Jazz at Columbia

 
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There are many opportunities to study and perform Jazz at Columbia.  Below are some key online resources to learn more about Columbia's vibrant Jazz scene.

Student Jazz Programs

For information on the Jazz Concentration, Jazz in the Music Major and in Music Humanities, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, directed by Prof. Christopher Washburne.  

Jazz Studies Online Website
Digital resources for studying and teaching Jazz, maintained by Prof. John Szwed.

Music, charts, and study materials for students in Jazz courses. (Restricted content for logged in users only.)

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The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

 

 

 

 

 

The Center for Jazz Studies
An interdisciplinary research Center.  Prof. John Szwed, Director
http://www.jazz.columbia.edu


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Jazz News and Events

 

Jazz at Columbia -- News and Events

Columbia DMA Alums Wang Lu and Arthur Kampela Win Guggenheim Fellowships!

The Department of Music congratulates our DMA alumni Arthur Kampela and Wang Lu, each of whom has been awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship!

See here for further details:  http://www.gf.org/news-events/2014-Fellows-in-the-United-States-and-Canada/

Artist Websites:

Wang Lu: http://www.instantencore.com/wanglu

Arthur Kampela: http://www.kampela.com/
 

Biographies:

NEW SUMMER COURSE for 2014: Critical Approaches to Music Technologies (MUSI S3142, Summer 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Critical Approaches to Music Technologies
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI S3142
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Lucie Vagnerova

NEW SUMMER COURSE for 2014!

Course Title: Critical Approaches to Music Technologies
CU Directory Course Number:  MUSI S3142
Section: 001 Points/Credits:  3
Instructor:  Lucie Vagnerova (Summer Teaching Scholars Program, PhD Candidate in Historical Musicology)
Instructor Email: lv2252@columbia.edu
 

Course Description: Electronic and digital sound technologies have come to define many popular and avant-garde musical practices of the 20th and 21st centuries. How do technological histories factor into musical meaning? How do sound technologies shape musical discourse at large? Through guided listening and multidisciplinary readings, the course will trace the various ways sound-technological practices trouble classical musical concepts such as ownership, authorship, musical value, embodiment, performance, or virtuosity, and call for new constructs such as sound synthesis, liveness, mediation, or fair use. The course brings together the first music studios, World War II cryptography, synthesized voices, earbuds, Detroit Techno, karaoke, and Columbia's own Computer Music Center.

Open to all majors.

Position Announcement: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Director of Music Performance Program

The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to serve as Director of its Music Performance Program, beginning on July 1, 2014.

We seek candidates with artistic and intellectual accomplishments, with relevant teaching and administrative experience, and with broad interests in the musical disciplines. The appointee will manage the budget and recommend policies and priorities for the MPP, reporting directly to the Chair of the Department, and will work in consultation with the Department to frame and implement the activities of the Music Performance Program. The appointee's responsibilities will also include coordinating auditions, forming student chamber ensembles, assigning appropriate coaches to these ensembles, scheduling concerts, student recitals, and other performances, and overseeing the teaching of private lessons. In addition, the appointee will teach one course per term, usually in the Core Curriculum, to be determined in consultation with the Chair.

This is a full-time appointment with multi-year renewals contingent on successful reviews.

Through Columbia University's online system, please upload a letter of application (including a statement of teaching interests and experience), a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

For more information and to apply, please go to academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=59001

Review of applications will begin April 7, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Prof. Kevin Fellezs to give Woody Guthrie Distinguished Lecture at IASPM-US

Professor Kevin Fellezs will be giving the 2014 Woody Guthrie Distinguished Lecture at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IASPM-US) annual conference on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Fellezs's talk is titled "What Is This 'Black' In Japanese Popular Music? (Re)Imagining Race in a Transnational Polycultural Context," which focuses on his research of Black American musicians enjoying success in Japan in enka and J-Pop, two genres strongly associated with Japanese-ness, complicating conventional ideas linking identity, nationality, race, and genre.

Congratulations to Columbia DMA Composition Students!

Fall 2013 News and announcements from the Composition Program 

The Department of Music extends congratulations to DMA students from the Composition Program for their many accomplishments in Fall 2013!
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Yoshiaki Onishi

Yoshiaki Onishi's Gaudeamus-commissioned work "Tramespace, diptych for large ensemble, Part I" (2012~13) was performed by Asko|Schonberg Ensemble in September 2013 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

 

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Taylor Brook

 

Taylor Brook received an honorable mention from the Jules Leger prize for the second year in a row as well as MIVOS prize for El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan, a string quartet composed for a CC concert.

