Columbia Sounds

Columbia Sounds is a concert series presented by the Department of Music and the Columbia Global Centers | Paris with the support of the Columbia University Club of France and Columbia University Undergraduate Programs in Paris. The concerts feature compositions and performance by faculty, students, and alumni of the Department of Music, with an emphasis on new and recent American music. The performances, held at Reid Hall (4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris), are free of charge.

2018-19 Season

September 26, 2018: Speaking Pianist: Stéphane Ginsburgh plays works by Frederic Rzewski, Alec Hall, Michael Pisaro, Ann Cleare, and Bryan Jacobs

October 4, 2018: Works by Gérard Grisey, Zosha Di Castri, and Georg Friedrich Haas performed by the Talea Ensemble

December 3: The Music of Betsy Jolas with Anssi Kartunen, 'cello and Nicolas Hodges, piano

March 19, 2019 Urban Inventory: Music by Wang Lu, with Ensemble Recherche

May 21, 2019: Keith Moore: Time and Again, a new multimedia work of musical fusion

May 29, 2019: Music of Zosha Di Castri performed by Ensemble Cairn

All concerts begin at 8:00 pm. 

The Columbia Sounds 2018-19 season is supported by the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music.

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Performers

 

Marilyn Nonken

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Marilyn Nonken is an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at NYU Steinhardt.  She is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation, known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. Upon her 1993 New York debut, she was heralded as "a determined protector of important music" (New York Times).

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Matthew Goodheart

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music (2015–17)

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Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound artist who completed a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist, he has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener.

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Anssi Karttunen

cellist

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Anssi Karttunen is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 160 world premieres of works by composers as diverse as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Rolf Wallin, Luca Francesconi and Tan Dun. 

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Nicolas Hodges

piano

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An active repertoire that encompasses such composers as Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Debussy, Schubert and Stravinsky reinforces pianist Nicolas Hodges’ special prowess in contemporary music. As Tempo magazine has written: “Hodges is a refreshing artist; he plays the classics as if they were written yesterday, and what was written yesterday as if it were already a classic.”

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Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

Director of Music Performance Program/Lecturer in Music

Magdalena Baczewska's Website

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska [baCHEVska] joined Columbia University's full-time faculty as Director of the Music Performance Program in 2014. Born in Poland to a family of musicians, Baczewska has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a pianist, harpsichordist, educator, recording artist, and an administrator. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, China National Symphony, and Macao Symphony, among others.

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Julia Den Boer

Julia Den Boer's website

French-American pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York city, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho.

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Composers

The Columbia Sounds concert series features performances of works by Columbia-affiliated composers alongside other contemporary works and music from the classical canon. Composers from the Columbia community whose works have been featured are listed below:


 

Alec Hall

www.alechall.info

Alec Hall completed his doctorate in composition in 2016. He also holds an MA in composition from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.M in composition and violin performance from McGill University. 

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Bryan Jacobs

The works of composer/guitarist Bryan Jacobs have been performed in the US and internationally by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Wet Ink Ensemble, Meitar Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Talea Ensemble, the pianist Xenia Pestova and more. He has received awards and commissions from La Muse en Circuit, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Bourges International Electroacoustic Music competition, MATA, Centre for Computational Musicology and Computer Music, and RTÉ Lyric FM, and his work is available on a recording put out by La Muse en Circuit.

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Zosha Di Castri

Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Composition

Zosha Di Castri's website

Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. She was appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia in 2014, after completing her DMA in the Department.  Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music, including projects with electronics, installations, and collaborations with video and dance. Her latest work, Serafiniana, for solo amplified violin, amplified harp, orchestra, and electronics was premiered in Toronto by Esprit Orchestra in May.

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Georg Friedrich Haas

Professor of Music, Composition

Georg Friedrich Haas joined Columbia University’s composition faculty as a full-time tenured professor in September 2013. This appointment promises to sustain and enhance our composition program’s reputation as one of the strongest, most progressive, and most international such programs in the United States.

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Wang Lu

Alumna (DMA 2012)

Wang Lu is Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at Brown University.

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Keith Moore

Keith Moore uses the fields of acoustics and psychoacoustics to compose expressive and conceptually rich works that compel listeners to consider the beauty and breadth of perception itself. 

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Fred Lerdahl

Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition

Fred Lerdahl studied at Lawrence University, Princeton, and Tanglewood. He has taught at UC/Berkeley, Harvard, and Michigan, and since 1991 he has been Fritz Reiner Professor of Music at Columbia University.

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George E. Lewis

Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music

New Music Box: George E. Lewis—The Story’s Being Told

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Ashkan Behzadi

DMA Student in Composition

Ashkan Behzadi (b.1983) is an Iranian composer residing in New York City. He is a graduate of McGill University in composition and music theory. Prior to this he also earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Tehran University. He has studied compositions with Alireza Mashayekhi, Chris Paul Harman, Brian Cherney, Philippe Leroux, Fred Lerdahl, George Lewis and Georg Friedrich Haas.

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Anthony Cheung

Anthony Cheung is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Chicago. 

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Matthew Ricketts

Core Lecturer, Music Humanities

Matthew Ricketts (b. 1986) is a Canadian composer based in NYC. He earned his undergraduate degree at McGill University's Schulich School of Music (Honours Composition, Theory), studying with Chris Paul Harman, Brian Cherney and John Rea. In 2017, he completed his DMA in Composition at Columbia, where he studied with George Lewis and Fred Lerdahl. He is a Core Lecturer in Music Humanities at Columbia.

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Alexander Mincek

Alex Mincek is a New York-based composer and performer. He studied composition with Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University (DMA) and with Nils Vigeland at the Manhattan School of Music (MA). He is currently the saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a group dedicated to contemporary music, which he founded in 1998.

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Natacha Diels

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Natacha Diels (DMA, Composition, 2016) is Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego. Her work combines ritual, improvisation, traditional instrumental technique, and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease.

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Matthew Goodheart

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music (2015–17)

Official Website

Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound artist who completed a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist, he has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener.

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Christopher Trapani

Christopher Trapani's website

A composer with a genuine international trajectory, Christopher Trapani maintains an active career in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Continental Europe. Commissions have come from the BBC, the JACK Quartet, and Radio France, and his works have been recently heard at Carnegie Hall, the Southbank Centre, IRCAM, and Wigmore Hall.

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Tristan Murail

Professor of Music, Emeritus

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Tristan Murail came to Columbia in 1997, having previously been professor of computer music at the Paris Conservatoire, and professor of composition at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris, where he was also consultant to the computer-assisted composition research team, and worked on the development of the program "Patchwork." His studies included Economics; Classic and North-African Arabic; Political Sciences; composition with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire; and computer music at IRCAM.

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George E. Lewis

Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music

New Music Box: George E. Lewis—The Story’s Being Told

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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