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Fall 2014 Department of Music Newsletter Published!

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 official Newsletter!

Please click here to open the Newsletter in PDF format. 

The Department also asks our friends and alumni to consider making a financial gift  in support of the Department's many initiatives and programs this holiday season.  Your generous gift will support many student needs directly, including graduate student conference and research travel, visiting speakers and performers, and needed improvements to classrooms and practice rooms. 

2015 will be an exciting year for the Department as we celebrate 50-year anniversaries for both the journal Current Musicology (in spring 2015) and the Center for Ethnomusicology (in fall 2015), in this the Department's 119th year.  

Please see the Newsletter for some of the outstanding upcoming events for the spring semester. 

Finally, we wish all our friends, affiliates, students, and colleagues a very happy, warm, and music-filled holiday season and extend our best wishes for the new year!

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Call for Papers: Current Musicology 50th Anniversary Conference, March 28-29, 2015 (Deadline for submissions is 1/15/15)

Call for Papers!

Current Musicology
50th Anniversary Conference

March 28-29, 2015 at Columbia University

Deadline for All Abstract Submissions: January 15, 2015

Submissions are invited for a conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the journal Current Musicology. As a tribute to Current Musicology's multidisciplinary orientation, which combines perspectives from different areas of music scholarship, we welcome proposals for 20-minute paper presentations on any topic related to the areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, philosophy of music, popular music studies, music education, and related fields. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the journal's celebratory special issue.

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To submit a proposal, please e-mail your name, institution, e-mail address, and an abstract of no more than 250 words to current-musicology@columbia.edu by January 15, 2015, with the subject line "Conference Submission." The committee will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee's decision by February 1, 2015.
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Trevor Reed and Robin R. R. Gray Discuss Native American/First Nations Music Repatriation Projects (Wed 12/10, 1-3pm)

Event Date: 
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
701C Dodge Hall, Columbia Morningside Campus (Center for Ethnomusicology)

The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents:

Native American/First Nations Canadian Scholar/Activists Trevor Reed and Robin R. R. Gray Discuss Their Repatriations of Columbia's Laura Boulton Collection to Hopi and Tsimshian Communities

Wednesday,  December 10, 1-3PM 701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)

This colloquium will feature Trevor Reed (Hopi, current Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD and Columbia Law JD student, reporting on his work repatriating Laura Boulton's 1933 and 1940 Hopi music collections, and Robin R. R. Gray, (Tsimshian, Lax'Kwalaams, Ginaxangiik Tribe, and Mikisew Cree First Nation, Anthropology PhD candidate at U Mass/Amherst), who is working to repatriate Boulton's 1933 Tsimshian (Northwest Coast) recordings, made (like the Hopi 1933 recordings) at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition.

Reed and Gray are working to redevelop these recordings as assets for contemporary communities (and as the long-alienated cultural property of these communities) descended from the performers on the recordings, at the intersection of ethnomusicology, anthropology, cultural rights activism, archiving, and law.  Their work embraces and helps define current critical practice for scholarly and legal activism in accounting for and remediating the exploitation and hoarding of Native American cultural patrimony by collectors, ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, commercial interests, and scholarly and curatorial institutions throughout the 20th century. 

To learn more about Trevor Reed's work, visit the Hopi Music Repatriation Project blog here:
http://hopimusic.wordpress.com/

Department General Meeting (Wed Dec 10, 3pm)

Event Date: 
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
622 Dodge Hall

Please join us for the end-of-semester General Meeting of the Music Department.  All affiliates (including undergraduate majors and concentrators, graduate students, faculty, and staff) are invited to learn the news about the department and what's coming up in the spring. 

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 10,2014, at 3:00 pm in 622 Dodge Hall

The Department's annual holiday party will follow in Miller Theater.  RSVP required. 

Fall 2014 Music Humanities Marathon Exam Review sessions (Tues, 12/9 1-5:30pm)

MUSIC HUMANITIES MARATHON for Fall 2014

All Music Humanities students are invited to drop in to review for final exams!

Review sessions will be held on:

Tuesday, December 9
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 PM
Room 622, Dodge Hall

Feel free to enter and leave during sessions, but please do so quietly.

SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Classical/18th Century
(Maja Cerar)

 

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Romantic/19th Century
(Mario Diaz de Leon)

 

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Modern/20th Century
(Andrew Kaye)      

 

Georg Friedrich Haas Featured in the Wien Modern Festival

Georg Friedrich Haas, MacDowell Professor of Music, was the featured composer at the festival Wien Modern in Vienna from October 29 to November 21, 2014. The Festival's opening concert, which took place on October 29, featured Haas's Concerto grosso Nr. 2 for chamber ensemble and orchestra, with Cornelius Meister leading Klangforum Wien and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. On October 30, Klangforum Wien delivered an all-Haas chamber program, including "flow and friction" for a sixteenth-tone piano for four hands, "de terrae fine" for solo violin, and "... Schatten ... durch unausdenkliche Walder" for two pianos and two percussionists.  On November 2, Francois-Xavier Roth led the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in a rare performance of limited approximations for six microtonal pianos and orchestra. Additional performances in the festival included tria ex uno by oenm (Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music) on November 3, Concerto grosso Nr. 1 with Peter Rundel conducting the hornroh alphorn quartet and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien on November 4, AUS.WEG on November 17 with Ensemble Kontrapunkte led by Peter Keuschnig. All of Haas's eight string quartets were performed by the Arditti quartet in four concerts on November 10 and 11.

For more information on this year's Wien Modern festival, click here.

Prof. Ellie Hisama Wins Curriculum Development Grant from IRWGS

The Department of Music congratulates Professor Ellie Hisama, who was awarded an inaugural curriculum development grant from Columbia's Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Heyman Center, the grant supports development of a new course titled "Feminist Listening: Critical and Intersectional Approaches to Popular Music," which Prof. Hisama expects to offer in 2015 or 2016.   

CUO Fall 2014 Concerts! Mozart, Stravinsky, & Beethoven (2 Concerts --Dec. 7 & 8, both @ 8pm)

Event Date: 
Sun, 12/07/2014 - 8:00pm
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Concert 1: December 7th 2014, 8PM. Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Columbia University
Concert 2: December 8th, 2014, 8PM, Miller Theatre, Columbia University

Columbia University Orchestra
Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor and Music Director

ANNUAL DECEMBER PERFORMANCES (Two Concerts!)

Program for Both Concerts:

Mozart - Overture to The Magic Flute 

Stravinsky - Firebird Suite 

Beethoven - Symphony #7

Admission is FREE and Open to the Public for both concerts!


Concert 1:
December 7th 2014, 8PM, 
Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Concert 2:
December 8th, 2014, 8PM, 
Miller Theatre, Columbia University 

 

Click image for full-sized poster!

Collegium Musicum- Annual Fall Concert (Wed. Dec. 10, St. Paul's Chapel, 8pm)

Event Date: 
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia Morningside Campus

Columbia's Collegium Musicum presents its annual Fall concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 pm in St. Paul's Chapel.

 

Program TBA.

Prof. Ana María Ochoa Gautier Publishes "Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia"

 

In Aurality, Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier explores how listening has been central to the production of notions of language, music, voice, and sound that determine the politics of life. Drawing primarily from nineteenth-century Colombian sources, Ochoa Gautier locates sounds produced by different living entities at the juncture of the human and nonhuman. Her "acoustically tuned" analysis of a wide array of texts reveals multiple debates on the nature of the aural. These discussions were central to a politics of the voice harnessed in the service of the production of different notions of personhood and belonging. In Ochoa Gautier's groundbreaking work, Latin America and the Caribbean emerge as a historical site where the politics of life and the politics of expression inextricably entangle the musical and the linguistic, knowledge and the sensorial.

Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. She is the author of several books and many articles.
 

 
 
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Columbia Theorists Triumph at the SMT Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee (November 2014), held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, the faculty, alumni, and affiliates of the Music Theory area garnered major awards, presented papers, and chaired panels.

