On April 7, Professor Zosha Di Castri's piece "Near Mute Force," a setting of an adapted text by Rivka Galchen, for two sopranos, viola, piano, and drumset, commissioned by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto, will be premiered in Dannthology, a concert featuring violist Steven Dann taking place in Toronto. Read the Toronto Star's write-up about the upcoming concert here.
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (faculty & director, Music Performance Program) recently visited Quest University in Squamish BC, upon an invitation from its current faculty member and Columbia graduate, Andrew Haringer (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2012). Baczewska presented a sold-out lecture recital 'Goldberg Variations in Context', an in-class lecture demonstration on Chopin and nationalism, and performed Schubert's Fantasie in F minor with Haringer in his seminar on Romanticism. Three days later Baczewska appeared at University of Connecticut's Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts, in a recital with violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, featuring Bartok's Roumanian Dances, Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata, and Sonata in A major by Franck. She is currently preparing for a performance of Toys, a piano work by Peter Susser (faculty & director of undergraduate musicianship).
Hearing is Believing
Musicianship and ear training at Columbia are the focus of a newly-mounted exhibition in the Music & Arts Library. On display are original student and faculty work, as well as textbooks, training manuals, and compositions from around the world that are used to enhance and inspire the musical imagination. Curated by Professor Peter M. Susser, DMA, Director of Undergraduate Musicianship at Columbia University, the exhibit will be on display in the Library through graduation 2016.
Courtney Bryan (DMA Composition 2014) will be participating in a number of performances this spring. More detailed information below -- if you're in the area, check these concerts out!
Friday, March 25, 10:30am/11:45am
Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer
I. "Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying" for solo piano and recorded sound
II. Courtney Bryan and Brandee Younger, originals and music of Alice Coltrane
The MET Breuer Lobby Gallery of The Metropolitan Museum of New York
Friday, March 25, 7:30pm
Counterpoint: Classical Music and Nina Simone
Courtney Bryan and Eun Lee
Online concert and discussion
Fundraiser for #SingHerName concert, see link:
Thursday, March 31, 8:00pm event (with 7:00pm reception)
HER (in honor of): a performance and discussion
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
HER (in honor of): a performance and discussion, co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton University Department of African American Studies and Princeton University Department of Music, will include a live performance byHER (in honor of) -- vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, harpist Brandee Younger, pianist Courtney Bryan, bassist Mimi Jones, and drummer Kimberly Thompson -- and a discussion with the musicians on the history of women in jazz and related contemporary issues, to be moderated by journalist, Rajul Punjabi.
Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 at 7:30pm/9:00pm
(Courtney will perform April 8 at 9:00pm, "A Presence" for solo piano and recorded sound)
Fromm Players at Harvard University
Creative Music Convergences, curated by Vijay Iyer
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Department of Music
Harvard University, Cambridge MA
FREE and OPEN TO ALL! No tickets required. First come, first seated.
Last week, Professor Georg Friedrich Haas' work was performed by JACK Quartet and the Talea Ensemble in an event for the Austrian Cultural Forum. The two concerts were part of an event entitled "American Immersion," held at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. The concert garnered multiple glowing reviews by MusicalAmerica's Daniel Stephen Johnson (whose review can be read here) and the New York Times' Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (whose review can be read here). Congratulations, Professor Haas!
Image: Soprano Tony Arnold with Talea Ensemble; copyright Richard Termine, NYT.
University Provost John Coatsworth and Professor Walter Frisch, who is teaching Music Humanities in Paris this semester, were among the guests at a reception on March 4 at the Musée d'Orsay for Columbia trustees, and for faculty, alumni, and staff of the Global Center at Reid Hall.
Daniel Lazour, a recent graduate of Columbia College who finished his degree in music this past December, is among the recipients of the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, administered by the Academy of Arts and Letters, for the musical We Live in Cairo, which he wrote with his brother, Patrick Lazour. We Live in Cairo "tells the story of six student revolutionaries coming of age in today's Middle East, who confront the past in their search for freedom. Young men and women, armed with laptops and cameras, guitars and spray paint cans, inspire millions to take to the streets of Cairo to overthrow their president, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak."
For more information, please see Playbill's announcement: http://www.playbill.com/article/hadestown-a-modern-day-twist-on-the-orph... Congratulations, Daniel!
Congratulations to Jenny Payne (BC 2016), a neuroscience and ethnomusicology major, for being awarded the prestigious Luce Scholarship! The Luce Scholars Program provides professional placement, in addition to language study and stipends, in Asia for American college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals. The program's goal is to "enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society." Jenny gave an interview to the Columbia Spectator, in which she outlines her personal and professional journey and goals: read it here.
Columbia Music Scholarship Conference (CMSC) 2016
The eleventh annual Columbia Music Scholarship Conference (CMSC) will be held at Columbia University on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
CMSC is a conference organized and staffed by the graduate students of the Department of Music at Columbia University.
Professor Alexander Rehding (Harvard University)
"Piano, Monochord, Siren: Studying Music 1999 – 1518 – 1834"
Full details at the conference website!
