Beatriz Goubert joined the PhD program in Ethnomusicology in 2011-12. She is a Fulbright Fellow and holds an MA in Anthropology from Lousiana State University.
Cesar Colon-Montijo is a doctorate candidate in the ethnomusicology program at Columbia University. In 2013, he completed a Master's thesis in ethnomusicology at Columbia entitled The Practices of Plena at La Casita de Chema: Affect, Music and Everyday Life. Cesar obtained a Master's in anthropology and audiovisual communication from the University of Barcelona, Spain in 2005; and a B. A. in communication/journalism at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras in 2003.
Cesar worked as a part time professor of communication theory and journalism in the University of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico between 2005 and 2011. He was the general producer for a documentary series in Puerto Rico's Public Broadcasting Station from 2007 to 2010, and co-produced a weekly salsa show in University Radio at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras between 2007 and 2011. In 2011, he was the researcher and writer for the musical documentary Sono Sono: Tite Curet. He currently writes for 80 Grados, a cultural and literary web magazine from Puerto Rico.
Kevin Fellezs joined our faculty as Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies in 2012, in a joint appointment with the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia. He was previously on the faculty of the University of California at Merced. He holds the PhD in History of Consciousness (American Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
His book titled Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion (Duke University Press, 2011) is a study of fusion (jazz-rock-funk) music of the 1970s.
He has published articles in Jazz Perspectives, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the Institute for Studies in American Music Newsletter. He has also published essays in a number of edited anthologies including Alien Encounters: Asian Americans and Popular Culture (Duke University), One World Periphery Reads the Other: Knowing the "Oriental" in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula (Cambridge Scholars), and Heavy Metal: Controversies and Countercultures (Equinox).
Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Student Interest Group, First Meeting of the Year, Thursday 9/22, 7:30PM
The Columbia University Undergraduate Ethnomusicology Group will be
holding its first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 22nd at
7:30pm. The meeting will be held in the 701C Dodge.
We will be discussing events for the coming semester, meeting other
ethnomusicologists, and laying out the final plans for our new
website! If you have ever considered engaging with music in its social
capacities, you will enjoy this meeting.
Please respond to Daro Behroozi ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you plan to
come and forward this to anyone who might be interested!
Refreshments will be served.
The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University presents:
Kind of Blue to Bitches Brew
with Quincy Troupe
Kind of Blue to Bitches Brew is a lecture/talk on the seminal music Miles Davis played and composed during a 14-year span from 1958 to 1972 and provides a musical, cultural and political framework for the Cultural Revolution that occurred in the United States in the 20th Century during that same period.
The lecture covers musicians and composers who impacted and influenced this seminal American musician and looks at several very important albums released by Miles Davis during this period; music that mirrors the complex social, political, cultural and racial events that changed the United States as a country forever.
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 8:00pm
622 Dodge Hall, Columbia University Morningside Campus
Camus Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/dodge.html
Free and open to the public
Please join us Thursday September 29 for the Center for Ethnomusicology's Fall 2011 Colloquium series, presenting:
New Capitalism, Globalization, and the Commodification of Taste
Prof. Timothy D. Taylor (Musicology/Ethnomusicology, UCLA)
Thursday, September 29, 2011
12.00 - 2.00 pm
Center for Ethnomusicology, Dodge Hall, 701 C
"Living in transition: the politics of popular music in contemporary Cuba"
Ms. Gamez has a MSc. degree in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK.
Presented by CSER, Center for Ethnomusicology and the Department of Latin American Cultures
Location: Casa Hispanica, Columbia University - 612 West 116th Street, Room 201, New York, NY (map)
New Undergraduate Course for Fall 2011!
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE IN THE AFRICAN POSTCOLONY
Call #: 26652
Instructor: Gavin Steingo (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music)
This course examines music and performance in various African contexts, focusing on the postcolonial period. We will explore the complex interactions between music, politics, nation, race, and mediation through case studies from Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa. In addition, we will ask what it means to speak about "African music," and we will theorize the conditions of musical production in the context of postcolonialism.
New Graduate Course for Fall 2011:
GENDER/SEXUALITY/MUSIC: THEORY, HISTORY AND CRITICISM
Call #: 95946
Prof. Ellie Hisama
Exploration of gender and sexuality studies in music theory and historical musicology. Music explored will include classical music, popular music and jazz. Prerequisites: One graduate course in music and permission of the instructor.
Prof. John Szwed
Miles Davis is one of the five or six most important figures in the history of jazz. This course provides a survey of the life and music of Davis, examining the social history and musical traditions that shaped his work, and exploring his influence on music, performance, literature and other arts.