The Emerging Scholar Award (for a book or article published no more than seven calendar years after the author's receipt of the Ph.D.) was awarded to Benjamin Steege (Assistant Professor), Helmholtz and the Modern Listener  (Cambridge University Press).
 
The Wallace Berry Award (for a distinguished book by an author of any age or career stage) was awarded to Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis (University of Arkansas; PhD 2003), On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind  (Oxford University Press).

The Outstanding Publication Award (for a distinguished article by an author of any age or career stage) was awarded to Nathan Martin (Yale University; Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow 2009-11), "Rameau's Changing Views on Supposition and Suspension," Journal of Music Theory.

Eamonn Bell (doctoral student in Theory) participated in the poster session "Empirical Approaches to Music Theory and Musicology" (a joint session with the American Musicological Society).

Maeve Sterbenz (doctoral student in Theory) read "Listening through Movement: An Examination of Lar Lubovitch's Choreography of the Adagio from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622" on "Dancing Undisciplined" (AMS Music and Dance Study Group).

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Performs with Tan Dun in Beijing

On October 25, MPP Director Magdalena Stern-Baczewska performed The Banquet Concerto by Columbia's distinguished graduate, Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun, in Beijing's National Performing Arts Center with the China National Symphony conducted by maestro Tan Dun.

The program was:

 Violin Concerto Hero (Tan Dun)
 Cello Concerto Crouching Tiger (Tan Dun)
 ----Intermission----   
 Piano Concerto The Banquet (Tan Dun)
 Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano Revival (Tan Dun)
     
 Conductor: Tan Dun    
 Violin: Yao Jue (Hong Kong, China)    
 Cello: Zhu Lin    
 Piano: Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (U.S.)

For more information about Tan Dun and the performance go here.

For more on Magdalena Stern-Baczewska's work and performances go here.

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas' "dark dreams" Receives Carnegie Hall Premiere

Composition Professor Georg Friedrich Haas had a new work, dark dreams, premiered at Carnegie Hall on Monday, October 6th, 2014.  Sir Simon Rattle conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker.
 
In a review of the performance for The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini lauds the piece as "fascinating...pushing against the edge of intensity but never going over it."  The Carnegie Hall program notes describe Haas' techniques in dark dreams as: "firmly in the spectral tradition, but ... [pushed] much further, building a sound world ... that exploits the eclecticism of the 21st century. There is harmonic queasiness everywhere, including microtones--notes between the notes that have an uncanny ability to evoke the subconscious. But the piece also features aggressive consonance: repeating thirds and diatonic climaxes that crash, then vanish, resolving nothing but leaving haunted aftershocks."
 
For more informaiton about Professor Haas' work, see his Music department bio.
 
The video below is a 2014 performance of dark dreams by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. 

Prof. Brad Garton Publishes "MemoryBook" Interactive Application

Congratulations to Prof. Brad Garton on the public release of  "MemoryBook."  MemoryBook is an interactive text/music/graphics application for iPads and Android tablets (Kindle Fire HD/HDX readers in particular). 

Prof Garton describes the "MemoryBook" as a "recollection of memories, but memories enhanced b music and graphics. Past stories act as a springboard for random speculations about life, memory, existence, all that fun stuff. The music and graphics are algorithmically-generated within the app. They are synchronized with the text at any point (and no matter what reading speed). Essentially it is a 'book with a soundtrack'."

To learn more about MemoryBook and to download the Apple App Store and Amazon App Store versions: 

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad/MemoryBook/

for links to the Apple App store and the Amazon App store to download it.

A "stand-alone" Macintosh application is also available.  A Windows version coming soon.

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Garland!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Shannon Garland, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on September 5, 2014.  Dr. Garland's dissertation, advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa, is entitled: "Music, Affect, Value, and Labor: Late Capitalism and the (Mis)Productions of Indie Music in Chile and Brazil."

