Aaron Johnson Releases "Songs of Our Fathers"

Aaron Johnson Songs of Our Fathers

Congratulations to Aaron J. Johnson, a Columbia PhD student in Historical Musicology, who has released "Songs of Our Fathers."

Aaron Johnson Songs of Our Fathers

Christopher Washburne in NY Times!

Check out the photo and feature on professor Christopher Washburne in the NY Times:


Writing Musical Lives -- John Szwed

Writing Musical Lives
John Szwed
The Center for Ethnomusicology, 701C Dodge Hall, April 13, 5:30 pm
This talk will focus on some of the virtues and problems of writing about the lives of musicians.  It will include a quick
survey of the types and uses of life narratives by ethnomusicologists, folklorists, social scientists, and popular writers, with a short discussion of some recent innovative biographical works.  Examples will be drawn from a variety of biographies, including my books on Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Jelly Roll Morton, and Alan Lomax

Jazz Festivals and Cosmopolitan Vernaculars -- Anne Dvinge

Jazz Festivals and Cosmopolitan Vernaculars
Anne C. Dvinge, University of Copenhagen

Jazz continues to migrate across national, ethnic, and cultural borders, jazz festivals function as physical and symbolic spaces where the dynamics between the vernacular and the cosmopolitan are put into play. On the one hand, these events are thoroughly vernacular affairs, where communities define and celebrate themselves. But on the other, the celebrations are often aimed at both the local culture of a city and at local, national, and transnational articulations of jazz communities, providing contact zones not just between audiences, performers, and those at the fringes of the festivals, but also between different soundscapes and "acoustemologies".

In this talk Anne Dvinge will take a closer look at jazz festivals, and specifically the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, as manifestations of this double sense of the cosmopolitan and the vernacular, where jazz enters into dialogue with local music cultures. Perhaps, in the constant negotiation and renegotiation of these positions, jazz offers a way out of the either/or bind of the global versus the local.

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:00 pm

622 Dodge Hall, Columbia University Morningside Campus

Flirting with America: The Zestful Tale of Italian Jazz -- Enzo Capua

Flirting with America: The Zestful Tale of Italian Jazz
Enzo Capua, with Sara Villa, State University of Milan

This conversation focuses on the key figures and events that have characterized the evolution of jazz in Italy, from its origins just before the Fascist era to the present day. Capua and Villa discuss the roles that musicians, critics, festivals, and educational institutions have played in engaging African-American and European musical cultures as a basis for forging a distinguished Italian jazz tradition.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 7:30pm
301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University Morningside Campus
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Free and open to the public

Jazz Studies Beyond the Commercial Album

The Center for Jazz Studies Presents

Jazz Studies Beyond the Commercial Album

A panel discussion with Jason Moran, Ben Young, Larry Appelbaum and Prof. John Szwed Moderated by Prof. Brent Hayes Edwards

Throughout their brief history, both jazz and the scholarship around it have focused strongly on commercial recordings. As Max Roach was fond of saying, "Records are our textbooks."  Yet there was always a shadow world beyond these official audio texts--one of alternate takes, acetates and cassettes of live recordings, radio broadcasts, and club appearances, as well as pirated copies of commercial recordings no longer available. Fascinating and revealing as these documents were, they were talked about yet seldom used as the basis for published materials.

But with the recent creation of new and inexpensive technology, mass downloading, the virtual collapse of the recording business, and the flood of non-commercial and unlicensed music on the Web, this alternate universe of music has overwhelmed scholars and the public alike. This panel is the first public discussion of this phenomenon and its implications for the future of jazz scholarship and the music itself.

Philmore Ensemble Lunchtime Concert

Monday, March 8 11:00-11:50 am
301 Philosophy
A free lecture recital presented by the Philadelphia-based Philmore Ensemble featuring soprano Julia Madden and guitarist Duane Large.  The ensemble will perform early nineteenth-century chamber music including Schubert's Erlkonig

Featured Undergraduate Courses, SPRING 2010

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New Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Announced!

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and American Composers Orchestra announce a new collaborative project: the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI). With generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, this program will provide instruction to jazz composers in working with the symphony orchestra, an area that many jazz composers wish to engage, but for which access to educational and performance opportunities are few. JCOI will take place in two stages: the Intensive and the Readings.

From July 20 to 24, 2010, up to 35 participants, selected from a national pool of applicants, will take part in the JCOI Intensive on the Columbia University campus, where they will work with prominent composers, performers, conductors, and music industry leaders in seminars, workshops and performance labs in orchestration, instrumentation, contemporary techniques, score preparation and ideas for incorporating improvisation within an orchestral framework. Professional development workshops will address promotion, publishing, copyright and commissioning agreements, and other career essentials.

Featured Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2009-10

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Featured Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2009-10
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