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Zosha Di Castri

 

Zosha di Castri's music received numerous performances.  This past September, there were three performances of "Lineage" by the San Francisco Symphony, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas.  "The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named", commissioned by Ekmeles, received its premiere with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts. She has received a commission for Esprit Orchestra for May 2014.  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Adams, will perform her "Lineage" in March 2014.

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Alec Hall

Alec Hall was elected for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal's "Generation 2014" project. The award consists of a workshop in Montreal this March, followed by a week in Banff in November, then an 8-city/concert cross-Canada tour.

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Ashkan Behzadi

 

Ashkan Behzadi received Second Prize in the SOCAN young composer competition for 2013. He also won the Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards for "Urban Trilogy" for chamber orchestra, the Fontainebleau Prix de Composition  for "Az hoosh mi.." for soprano and violin, and was named the winner of the APNM competition/call for scores for "Az hoosh mi.." for soprano and violin.

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Sky Macklay

 

Sky MacKlay's orchestra piece Dissolving Bands was awarded the Leo Kaplan Award, the top prize in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

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Bryan Jacobs

 

Bryan Jacobs' Dis Un Il Im Ir received Honorable Mention in the Conlon Music 2013 competition (Amsterdam). Le La en Le received First Prize in the Presque Rien 2013 competition (Paris).

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Christopher Trapani

 

Christopher Trapani was named the winner of the Third Jezek Prize in Composition, 2013.

 

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Courtney Bryan

 

Courtney Bryan's New Work for orchestra and recorded sound was commissioned by American Composers Orchestra Underground Ensemble, for a Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 2015-16 premiere. Walking with 'Trane, a collaboration, was commissioned by Urban Bush Women, New York, NY, for 2014 premiere. And New Work for String Quartet was commissioned by Spektral String Quartet for Mobile Miniatures Project, for a Chicago, IL, 2014 premiere.

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Nina C. Young

 

Nina C. Young's Remnants received the Audience Choice Award at the ACO's 2013 Underwood New Music Readings. Tanglewood Music Center has also commissioned new work from Ms. Young  for the 2014 TMC Brass Ensemble.

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Stylianos Dimou

 

 

Stylianos Dimou participated in the Royaumont Voix nouvelles composition course 2013, and the 5th Composers' Forum ['tactus 2013] with the Brussels Philharmonic; Mr. Dimou's L'allegorie de la caverne, for orchestra (2011-2012) was selected as the winning piece to be performed again by the Brussels Philharmonic in 2014.

CU Alum Matthew Sakakeeny Publishes "Roll With It: Brass Bands on the Streets of New Orleans"

The Department congratulates Prof. Matthew Sakakeeny (Tulane University, Columbia PhD in Ethnomusicology 2008) has just published Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans (with artwork by Willie Birch)

Roll With It, which began as Prof. Sakakeeny's doctoral dissertation in Ethnmusicology at Columbia (with support from the National Science Foundation), is a firsthand account of the precarious lives of musicians in the Rebirth, Soul Rebels, and Hot 8 brass bands of New Orleans. The gripping narrative moves with the band members from back street to backstage, before and after Hurricane Katrina, always in step with the tap of the snare drum, the thud of the bass drum, and the boom of the tuba.

Matthew Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist and journalist, New Orleans resident and musician. An Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University, he initially moved to New Orleans to work as a co-producer of the public radio program American Routes.

Read the introduction to Roll With It on Scribd.

Roll With It also features a supplementary website.

Published by Duke University Press in their "Refiguring American Music Series" in  2013

Prof. Kevin Fellezs Wins Provost's Diversity Grant!

The Department of Music congratulates Prof. Kevin Fellezs, who is one of 8 faculty members recognized under the Provost's Grant Program for "Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University." These awards, of up to $25,000 each, support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and curricular development projects.

Prof. Fellezs, who is jointly appointed in the Department of Music and in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and is affiliated with the Center for Jazz Studies, was awarded this grant for his project Sound Waves Across the Waters: The Polycultural Music of Japanese and American Smooth Jazz Artists.  

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