Songwriter Marina Evans Releases Debut Record Dogtown: The EP

This September, 2009 Barnard College Music alumna Marina Evans is releasing Dogtown: The EP,  an original album written and recorded in her hometown of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Combining Ms. Evans' jazz-influenced vocals with folk forms and rock instrumentation, Dogtown has a unique sound that she proudly calls her own. The first single, "One of Two," is available now for stream or download.

Ms. Evans put together her band (Dave Borge on bass; Jack Tomaiolo on guitar; Pete Lindberg on drums) in the summer of 2011 upon her return to the States from Florence, Italy, where she had been writing and touring. "After years of performing as a solo acoustic act, I was ready to take things to the next level," Evans says. "Playing abroad had given me lots of new ideas, and really lit a fire under me to get things off the ground."

Over the course of the next year, Ms. Evans traveled with her band from Gloucester to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia before wrapping up the record this summer.

Evans' performance career began at age 17, when she gigged around the Massachusetts North Shore as the vocalist in a jazz duo, My Ship. Only after she moved to New York to study at Barnard did she she pick up a guitar and begin writing, recording, and performing her own music. "I decided to teach myself guitar as a vehicle for songwriting after listening to Eva Cassidy," Evans says. "I couldn't explain with words to a guitarist what I was hearing in my head, so I had to figure it out myself. It was definitely an uphill battle, but I found it so liberating!"

As a junior at Barnard, Ms. Evans took a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. There, while playing at an open mic, she met an Italian producer who was interested in recording her songs. "He didn't speak a word of English, and seemed very focused on making things as complicated as possible," Evans relates. "By the time August rolled around, I had an unsigned 80-page contract in legal Italian and two original folk songs that had been transformed into ambient pop music. Needless to say, the contract is unsigned to this day. And when I got back to Barnard in September, I signed up for Terry Pender's "Recorded Sound" class (in the Music Department's Computer Music Center) as a means of self-defense!"  Ms. Evans was also very active as a vocalist in Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program.
 

2009 Barnard College Music Alumna & Singer/Songwriter Marina Evans Releases Debut Record Dogtown: The EP

**Marina Evans performs in NYC 9/22,10:30PM, Ella's Lounge (see info below)**

This September, 2009 Barnard College Music alumna Marina Evans is releasing Dogtown: The EP,  an original album written and recorded in her hometown of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Combining Ms. Evans' jazz-influenced vocals with folk forms and rock instrumentation, Dogtown has a unique sound that she proudly calls her own. The first single, "One of Two," is available now for stream or download.

Ms. Evans put together her band (Dave Borge on bass; Jack Tomaiolo on guitar; Pete Lindberg on drums) in the summer of 2011 upon her return to the States from Florence, Italy, where she had been writing and touring. "After years of performing as a solo acoustic act, I was ready to take things to the next level," Evans says. "Playing abroad had given me lots of new ideas, and really lit a fire under me to get things off the ground."

Over the course of the next year, Ms. Evans traveled with her band from Gloucester to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia before wrapping up the record this summer.

Evans' performance career began at age 17, when she gigged around the Massachusetts North Shore as the vocalist in a jazz duo, My Ship. Only after she moved to New York to study at Barnard did she she pick up a guitar and begin writing, recording, and performing her own music. "I decided to teach myself guitar as a vehicle for songwriting after listening to Eva Cassidy," Evans says. "I couldn't explain with words to a guitarist what I was hearing in my head, so I had to figure it out myself. It was definitely an uphill battle, but I found it so liberating!"

As a junior at Barnard, Ms. Evans took a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. There, while playing at an open mic, she met an Italian producer who was interested in recording her songs. "He didn't speak a word of English, and seemed very focused on making things as complicated as possible," Evans relates. "By the time August rolled around, I had an unsigned 80-page contract in legal Italian and two original folk songs that had been transformed into ambient pop music. Needless to say, the contract is unsigned to this day. And when I got back to Barnard in September, I signed up for Terry Pender's "Recorded Sound" class (in the Music Department's Computer Music Center) as a means of self-defense!"  Ms. Evans was also very active as a vocalist in Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program.

Fall 2012 Courses in Music

The attached poster describes many of our featured and new courses in Music for Fall 2012!  Download (Featured Courses or All Courses) as PDFs  or click the thumbnails below for full size images.

