The Department of Music at Columbia is pleased to announce the publication of our 2015-16 Newsletter, which documents the extraordinary range of activities and accomplishments in our community over the last year.
The live (audio) recording of George Lewis's new opera Afterword, performed in the Lawrence Batley Theater as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2015, is being streamed on the BBC Radio 3 site, as part of its “Hear and Now” series.
The opera, Afterword, celebrates the work of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a pioneering collective of musicians that took root in Chicago in 1965.
Joelle Lamarre (soprano)
Julian Terrell Otis (tenor)
Gwendolyn Brown (contralto)
International Contemporary Ensemble
David Fulmer (conductor)
Sean Griffin (director)
(Pictured: Julian Terrell Otis, Gwendolyn Brown, and Joelle Lamarre -- copyright Ross Karre and I Care If You Listen, 2015)
Prof. George Lewis (Case Professor of American Music) gave the President's Endowed Plenary Address at the 2015 meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS) to a capacity crowd. The lecture, entitled “Putting Scholarship into (Art) Practice: Four Cases," was described in the AMS program as follows:
“This talk troubles the bright line separating creative work from academic research, through an examination of four cases from my own work as a composer and interactive artist. The works themselves are diverse in content and affect, and range from computer music performance and interactive installations to opera. Each of these works, however, was developed through a combination of ethnographic method, historical and archival work, analysis of musical practice, and critical examination. The results are serving in turn as the impetus for my musicological writing—on the works themselves, on histories of larger networks of musical practice that these works draw upon, and on still larger socio-technological networks and practices that all of us encounter every day. Thus, the talk affirms the fact that the world continues to draw critically important lessons from music—often cryptically, and despite an ongoing and deleterious trope that portrays music as peripheral to American intellectual life. In staunch opposition to this trope, musicologist Jann Pasler has proposed that ‘music can serve as a critical tool, activating and developing multiple layers of awareness... I invite the reader to listen for music’s resonance in the world and, through music, to help us imagine our future.’ My talk makes common cause with Professor Pasler’s view, echoing philosopher Pierre Hadot’s understanding that ‘in philosophy, we are not dealing with the mere creation of a work of art: the goal is rather to transform ourselves.’”
Congratulations to Prof. Lewis!
We are proud to announce that Dr. Courtney Bryan (2014, DMA Music Composition) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University's Newcomb Department of Music beginning in Fall 2016, after she completes a second appointment as Postdoctorate Research Associate at Princeton University's Department of African-American Studies (2015-16). During this academic year, she will research the music of Alice Coltrane, write a commissioned piece for the ensemble, Duo Noire, and continue working on various compositions and performances. Congratulations, Dr. Bryan! http://www.courtneybryan.com