Brad Garton: "The Books Of Music, Dreams, And Memories" (multi-media performance)
Wednesday February 18th, 2015, 7PM, at The Italian Academy (1161 Amsterdam Ave.)
Prof. Brad Garton, Director of the Columbia University Computer Music Center, has assisted in the establishment and development of a number of computer music studios throughout the world, and is an active contributor to the greater community of computer musicians/researchers, formerly serving on the Board of Directors of the International Computer Music Association as editor (with Robert Rowe) of the ICMA newsletter and as artistic director/co-organizer of several high-profile festivals and conferences of new computer music.
His current work includes focused research on the modeling and enhancement of acoustic spaces as well as the modeling of human musical performance on various virtual "instruments." He is also the primary developer (with Dave Topper) of RTcmix, a real-time music synthesis/signal-processing language.
Prof. Adriana N. Helbig
The Department of Music congratulates Adriana N. Helbig, Associate Professor of Music at The University of Pittsburgh, and a 2005 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program, on the publication of her book Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration (2014, Indiana University Press).
Kate Soper (DMA 2011) was recently featured in a New York Times ArtsBeat article, which includes a video of her performing "Go Away," from her 2011 "Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say," with flutist Erin Lesser. ArtsBeat calls Soper's work "virtuosic" and "limit-stretching."
Congratulations to DMA student Nina Young who was named as one of "10 Imagination-Grabbing Trailblazing Artists of 2014" by WQXR's Q2 Music.
The article includes an audio clip of Nina's "Vestigia Flammae" from a performance by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Brad Balliett writes: "Nina's music is constantly surprising, but at the same time, seems predestined. Every event seems so well-placed and inevitable that one is left with the feeling that the piece could have gone only the way she has it mapped out. Echoes of Stravinsky and something spectral give way to an intensely personal voice cut through with an ear for color and balance that is almost unmatched among composers that are not Marcos Balter, Alex Mincek or Helmut Lachenmann. Listen and enjoy."
The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 official Newsletter!
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!
Call for Papers: Current Musicology 50th Anniversary Conference, March 28-29, 2015 (Deadline for submissions is 1/15/15)
Call for Papers!
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.
To submit a proposal, please e-mail your name, institution, e-mail address, and an abstract of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Trevor Reed and Robin R. R. Gray Discuss Native American/First Nations Music Repatriation Projects (Wed 12/10, 1-3pm)
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:
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.
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
2:30 - 4:00 pm
(Mario Diaz de Leon)
4:00 - 5:30 pm
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.
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.
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!
December 7th 2014, 8PM, Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Columbia University
December 8th, 2014, 8PM, Miller Theatre, Columbia University
Click image for full-sized poster!
Columbia's Collegium Musicum presents its annual Fall concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 pm in St. Paul's Chapel.
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.
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 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.
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).
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)
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.
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 - 5:00 pm
Early Music in the Digital Domain:
Presentations of Current Projects
Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:00-6:00 pm, 622 Dodge Hall
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
Read the article on this event in the Columbia Spectator.