Tyshawn Sorey Wins 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award!

The Department of Music proudly congratulates Columbia DMA student Tyshawn Sorey, who has recieved a prestigious 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award from the Doris Duke Foundation Performing Arts Awards. 

From the Doris Duke Impact Awards Website:

Biography:  
Born and raised in Newark, NJ Tyshawn Sorey blends composition and improvisation across a variety of styles and genres. As an instrumentalist, he is known for his skillful open, groove-oriented, and through-composed forms and for his virtuosity on drums, piano, and trombone. The International Contemporary Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, and TAK Ensemble have performed his compositions, which integrate African diasporic, Western classical, and avant-garde musical forms. As a bandleader, he has released four critically acclaimed recordings. The most recent, Alloy (Pi, 2014), features a half-hour-long work and explores extremes of sonic sparseness and density. He has been selected as a Danish International Visiting Artist (2013) and for the Other Minds Residency (2012). He has lectured on composition and improvisation at Columbia University, Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and Hochschule fur Musik Koln, among other institutions. In 2015, he will appear with his trio at Rotterdam's North Sea Jazz Festival and NYC's Village Vanguard.

What are the creative challenges you face as an artist?
"Logically extending my musical upbringing, my creative output relies on the convergence of myriad performance traditions. This type of work, however, presents its own set of challenges. As my work synthesizes a wide spectrum of genres and, simultaneously, contests extant aesthetic constructions of place; it is a considerable undertaking to garner greater visibility for its performance and reception. I aim to carve out significantly more time for composition, practice, and promotion, activities that are all fundamental to presenting and advancing the vitality and visibility of my work. In addition, it is my hope to publish musical scores, recordings, and written literature on my music to make it more known and knowable to a wider public. Finally, I seek to contribute to creative excellence by balancing improvisation and formal structure through a body of work that is at once personal, direct, and visceral."

Learn more about Tyshawn Sorey's music and follow his career on his Facebook page, his Twitter, and his personal website.

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!

UNDERGRADUATES

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephan Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zeynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
PHD 
Shannon Garland
Melissa Gonzalez
David Gutkin
Jonathan "Toby" King
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi

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Conference Restaging the Harlem Renaissance and Performance of H. Lawrence Freeman's Opera Voodoo

Friday, June 26, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Butler Library, Rooms 522 and 523

Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman (to purchase opera tickets click here). Compared to Richard Wagner by a contemporary journalist, Freeman's music - blending western classical music with American and African-American subjects and musical styles - offers a fresh perspective on the performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance.

Read about "Voodoo" in The New York Times.

Conference Restaging the Harlem Renaissance and Performance of H. Lawrence Freeman's Opera Voodoo

Friday, June 26, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Butler Library, Rooms 522 and 523

Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman (to purchase opera tickets click here). Compared to Richard Wagner by a contemporary journalist, Freeman's music - blending western classical music with American and African-American subjects and musical styles - offers a fresh perspective on the performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance.

Read about "Voodoo" in The New York Times.

Conference Restaging the Harlem Renaissance and Performance of H. Lawrence Freeman's Opera Voodoo

Friday, June 26, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Butler Library, Rooms 522 and 523

Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman (to purchase opera tickets click here). Compared to Richard Wagner by a contemporary journalist, Freeman's music - blending western classical music with American and African-American subjects and musical styles - offers a fresh perspective on the performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance.

Read about "Voodoo" in The New York Times.

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