The eighth annual Columbia Music Scholarship Conference will take place on Saturday, March 5 in 301 Philosophy Hall at Columbia University from 10 AM to 6 PM. Nine graduate students and young scholars will present original research exploring various facets of the conference theme "Sound at Play: Music, Humor, and Games." Musicologist Roger Moseley (Cornell University) will deliver the keynote address "Ludomusicality." CMSC would like to thank the Graduate Student Advisory Council, Columbia University Department of Music, and the Center for Ethnomusicology for co-sponsorship of this year's conference.
All events are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow the keynote address. For more information about the conference and the schedule of presenters, please visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cmsc/.
Composition and Cognition
Prof. Alfred Lerdahl
This seminar studies contemporary compositional practice from the perspective of the cognitive science of music. Particular reference is made to the instructor's theories. Issues include compositional vs. perceptual grammars; cognitive constraints on compositional systems; perceptual critiques of serialism, spectralism, and other recent compositional methods; the cognitive organization of rhythm, pitch, and timbre. The student develops a major research project, first as class presentation and then as a term paper.
Seminar in Historical Musicology: Music and Biography
What constitutes interpretive adequacy in a musical biography? The framing of lives and works says as much about writers as about their subjects. Negotiating the complexities of a representation of career, personality, and music, biographers both construct and are situated in intellectual history. Will the chronological narrative reveal the composer's voice, the musician's gift? In this seminar, we will examine the theory, practice, and limits of biography as well as autobiography. The initial focus will be on composers and musicians of the 18th and early 19th centuries, but topics for seminar reports and papers may be drawn from any period.
Music and Childhood
This seminar addresses the relationship between music and childhood through a focus on the following areas: child musicians, music written for or about children, the role of music in the creation of "childhood" as a modern cultural construct, the history of musical education, and the shaping of identity through music. We will address a variety of themes using both diachronic and synchronic analysis. Students will pursue research projects in their own areas of interest, which may overlap with or complement the syllabus.
An infrequent performance by the AJ Johnson quintet will take place on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at University of the Streets in the East Village. There will be two sets, at 8 and 10 PM. This is the original band from my 2009 CD Songs of Our Fathers featuring all-time greats Victor Lewis (drums) and Onaje Allan Gumbs (piano) along with Salim Washington (tenor sax, flute, and oboe) and Robert Sabin (bass). We will be playing mostly my orginal music.
The performance costs $15 and tickets can be bought in advance at www.universityofthestreets.org. I am hoping to see many of my friends and colleagues there!
NOTICE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies and the Department of Music at Columbia University are pleased to announce the following position:
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies and the Department of Music at Columbia University seek to hire an Assistant Professor with a specialization in African-American Music. The responsibilities of the position include undergraduate and graduate teaching; research and publication; and institutional service. We seek candidates with specializations in musicology, ethnomusicology, or music-centered studies in arts, humanities or social science fields; whose research centers on global Afrodiasporic/circum-Atlantic positions, practices and discourses; and whose teaching and research are informed by critical race/ethnicity theory and postcolonial discourses. Candidates must have earned the doctoral degree by July 1, 2011.
To learn more or to begin the application process, please visit the following link:
Review of applications will begin JANUARY 1, 2011.
(Note correction from earlier posting, which had listed an earlier date.)
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
The Department is often approached by scholars and graduate students from other institutions who have plans to spend time in New York and who are seeking a "visiting" (courtesy) affiliation with us. We are delighted to host several Visiting Scholars and Students annually, under a variety of program auspices, and many of us have been graciously hosted at sister institutions in the past. Visiting Scholars and Students enhance the life of our community and create new connections for future exchanges.
The Politics of Desire in Latin America (New Grad Seminar for Fall 2010)
Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa
701C Dodge Hall
The course explores the politics of desire through three main contrastive and complementary arenas: the politics of desire as mediated by the state; the politics of desire as mediated by music and, the politics of desire as mediated by literature and film. The course will be simultaneously announced at NYU, CUNY and Columbia, programmed at the same time in all campuses. Four classes will be taught in each of the campuses. All professors are present at all lectures and contribute to all lectures. Students register through their home institution. READING SPANISH IS REQUIRED. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.
"The New Thing": Jazz 1955-80 (Course for Fall 2010)
Prof. John Szwed
An examination of the new jazz that emerged shortly after the middle of the 20th century. The seminar will include the work of musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Carla Bley, Albert Ayler, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago; the economics and politics of the period; parallel developments in other arts; the rise of new performance spaces, recording companies, and collectives; and the accomplishments of the music and the problems it raised for jazz performance and criticism.