Dissertation Abstract:  This dissertation traces the tensions surrounding indie music production in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil. I conducted several years of ethnographic research on locally situated, yet transnationally interpolated, musical production, circulation and listening practices in Santiago and Sao Paulo. I open by detailing the expansion of the indie touring market from the global north into both cities, theorizing the enlistment of affect as a neoliberal technique for producing monetary value. The next chapter considers spaces for musical association as forms of infrastructure that both emerge from and themselves help constitute musical-social networks in Santiago. I follow by showing how the history of Brazilian individuals' engagement with particular sets of indie sounds from the global north bear upon the contemporary formation of infrastructures of social relations, musical aesthetics, and places for musical and social association. Finally, I detail how the tensions between the construction of audience, value, aesthetics and circulation arising from new production structures manifest in the politics of a new type of Brazilian institution called Fora do Eixo. Here, I inspect the logics of aesthetic valuation in building structures for music production within a complex state-private nexus of cultural funding in Brazil. As a whole, this dissertation explores the political struggles emerging as actors seek to establish new structures for participating in live shows and for playing music as both a creative practice and as an economic activity within emerging forms of communication made possible by digital media. Each struggle is simultaneously interpolated by the messy articulation of transnationally-produced notions of aesthetics, authentic modes of engagement with music, and moral-ethical ways of organizing music production, circulation and remuneration as a social practice. The dissertation thus highlights the way new media and economic logics build upon and clash with historical practices of production, evaluation of aesthetics, and regimes for mediating the artistic, the economic, and the social. 

Congratulations Dr. Garland!!

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Gonzalez!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Melissa Gonzalezwho successfully defended her PhD dissertation on September 17, 2014.  Dr. Gonzalez is also an alumna of the Barnard College music major.  Her dissertation, advised by Prof. Christopher Washburne,  is entitled: "Cien por Ciento Nacional!" Panamanian Musica Tipica and the Quest for National and Territorial Sovereignty."  

Dissertation Abstract: "In this dissertation, I investigate the socio-cultural and musical transfigurations of a rural-identified musical genre known as musica tipica as it engages with the dynamics of Panama's rural/urban divide and the country's nascent engagement with the global political economy. Though regarded as emblematic of Panama's national folklore, musica tipica is also the basis for the country's principal and most commercially successful popular music style known by the same name. The primary concern of this project is to examine how and why this particular genre continues to undergo simultaneous processes of folklorization and commercialization. As an unresolved genre of music, I argue that musica tipica can offer rich insight into the politics of working out individual and national Panamanian identities.   

Prof. Peter Susser Visits China

Peter M. Susser (DMA, 1994), Director of Undergraduate Musicianship visited the Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing, China in September, 2014. He gave lectures and taught classes in sight singing, movement and improvisation to music theatre students.
 

"Mostly Orthros" Conference (Dec. 5, 2014)

Event Date: 
Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:00am
Event Location: 
Union Theological Seminary in New York City, 3041 Broadway @ 121 st Street, New York, NY 10027.
Room 207

The Axion Estin Foundation, in collaboration with Columbia University's Music Department and the Sophia Institute announces the 2014 Mostly Orthros Conference.

Friday, December 5, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Early Music in the Digital Domain (Oct. 24, 4pm)

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
622 Dodge Hall, Columbia University

Early Music in the Digital Domain:
Presentations of Current Projects
Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:00-6:00 pm, 622 Dodge Hall

 
The Marenzio Project
Mauro Calcagno,  University of Pennsylvania
Giuseppe Gerbino, Columbia University
Laurent Pugin, Repertoire International des Sources Musicales [RISM], Switzerland
Isabella Livorni, Barnard College
Anna Parkitna, Stony Brook University

Lost Voices
http://digitalduchemin.org
Richard Freedman, Haverford College
Micah Walter (Haverford College '14)
Trey Toy, New York University (Columbia College '14)

The Troubadour Encoding Project:
Eamonn Bell and Russell O'Rourke, Columbia University
 

Read the article on this event in the Columbia Spectator.

 

Peter M. Susser in Italy

Dr. Peter M. Susser, (DMA 1994), Director of Undergraduate Musicianship, attended the soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange in Maccagno, Italy, July 2014. There he gave a presentation on Performance Skills and the music of Gyorgy Ligeti. 

