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.

World Music Ensembles for Fall 2012 -- Bluegrass, Gagaku, Hogaku, Middle Eastern, Klezmer, Latin! (MUSI V1625)

Course Information

Course Title: 
World Music Ensembles (ALL)
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V1625
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
Varies by ensemble

For Fall 2012, the Department of Music and the Music Performance Program are pleased to offer six "World Music" ensembles, including Bluegrass, Klezmer, Japanese Gagaku/Hogaku (separate ensembles), Middle Eastern, and Latin groups.  All four are offfered as 1 or 2 credit ensembles under the course number MUSI V1625. (Click on each section number to go to the associated Directory of Classes listing.)

NB: For most participants, these ensembles expect a year-long commitment (fall and spring semester registration) and hold auditions for new members ONLY in the Fall.

For more information on these ensembles, contact:
The CU Music Performance Program (Becky Lu, Program Coordinator)
Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 to 5:00PM in 618 Dodge
Email: mpp@columbia.edu         Phone: (212) 854-1257
Website: www.music.columbia.edu/mpp/

Section 001

WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE-BLUEGRASS
Call Number: 64457 Points: 1-2 
Notes: AUDITIONS REQUIRED & ARE IN FALL ONLY. SIGN UP IN 618 DODGE
Instructor: Jordan Shapiro

 

NEW SEMINAR: Advanced Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Popular Music Aesthetics (MUSI G9403, Fall 2012)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Advanced Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Popular Music Aesthetics
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G9403
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof Kevin Fellezs

Fall 2012 Music G9403
ADVANCED ETHNOMUSICOLOGY SEMINAR: POPULAR MUSIC AESTHETICS
Call Number: 66547 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 6:10pm-8:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Prof. Kevin Fellezs (bio)

Click here to view the description and syllabus for this course.  (PDF)

Advanced Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Caribbean New York (MUSI G9401, Fall 2012)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Advanced Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Caribbean New York
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G9401
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Christopher Washburne

Fall 2012 Music G9401
ADVANCED SEMINAR-ETHNOMUSICOLOGY I: CARIBBEAN NEW YORK
Call Number: 76972 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 9:00am-10:50am
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Prof. Christopher Washburne (bio)

NEW SEMINAR: Jazz and Film (MUSI G6200, Fall 2012)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Jazz and Film
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G6200
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. John Szwed

Fall 2012 Music G6200
JAZZ AND FILM
Section 001 Call Number: 27323 Points: 3
Day/Time: R 4:10pm-6:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: John Szwed (bio)