Sampo Haapamaki (Columbia DMA in Composition, 2012) has composed a double concerto, two concertos, three chamber orchestra works, compositions for mixed choir and tape, violin and live electronics, concert band, big band, and chamber music. Haapamaki had a composition recital in Musica nova Helsinki festival in 2006. Haapamaki was the Tapiola Sinfonietta's Composer-in-Residence for the season 2011-12.
Haapamaki studied composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Tapio Nevanlinna (1998-2002) and Veli-Matti Puumala (2002-05) and graduated as a Master of Music in 2005. In the winter semester 2006-07 Haapamaki studied with Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Leipzig. Sampo Haapamaki has studied composition with Tristan Murail (2005-06, 2007-09) as a student at Columbia, where he graduated with a DMA in 2012. He took part in a composition and music technology course, Cursus 1, at IRCAM in Paris, Gregoire Lorieux as his tutor, during the academic year 2012-13.
Haapamaki has been involved in the developing processes of new quarter-tone instruments. These instruments are the quarter-tone accordion of Veli Kujala (made by Pigini), the quarter-tone guitar of Juuso Nieminen (made by Keijo Korelin), and the quarter-tone piano of Elisa Jarvi and Sampo Haapamaki (made by Otso Haapamaki). These instruments aim to have as wide a quarter-tone register as possible (24 notes per octave), to be ergonomic, and to produce a genuine acoustic sound. Haapamaki has written two works using quarter-tone instruments. The quarter-tone accordion concerto Velinikka (2008) was a commission from the Gaudeamus Muziekweek and is dedicated to Veli Kujala; the double concerto Conception (2012) for quarter-tone guitar, quarter-tone accordion and orchestra is dedicated to Veli Kujala and Juuso Nieminen, and was commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Spring 2015 Colloquia - Columbia University Department of Music
February 13: Joel Sachs (the Juilliard School)
"Weighing the Evidence: Problems for the Cowell Biographer."
622 Dodge, 2 pm
February 13: "Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism, Sound, and Spirit": panel discussion: http://ircpl.org/event/tomorrowisthequestion/
Union Theological Seminary, James Memorial Chapel, 7-9 pm
Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life Life; and co-sponsored by Columbia's Department of Music; Columbia University's Edwin H. Case Chair in American Music; the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; and the Department of Africana Studies at Barnard.
February 20: Stefano Lorenzetti (Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America)
Digital Projects in Music Research
Friday, February 27, 2-5 pm, 523 Butler Library
Presented by the Department of Music and the Columbia University Libraries
Bringing the Songs Home: Music Repatriation Projects at the Center for Ethnomusicology (Aaron Fox)
Aaron Fox will discuss the Center for Ethnomusicology's ongoing projects to repatriate recordings of traditional and indigenous music (most from the 1930s and 1940s) to their source communities, and to return control over the publication of these archives, which includes the development of digital interfaces with these recordings and associated materials, including photographs and transcriptions, being developed in collaboration with indigenous elders, performers, educators, activists, and scholars. Discussion to include projects with Hopi, Inupiat, Tsimshian, and Navajo communities.