 

DMA Alumnus Andrew Byrne to Head Symphony Space

Andrew Byrne, a Columbia Music Department DMA alumnus (1999),  has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Symphony Space, one of New York's pre-eminent performance venues.  He begins September 15th, taking over the already planned 2014-2015 season. Previously, Dr. Byrne was Director of Festivals and Special Projects at Carnegie Hall to  Andrew Byrne studied with Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl in the 1990s and received his DMA in composition in 1998 with Fred Lerdahl as sponsor.

For more information see The New York Times
or
Andrew Byrne's website.

Congratulations to Dr. Marti Newland!

The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Martha ("Marti") Newland, who successfull defended her dissertation, entitled Sounding "Black": An Ethnography of Racialized Vocality at Fisk University, on June 23, 2014.  Her dissertation was sponsored by Prof. Aaron Fox.  Dr. Newland, a former winner of Columbia's Myerson Award for excellence in Core Curriculum teaching, has accepted a two year appointment as a Core Lecturer for Music Humanities at Columbia.

 

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Appointed as Lecturer and Director of Music Performance!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska to our faculty.  Dr. Stern-Baczewska has been appointed as a Lecturer in Music and as the new Director of the Columbia Music Performance Program. 

Biography:  Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (pronounced BaCHEVska) joins the faculty of Columbia University as Director of the Music Performance Program. As an award-winning soloist and recording artist, she performs internationally. Her performances, hailed as "eloquent and technically flawless" (The Washington Post), have been broadcast on radio stations across America, including WQXR, NPR, Voice of America, and on European Radio and Television. This season's highlights include piano lecture-recitals on the music of Chopin's teachers, performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, harpsichord performances of Polish keyboard music from the time of Copernicus (1543) to Kosciuszko (1777), Bach's Triple Concerto BWV 1044 with the West Chester Baroque, concert of 17th-century Italian sonatas with the members of Dorian Baroque, among others.

Her CD "A Tribute to Glenn Gould" (2008) contains J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and R. Strauss' Sonata op. 5, the first and last piano works ever recorded by Gould. The three subsequent albums, "Music for Dreams" were released in collaboration with BlueSleep(r), a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders. She continues to create music for health and wellness as Artistic Director at BlueSleep Music.

Baczewska worked with the Columbia students in 2012, teaching Fundamentals of Western Music. She returns to Columbia having served on the faculty of the Mannes College New School for Music, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College Division, and the Concordia Conservatory. Every summer she joins the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and the New York Piano Festival. Her guest teaching appearances also include remote master classes using Yamaha Disklavier and the Remote Lesson technology. She is a published music critic, having written for the New York Concert Review. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture.

As an administrator, Magdalena brings her corporate experience to Columbia, having worked in the Artist Relations division of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America).

Congratulations to Dr. Harald Kisiedu

The Department congratulates Dr. Harald Kisiedu, who recently defended his dissertation, "European Echoes: Jazz Experimentalism
in Germany, 1950-1975." Dr. Kisiedu's dissertation was sponsored by Prof. George Lewis. 

 

Zosha Di Castri Appointed Assistant Professor of Composition!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes and congratulates Zosha Di Castri, who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music (Composition).  Prof. Di Castri, who will soon complete her DMA in the Department, will begin her appointment on July 1, 2014

Ms. Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music, including projects with electronics, installations, and collaborations with video and dance. Her latest work, Serafiniana, for solo amplified violin, amplified harp, orchestra, and electronics was premiered in Toronto by Esprit Orchestra in May. Other recent orchestral compositions have been programmed by the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra among others. Zosha has made appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic in their chamber music series and has worked with many local groups including Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, and Ensemble Pamplemousse. She was the recipient of the Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music for her work Cortege in 2012, and participated in Ircam's Manifeste Festival, writing an interactive electronic work for Thomas Hauert's dance company ZOO. Upcoming projects include an evening-length collaborative interdisciplinary work with David Adamcyk and ICE, and a piece for the Cecilia String Quartet. Zosha is presently completing her doctorate and will begin a tenure-track appointment in the summer of 2014.

Learn more about Prof. Di Castri's work on her Columbia Composers bio page!

Read an article (with audio samples) about Prof. Di Castri in musicworks magazine.

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