Congratulations to Vince Cherico, associate in jazz drums at Columbia's Music Performance Program for your amazing GRAMMY win! On February 8, 2015 at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, The Offense of the Drum, the fourth album from Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, won the GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Professor Ellie Hisama's 1993 paper "Postcolonialism on the make: the music of John Mellencamp, David Bowie and John Zorn" has been quoted in two recent articles on David Bowie (following Bowie's death on January 10 of this year):
"For Bowie, the Thin White Duke, inspiration was black" (Economic Times)
Ruth Tam, "How David Bowie's 'China Girl' used racism to fight racism" (Washington Post)
Matthew Morrison (Ph.D, Historical Musicology, 2014) has been appointed a tenure-track Assistant Professor, Recorded Sound in the Tisch School of the Arts (Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music) at New York University. Since 2014 he has been an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Institute. Congratulations Matthew! https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/directory/clive-davis-institute/918859097 Check out Matthew's website here: http://madmoimpresario.com/
Please mark your calendars for the Columbia Composers 2015-16 concert season:
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 8:00 PM: Electroacoustic works
at Prentis Hall (3rd floor), 632 W. 125th Street
Featuring works by MFA students Danielle Dobkin, Chatori Shimizu, Geronimo Mercado, and Frank Spigner, and DMA students Sam Yulsman, Ryan Pratt, and Martin Heindl, with special guests Carrie Frey (viola), Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone), William Cepeda (conch shell), Dana Malseptic (synthesizer), and Nathan Bellott (saxophone)
Friday, March 11th, 2016 at 8:00 PM: Ekmeles and Yarn/Wire
at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St
Featuring works by Christopher Trapani, Yair Klartag, Martin Heindl, Matthew Ricketts, Ashkan Behzadi, Bill Doughery, and Shih-Wei Lo
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 8:00 PM: Mivos Quartet and Loadbang
at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
Featuring works by Tyshawn Sorey, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Paul Clift, John Rot, Stylianos Dimou, Onur Yildirim, and Sam Yulsman
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 8:00 PM: Wet Ink (Large Ensemble and Band)
at St. Peter's Church, 346 W 20th St
Featuring works by David Bird, Sky Macklay, Ryan Pratt, Taylor Brook, Roberto Toscano, Alec Hall, and Nina C. Young
More information about the Columbia Composers' concerts can be found on their website.
Professor Zosha Di Castri and pianist Julia Den Boer have won the 2016 Yvar Mikhashoff Trust competition, whose goal is "to encourage the composition and performance of new works for solo piano reflecting and continuing the legacy of the distinguished American pianist, Yvar Mikhashoff" (http://www.mikhashofftrust.org/).
Professor Di Castri will be collaborating with Dr. Den Boer next year to write a new work for solo piano that will be premiered at the Banff Center for the Arts. Congratulations, Professor Di Castri!
The Department warmly congratulates Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa (Ethnomusicology), whose new book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia (Duke University Press, 2014) has been co-awarded the prestigious Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
The Merriam Prize recognizes "the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology" of the prior two year period.
The Department of Music joins the entire Columbia and Barnard community in mourning the tragic loss of Daniella Moffson, Olivia Erhardt, and Abigail Flanagan.
We offer our condolences to their friends and families.
Columbia Sounds: A New Concert Series at Columbia Global Centers | Paris
At Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Department of Music offers a new concert series featuring Department faculty, students, and alumni. Held at Reid Hall (4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris), the performances will be free of charge.
Columbiana, on February 15, 2016, at 7 pm, will present the cellist Anssi Karttunen and the violinist Marina Chiche. The program includes music of Edmund Campion, Tan Dun, Fred Lerdahl, Bryan Jacobs, Taylor Brook, Zosha Di Castri, Yoshiaki Onishi, Pablo Ortiz, Nina C. Young, Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, and Henri Dutilleux. Karttunen, widely praised as the most distinguished cellist performing new music today, has collaborated extensively with Columbia composers of several generations. After the concert, Karttunen will join Nina C. Young (Columbia DMA student and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome) in a conversation about the Creative Dialogue project that gave rise to several of the works on the program.
Ensemble Pamplemousse: This is the Uplifting Part, on March 15, 2016, at 7 pm, will feature the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse in a program of experimental new music by the collective’s members, including prominent Columbia DMA alumni Natacha Diels and Bryan Jacobs. Diels, now Assistant Professor of Composition at UC San Diego, founded the Ensemble in New York in 2003. Each of the Pamplemousse members specializes in a unique aspect of composition, from micro-detailed instrumental writing to experimental theatre with electronics to electro-mechanical musical robotics. Their performances combine weirdness and beauty with pop culture and classical virtuosity. After the concert, the musicians will discuss their work in conversation with Susan Boynton (Chair, Department of Music and organizer of the series).
Event Sponsors: Columbia Global Centers | Europe; Department of Music, Columbia University; Office of Global Programs, Columbia University; Alice M. Ditson Fund
The Department of Music joins millions of fans, friends, and colleagues around the world in mourning the passing of David Bowie.
Read Jon Pareles' obituary in The New York Times.