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MPP Director Magdalena Stern-Baczewska will perform in Beijing on October 25, 2014, in composer/conductor Tan Dun's "Martial Arts Trilogy" with the China National Symphony Orchestra.
The program will be:
Violin Concerto Hero (Tan Dun)
Cello Concerto Crouching Tiger (Tan Dun)
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.
Jocelyne Guilbault: Roy Cape’s Labor of Love: Theorizing Work Ethics through Musical Biography (Oct. 23, 4pm)
The Center for Ethnomusicology is pleased to present:
Prof. Jocelyne Guilbalt (University of California, Berkeley)
Roy Cape's Labor of Love: Theorizing Work Ethics through Musical Biography
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Center for Ethnomusicology, 701C, Dodge Hall
Jocelyne Guilbault is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Music Department of the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1980, she has done extensive fieldwork in the French Creole- and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean on both traditional and popular music. Informed by a postcolonial perspective, she published several articles on issues of representation, aesthetics, the cultural politics of West Indian music industries, multiculturalism, and world music. She is the author of Zouk: World Music in the West Indies (1993), a study that maps the complex musical network among the French-Creole speaking islands, and the vexed relations that are articulated through music between the West Indian French Departments and the Metropole, France. Co-editor of Border Crossings: New Directions in Music Studies (1999-2000), she has since then been on several Editorial boards, including The Black Music Research Journal, the Society for Ethnomusicology Journal, and MUSICultures (Canada). In 2007, she published Governing Sound: the Cultural Politics of Trinidad's Carnival Musics (2007), a study that explores the ways the calypso music scene became audibly entangled with projects of governing, audience demands, and market incentives. Her new book about and with Roy Cape, titled Roy Cape: A Life on the Calypso and Soca Banstand (2014) is both a study about reputation, circulation, and work ethics, and a dialogic experiment in story.
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:
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.
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!!
The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, who 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.
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 - 6:00 pm
The Department of Music at Columbia University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in ethnomusicology. The responsibilities of the position include research and publication, graduate and undergraduate teaching, contributing to the programming and development of the Center for Ethnomusicology, and participating in departmental service. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in Columbia's Core Curriculum. We seek a colleague whose work will complement our current strengths.
For further information and instructions on applying, please see Columbia's online Recruitment System for Academic Personnel (RAPS) website:
Application review begins Oct. 20, 2014. The position is open until filled.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Music Majors Olivia Harris & Solomon Hoffman Perform & Arrange the National Anthem for Commencement!
On May 22, 2014, for the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, graduating Columbia College Music Major Olivia Harris, along with fellow students Taylor Harvey and Brittany Carroll-Watts, brilliantly performed a striking arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," arranged by Columbia graduating Music Major Solomon Hoffman.
Enjoy the performance!
The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Ashley Fure as an incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music for 2014-16.
Dr. Fure is an American composer interested in chaotic matter and music's ability to convey movement. She works in both acoustic and electroacoustic media and collaborates frequently with artists from other disciplines. A 2013-14 Fulbright Fellow in France, Fure is currently creating a 65 minute electroacoustic ballet with choreographer Yuval Pick commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival in Paris. She earned a Phd in Music Composition from Harvard University, where she studied with Chaya Czernowin, and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory (B.Mus), and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Notable honors include a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, and a 2010 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.
The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Bryan Parkhurst as an incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for 2014-16!
Dr. Parkhurst earned his PhD in philosophy and music theory from the University of Michigan, where he was supported by both a Regents Fellowship and a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. His dissertation, "Sound's Arguments: Philosophical Encounters with Music Theory," which was written under the supervision of Kendall Walton, Ramon Satyendra, and Kevin Korsyn, engages closely with the thought of such figures as Schenker, Lewin, Kant, Hegel, Hanslick, Schopenhauer, Dewey, and Wittgenstein. He is currently researching a book about Hegel and Hauptmann. Additionally, Bryan is interested in Marxist philosophy generally and Marxist aesthetics in particular, as well as in the grand question of whether and how it is possible for music to be philosophy (Marxist or otherwise). Bryan's recent publications appear in Music Theory Online, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities, and elsewhere. He is a also a harpist and accordionist.
