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Film Screening & Discussion -- Miguel Coyula: "Sound & Image in Memories of Overdevelopment" (Feb. 21, 2PM)
The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents a Talk and Film Screening of:
Sound and image in Memories of Overdevelopment.
featuring Miguel Coyula, Independent film-maker (Cuba)
Friday February 21, 2014
701 C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
2.00 pm- 5.00 pm
Free and open to the public. For more information contact email@example.com
Talea Ensemble plays Columbia Composers
February 10, 2014, 8PM
at the Italian Academy at Columbia University.
With new works by:
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University "Conversations" Series Presents:
"Composing Living Legacies in Spirituals, Sound, and Song"
A conversation and performance with vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri, moderated by Matthew D. Morrison, PhD candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia University.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014
Room 754 Schermerhorn Extension
(Columbia Univ. Morningside Campus)
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Space is Limited; First Come, First seated
Patrick Landeza- "Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and the Performance of Native Hawaiian Identity" (Feb 7, 2-4PM)
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and the Performance of Native Hawaiian Identity
a performance and presentation by Patrick Landeza
Patrick Landeza will give a unique performance. While he will perform Hawaiian slack key guitar, he will also discuss the ways in which his participation in Hawaiian music brought out a number of issues Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) born and raised outside of Hawai'i confront in terms of authenticity and legitimacy. Landeza's bassist, Christopher Lau, is a professional musician with decades of experience in Hawaiian music.
Friday, February 7th
701 C Dodge Hall
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Patrick Landeza, ki ho'alu (Hawaiian slack key guitar)
Christopher Lau, acoustic bass
Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, returns fresh on the heels of receiving Hawaiian music's highest honor, the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. He made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win this award.
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Announcing new and featured courses in Music for Spring 2014!
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V3127 Bach's Vocal Music
Instructor: Laura Weber
Call #: 67320, 3 pts
MW 6:10pm-7:25pm, 404 Dodge
This course will examine the vocal works of J.S. Bach and the historical, cultural, and liturgical contexts in which they were created. We will focus on sacred works through close engagement with a selection of cantatas, the St. Matthew Passion, and the B Minor Mass. Over the course of the semester, students will gain an understanding of their place within Bach's oeuvre; their role in Lutheran devotional practice, particularly in Leipzig; the musical innovations Bach brought to these genres; and his techniques for expressing the texts and enhancing the liturgical contexts in which they were performed.
V3310 Techniques of 20th Century Music
Instructor: Benjamin Steege
Call #: 27445, 3 pts
MW 8:40am-9:55am, 620 Dodge
Intensive analysis and interpretation of selected works from the past century, with emphasis on the historical contexts of compositional technique. Topics include scales, chords, sets, atonality, serialism, neoclassicism, and rhythm.
G4122 Songs of the Troubadours
Instructor: Susan Boynton
Call #: 78449, 4 pts
W 10:10am-12:00pm, 701A Dodge
This interdisciplinary seminar approaches the songs of the troubadours as poetic and musical traditions. Together we will develop methods for analysis and interpretation, situate the songs within literary and social history, and address broad issues such as the nature of performance, the interplay between orality and writing, the origins of troubadour poetry, fin'amor, and gender. Students will learn to analyze the poetic and musical structure of the songs and to transcribe and edit them from medieval manuscripts. Weekly assignments in Paden's Introduction to Old Occitan will familiarize students with the language of the texts; one hour a week will be devoted to going over texts in the original language using Paden's book. Individually designed paper assignments will take students' backgrounds into account;; students from all departments are welcome.
G6205 Billie Holiday: The Origins of a Style
Instructor: John Szwed
Call #: 12904, 3 pts,
R 4:10pm-6:00pm, 701A Dodge
This seminar will introduce students to the life and music of Billie Holiday. Because Holiday's style and repertoire drew on many sources and shifted radically several times throughout her life, attention will be paid to her sources among women singers in European, American, and African-American cabaret, Broadway musical theater, African American folk music, and Tin Pan Alley popular music. The nature of song itself will be considered, especially in terms of its social functions and how singers and audiences understand sung performances. We will also examine Holiday's autobiography, as well as films and documentaries of her life. Prerequisites: A Course in Jazz Studies or the equivalent.
New Currents in Hip-Hop Studies: Theory and Analysis
Instructor: Ellie Hisama
Call #: 72547, 3 pts
R 2:10pm-4:00pm, 701A Dodge
This seminar examines hip hop from a music-theoretical perspective, focusing on close readings of music analyzed alongside recent scholarly workonhip-hop. We will explore some of the key texts that have presented theoretical and analytical work on hiphop music, and students will prepare their own listening-based analyses of selected works throughout the term, culminating with a final presentation and paper. Throughout the course, we will track key words in hip hop studies such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, politics, society, class, representation, and diaspora, focusing on recordings, performances, videos, and films. Readings will help to locate music, artists, and genres within their various contexts, which in tum will assist us in our analysis of specific works. The enrollment is open to graduate students only.
G8111 HM-20th Cent.: American Popular Song of the "Golden" Age, 1900-1960
Instructor: Walter Frisch
Call #: 10089, 3 pts
T 2:10pm-4:00pm, 701A Dodge
We will look at American popular song from the early Tin Pan Alley era into the age of recording, radio and television broadcast, Broadway, and Hollywood. Composers will include renowned figures like Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Arlen, Porter, and Rodgers. Emphasis will be on both historical and cultural contexts and on musical/ analytical methodologies.
