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The Department congratulates 2006 Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program alumnus Prof. David Novak (UCSB), who has just published Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press, 2013).
Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America. With its cultivated obscurity, ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise has captured the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience.
For its scattered listeners, Noise always seems to be new and to come from somewhere else: in North America, it was called "Japanoise." But does Noise really belong to Japan? Is it even music at all? And why has Noise become such a compelling metaphor for the complexities of globalization and participatory media at the turn of the millennium?
In Japanoise, which began as a doctoral dissertation in Ethnomusicology at Columbia (with support from the Social Science Research Council), David Novak draws on more than a decade of research in Japan and the United States to trace the "cultural feedback" that generates and sustains Noise. He provides a rich ethnographic account of live performances, the circulation of recordings, and the lives and creative practices of musicians and listeners. He explores the technologies of Noise and the productive distortions of its networks. Capturing the textures of feedback--its sonic and cultural layers and vibrations--Novak describes musical circulation through sound and listening, recording and performance, international exchange, and the social interpretations of media.
Visit the Japanoise book website: http://www.japanoise.com/
David Novak is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2006, after which he served as a postdoctoral fellow in Columbia's Society of Fellows.
The Department congratulates Prof. Matthew Sakakeeny (Tulane University, Columbia PhD in Ethnomusicology 2008) has just published Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans (with artwork by Willie Birch)
Roll With It, which began as Prof. Sakakeeny's doctoral dissertation in Ethnmusicology at Columbia (with support from the National Science Foundation), is a firsthand account of the precarious lives of musicians in the Rebirth, Soul Rebels, and Hot 8 brass bands of New Orleans. The gripping narrative moves with the band members from back street to backstage, before and after Hurricane Katrina, always in step with the tap of the snare drum, the thud of the bass drum, and the boom of the tuba.
Matthew Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist and journalist, New Orleans resident and musician. An Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University, he initially moved to New Orleans to work as a co-producer of the public radio program American Routes.
Read the introduction to Roll With It on Scribd.
Roll With It also features a supplementary website.
Published by Duke University Press in their "Refiguring American Music Series" in 2013
NEW YORK, October 17, 2013 - Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the collection of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Serge Prokofiev Foundation has chosen the RBML as the repository for the archival material under its control from Prokofiev's 18 years in the West.
The Foundation was established in 1983 by Lina Prokofiev, the composer's widow, to enrich public awareness of Prokofiev's life and work and to encourage research. (The organization uses a variant spelling of the composer's first name). After her death in 1989 at age 91, and the death of her sons Sviatoslav and Oleg, the work of the Foundation has been carried on by their descendants.
The collection includes Prokofiev's private and business papers from 1919 through May 1936, after which he returned to the Soviet Union with his family. Correspondents include conductors such as Sir Henry Wood and Sergei Koussevitzky; soloists such as Joseph Szigeti and Pablo Casals; composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel; and chess grandmaster Jose Capablanca.
Curious about the Barnard College "Ethnomusicology track" in the Music Major? Read this carefully!
(Specific requirements for the BC Ethnomusicology track are below).
Barnard College is one of the few colleges in the US where you can complete an undergraduate major in the field of Ethnomusicology, specifically. This academic major track (please note that it does not focus on the performance of non-western music, although there are opportunities for doing this) provides a unique opportunity for BC students with a serious and scholarly interest in the field of Ethnomusicology. This track is especially intended to prepare students for graduate study and careers in music, anthropology, music business and technology, and library/information science, among other related fields.
This program offers undergraduates rich access to the faculty and resources of Columbia's highly-ranked graduate (MA/PhD) program in Ethnomusicology. The undergraduate offering has a long and distinguished track record as a "special major" at Barnard. In 2009, the special major was converted into a pre-approved major track within the BC Music major. (NB: Columbia College/GS students cannot pursue this track in the Music major; please contact Prof. Fox if you are a CC/GS student with a specific interest in pursuing Ethnomusicology.)
The Music Department of Columbia University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Historical Musicology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014. Although the Department has instructional needs in opera, it is seeking the best possible candidate in any period or area of specialization. The responsibilities comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching, including participation in Columbia's Core Curriculum; research and publication; and departmental service.
All continuing appointments begin with a one-year contract, for which renewal is anticipated.
Doctorate must be in hand at the time of the appointment.
Review of applications begins November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled
Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Composition (Review of Applications Begins Dec. 1, 2013)
The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Composition at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014.
The appointee will be expected to carry out creative work; teach composition at undergraduate and graduate levels; teach in music theory or some other area of intellectual interest, as well as in the undergraduate Core Curriculum; and participate actively in the development of the Department's programs. We seek candidates who, through their composing, research, teaching, and service, can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Columbia.
An appropriate doctorate or its professional equivalent must be in hand at the time of the appointment. Significant achievement and potential as a composer is the most important qualification. We are open to a wide range of aesthetic and technical orientations. A candidate's potential for working closely with the Computer Music Center would be viewed as an advantage, as would any involvement that would expand the scope of compositional possibility at Columbia.
Music Theory PhD student Orit Hilewicz Wins Founders Prize from International Society for the Study of Time (ISST)!
The Department congratulates Music Theory PhD Candidate Orit Hilewicz, who has received the Founders Prize for New Scholars at the triennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) for her paper "Tracing Space in Time: Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel."
The prize announcement may be read online here.
Ms. Hilewicz's paper explores the relationship between Rothko's chapel in Houston, TX, and Morton Feldman's 1971 composition titled Rothko Chapel, composed for the chapel space. Focusing on the temporal dimension of Feldman's work, she examines the piece as a case of musical ekphrasis, the musical representation of another artwork, and shows that the interaction between contrasting musical temporalities in Feldman's Rothko Chapel becomes a temporal trace of a visitor's experience in Rothko's chapel. This paper is part of a larger analysis project that explores points of intersection between music and the visual arts, studying ekphrastic musical works as text for the original works they represent.
The Center for Jazz Studies invites you to attend:
Amiri Baraka's BLUES PEOPLE at Fifty:
A conversation with Professors William J. Harris, Robert G. O'Meally and John F. Szwed
Monday, October 14, 2013
622 Dodge Hall, West 116th Street and Broadway
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and open to the public
On September 25, 1963 Amiri Baraka's classic, Blues People: Negro Music in White America, was published in New York City with a first impression of 5000 copies, and, remaining fresh and relevant, has never gone out of print. Professors William J. Harris, University of Kansas, Robert O'Meally, Columbia University and John Szwed, Columbia University, will discuss the musical, sociological, aesthetic and theoretical implications of this sociocultural history of African American music and its unique place in American music history and culture. This comprehensive study, the first to be written by an African American, is a precursor to the fields of cultural studies and critical race theory.
The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University Presents
A book talk by author Prof. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
(Music and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
"The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs"
The presentation "The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs" will comprise a reading by Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. from his new book The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop.
The reading will be followed by a discussion of jazz, Afro-modernism and mental health, topics linked to the life and career of Bud Powell. Joining him for the discussion will Professor Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Kellie Jones, Columbia University.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 4pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext., IRWGS Seminar Room
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and open to the public
For more information about this event please contact IRAAS@columbia.edu or call 212-854-7080
Please join us as well for these upcoming CENTER FOR JAZZ STUDIES events
Amiri Baraka's Blues People at Fifty: A conversation with William Harris, Robert O'Meally and John Szwed