DMA Alumnus Timothy Polashek Publishes "The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists"
Columbia DMA alumnus Timothy Polashek (Composition, D.M.A. 2002) has written a new book entitled The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists. A result of Polashek's interdisciplinary research and creative projects in music theory, cognition, and composition, as well as computer science and linguistics, the book is new kind of dictionary--one that reflects the use of "rhythm rhymes" by rappers, poets, and songwriters of today. Dr. Polashek is professor music and director of music technology studies at Transylvania University.
Learn more about the book here:
The Department of Music is pleased to announce that Departmental Honors for 2014 are awarded to the following graduating senior music majors:
Alexander Porter (Columbia College) for his project (advised by Prof. Joseph Dubiel), "Of Diagrammatology in Music and Architecture," which included both an extended essay and two original creative works, a composition called "Diachronism" and a short play called "Broken Images." All were woven together by Alex's stimulating, imaginative exploration of time, memory, and space across both musical and architectural dimensions. A complete PDF version of Alexander's thesis can be downloaded here.
Olivia Munson (Columbia College) for her essay (advised by Prof. Aaron Fox) "A Space for Musical Therapy: On Nationalism, Modernity, Music, and Medicine in the Transition from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic." This essay looks at the use of music for medicinal or therapeutic purposes across broad historical span of Turkish history. Olivia's essay represents an impressive combination of on-the-ground fieldwork and sophisticated theoretical-historical analysis.
The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Jessica Schwartz, currently completing her two year term as a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department, who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at The University of California, Los Angeles!
Dr. Schwartz holds the PhD in Ethnomusicology from New York University, where she completed a dissertation entitled: "Resonances of the Atomic Age: Hearing the Nuclear Legacy in the United States and the Marshall Islands, 1945-2010," advised by Prof. Jairo Moreno. She has published articles in, among other places, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society,Women and Music, and Music & Politics. Dr. Schwartz is also the founder of the Marshallese Educational Initiative, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding educational opportunities for Marshallese and raising awareness of Marshallese issues.
Photos: graduates, their families, and their professors at the Commencement reception in Dodge Hall on May 21, 2014.
The Department of Music Congratulates our 2014 Grads!
Columbia College: (CON = "concentrator"/ MAJ = "major")
Agard-Wilson, Chancellor CON
Assor, Isaac MAJ
Bunch, Isaac MAJ
Dugan, Anna MAJ
Frech, Robert MAJ
Garinois, Alessandro MAJ
Genova, Jerome MAJ
Harris, Olivia MAJ
Hoffman, Solomon MAJ
Horstman, Spencer CON
Koski, Gregory CON
Lagunas, Rudy MAJ
Lim, Youngmook CON
Matern, Lukas MAJ
McCormick, Kyle MAJ
Munson, Olivia MAJ
Nez, Ferguson MAJ
Porter, Alexander MAJ
Rinehart, Amalia MAJ
Safavi Ardebili, Amir Hossein MAJ
Sonett, Caroline MAJ
Street, Lena MAJ
Sturr, Jonathan MAJ
Toy, Norman MAJ
Worthington, Michelle CON
Columbia School of General Studies:
Bosco, Christopher MAJ
Cercone, James MAJ
Owens, Joshua MAJ
Starcher, Sarah Jane MAJ
Columbia College Special Major in Ethnomusicology:
Barnard Music Majors Graduates:
Kristina Dorsett (Ethnomusicology)
Catherine Mullen (Ethnomusicology)
Debra Rosenbaum (Ethnomusicology)
Hana Rosenbaum (Ethnomusicology)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences PhD/DMA:
Belkind, Nili (PhD)
Bryan, Courtney (DMA)
Di Castri, Zosha (DMA)
Eggert, Andrew (PhD)
Forshaw, Juliet (PhD)
Heidemann, Katherine (PhD)
Johnson, Aaron (PhD)
King, Jonathan (PhD)
Kisiedu, Harald (PhD)
Morrison, Matthew (PhD)
Nail, Ashley (DMA)
Newland, Marti (PhD)
Schmeder, Maximillian (PhD)
Tallgren, Johan (DMA)
Photos: Smiles at the GSAS doctoral convocation on Sunday, May 18, 2014 and at the department's luncheon on Wednesday, May 21 after Commencement.
We congratulate our new doctoral alumni!
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences PhD/DMA:
The Department congratulates Dr. Juliet Forshaw (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2014), who has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego for 2014-15. Juliet recently defended her dissertation, "Dangerous Basses, Heroic Tenors, and Non-Ingenues: Singers and the Envoicing of Social Values in Russian Opera, 1836-1905."