The Music & Arts Library has mounted an exhibition of works by Marcelo Toledo entitled Northern Skies. Toledo, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music in the Music Department at Columbia University was born in Argentina in 1964. His compositions have been presented at International festivals and new music concerts for over 10 years.
Presented in the exhibition are images of scores entitled Noturno (2010), Dos miradas fugaces a la noche (2012), and Luminous emptiness (2012). All of these works derive their sonic elements from the images of 21 constellations visible in the northern hemisphere for part of the year.
Toledo writes, "A permanent back and forth between sound material and its notation occurs in the representation of musical ideas. The clear representation of visual materials re-injects new possibilities into the compositional process. The flexibility of the mechanism of representation expands the musical materials and opens--in an almost rhizomatic way--the intermediate states of the sound/image relationship."
Toledo's interest in the visual representation in music was first presented in the solo exhibition Sound Object at The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts in 2004.
Huub van der Linden (University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, The Netherlands and Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America) will speak on
"Listening to Italian oratorio around 1700: Circulations, contexts, and comparisons."
During the decades around 1700, the genre of oratorio witnessed a peak of interest in Italy, becoming the most widely performed form of musical drama. Oratorio performances were a musical presence not only in cities but also in smaller towns and villages, and they took place in a range of different sites - ranging from lay oratories, to churches, to aristocratic palaces, to college theatres - and different performance contexts. The librettos and music of these works circulated via different channels throughout Italy, and to some extent beyond, and many works stayed on the repertoire for two decades or longer. By not only looking at the rewriting of librettos and at different musical settings of the same text, but by also comparing how the same works were often performed in widely different contexts, and how this in turn would have shaped different audiences' perceptions, I argue that the case of Italian oratorio provides an unparalleled opportunity to show on the level of a concrete historical setting the--usually largely theoretical--notion that context shapes musical meaning.
The presentation will be followed by a reception.
Friday Jan 31, 2014
622 Dodge Hall
Free and Open to the Public
Fall 2013 News and announcements from the Composition Program
Yoshiaki Onishi's Gaudeamus-commissioned work "Tramespace, diptych for large ensemble, Part I" (2012~13) was performed by Asko|Schonberg Ensemble in September 2013 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Taylor Brook received an honorable mention from the Jules Leger prize for the second year in a row as well as MIVOS prize for El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan, a string quartet composed for a CC concert.
Zosha di Castri's music received numerous performances. This past September, there were three performances of "Lineage" by the San Francisco Symphony, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas. "The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named", commissioned by Ekmeles, received its premiere with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts. She has received a commission for Esprit Orchestra for May 2014. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Adams, will perform her "Lineage" in March 2014.
Alec Hall was elected for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal's "Generation 2014" project. The award consists of a workshop in Montreal this March, followed by a week in Banff in November, then an 8-city/concert cross-Canada tour.
Ashkan Behzadi received Second Prize in the SOCAN young composer competition for 2013. He also won the Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards for "Urban Trilogy" for chamber orchestra, the Fontainebleau Prix de Composition for "Az hoosh mi.." for soprano and violin, and was named the winner of the APNM competition/call for scores for "Az hoosh mi.." for soprano and violin.
Sky MacKlay's orchestra piece Dissolving Bands was awarded the Leo Kaplan Award, the top prize in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
Bryan Jacobs' Dis Un Il Im Ir received Honorable Mention in the Conlon Music 2013 competition (Amsterdam). Le La en Le received First Prize in the Presque Rien 2013 competition (Paris).
Christopher Trapani was named the winner of the Third Jezek Prize in Composition, 2013.
Courtney Bryan's New Work for orchestra and recorded sound was commissioned by American Composers Orchestra Underground Ensemble, for a Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 2015-16 premiere. Walking with 'Trane, a collaboration, was commissioned by Urban Bush Women, New York, NY, for 2014 premiere. And New Work for String Quartet was commissioned by Spektral String Quartet for Mobile Miniatures Project, for a Chicago, IL, 2014 premiere.
Nina C. Young's Remnants received the Audience Choice Award at the ACO's 2013 Underwood New Music Readings. Tanglewood Music Center has also commissioned new work from Ms. Young for the 2014 TMC Brass Ensemble.
Stylianos Dimou participated in the Royaumont Voix nouvelles composition course 2013, and the 5th Composers' Forum ['tactus 2013] with the Brussels Philharmonic; Mr. Dimou's L'allegorie de la caverne, for orchestra (2011-2012) was selected as the winning piece to be performed again by the Brussels Philharmonic in 2014.
SOUNDING COMMUNITIES: MUSIC AND THE THREE RELIGIONS IN MEDIEVAL IBERIA
Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27: CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room, 4pm-7:45pm
Friday, February 28: Faculty House, Columbia University, 9:30am-5pm
Poetry, song, and other forms of performance in Arabic, Latin, Hebrew, and Romance are central sources for the cultural and social history of medieval Iberia. This international conference brings together scholars of music, literature, and history to reflect on the insights that the sounding arts and their context can offer into Iberian communities and the interactions among them.
Sounding Communities is dedicated to the memory of Maria Rosa Menocal (1953-2012), whose influential book The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain was widely read as an eloquent account of peaceful coexistence. Although her vision of convivencia is contested, Menocal's contributions continue to inform the study of medieval Iberia, and to remind us of the prevalence of cultural interchange through music and poetry.
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