 

2012 Commencement: Congratulations to All Our Grads!

The Department of Music at Columbia University warmly congratulates all of our graduating majors, concentrators, and graduate students and their families on the occasion of the 2012 Columbia University Commencement.

Alumnus Profile: Graduating Music Major Matthew Star Wins Louis Sudler Prize!

Above photo: Matthew Star (CC '12) and Sarah Dooley (BC '11) in the recording studio. Click to enlarge.

Graduating Music Major Matthew Star wins Louis Sudler Prize

The Department of Music congratulates graduating senior and music major Matthew Star, who has been awarded Columbia's prestigious Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.  The Sudler Prize is awarded annually to a graduating Columbia College senior who, in the opinion of the Faculty, has demonstrated excellence of the highest standards of proficiency in performance or execution or in the field of composition in one of the following general areas of performing and creative arts: music, theatre, painting, sculpture, design, architecture, or film.

Mr. Star was awarded the Sudler Prize for his senior honors thesis, which entailed producing a new album of music by Sarah Dooley's (herself a Barnard College alumna, 2011). This project grew out of conversations Mr. Star had with the Computer Music Center's Terry Pender about what it means to be a 21st century music producer, especially with the advances in recording technology.   Star writes that "after [these] discussions, I read as much as I could about record producing and recording techniques to learn how to use all of the Computer Music Center's recording equipment and microphones. Sarah had always wanted to record an album of her original songs; she's an amazing songwriter but she's always been a solo artist, meaning each song only has vocals and piano parts. In producing her album, I arranged and recorded instrumental parts, and then mixed them all together."  He also worked extensively with Prof. Brad Garton, Director of the Computer Music Center.

Two of the completed songs produced by Mr. Star for Ms. Dooley's album may be heard at Ms. Dooley's website: http://sarahdooley.bandcamp.com/

Mr. Star is spending the summer in New York City, recording, building up his music library and doing freelance jobs, as well as scoring a web series and a video game, and recording as much music as he can. He plans to continue his career in music and media production.

Mr. Star is also bassist for the band Capital, which features fellow Columbia graduating seniors and Jazz Performance Program students Jesse Chevan and Evan Johnston.

Matthew Star Biography:
Mr. Star got his first taste of music with piano lessons when he was 6 years old.

MPP Weekly Announcements (May 1, 2012)

Columbia Music Performance Program Weekly Newsletter for May 1, 2012

May 6, 2012
Spring Overlook Concerts Sponsored by the Riverside Park Fund
Orbit Brass Quintet of the Manhattan School of Music, Matt Gasiorowski, Leader
Featuring traditional and contemporary brass music
2PM, 116th Street Overlook (middle level of Riverside Park), FREE

May 6, 2012
Bluegrass and Klezmer Concert
6PM, Hillel (The Kraft Center, 606 W. 115th, 5th Floor Auditorium), FREE

May 11, 2012
counter)induction: Premieres by Undergraduate Composers
8PM, Austin E. Quigley Theatre (Lerner Hall 5th Floor), FREE

May 13, 2012
Spring Overlook Concerts Sponsored by the Riverside Park Fund
French Cookin' Blues Band, David "Doc" French, Leader
Featuring authentic Blues from the Delta to Chicago and New York, to Texas and Louisiana
2PM, 116th Street Overlook (middle level of Riverside Park), FREE

Alumna Profile: Lety ElNaggar (CC '11) Wins Fulbright Fellowship to Study Egyptian Music

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Ms. Lety ElNaggar, who has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study music in Egypt during 2012-13. Lety graduated from Columbia College in 2011.  While at Columbia, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies, she was an active member of our Music Performance programs as a saxophonist and clarinetist, playing both jazz and classical music, as well as a student in several music classes.  In 2010 she won the MPP's Dolan Prize to study nay (Arabic flute) with renowned nay virtuouso Bassam Saba, and also received a presitgious Kluge Independent Research Fellowship.

Lety was awarded the Fulbright grant to study nay performance within the contexts of classical and folkloric Egyptian music with masters at the "Academy of Arts" and "Makan Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts" in Cairo. Through Makan, Lety will also travel throughout the Egyptian countryside to observe and participate in festivals that still feature local live musicians. She plans to incorporate her studies into further composition and performance of jazz and crossover music genres.