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

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory CD Release

Music Associate Andy Milne has released a new CD with Dapp Theory.  "Forward in All Directions" was released on 09/09/14 and is available worldwide. Produced by Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip and featuring guest performances from Ben Monder, Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato, the CD is the band's third release and chronicles its 15-year journey. The CD is already receiving positive response in the press:

"... spectacularly whelming on a first hearing - and then different spotlights illuminate the detail over time in an abundant journey of discovery."  -- AP Reviews

"Striking album... There's a very pleasing mix of toughness and lyricism in this recording, brought together by producer Jimmy Haslip. The writing brings beauty, emotion and narrative to more cerebral M-Base patterns in a very satisfying way." -- London Jazz

The group features Andy Milne on piano/keyboards, Aaron Kruziki on saxophone/clarinet, Chris Tordini on bass, John Moon with poetry, and Kenny Grohowski on drums.

For more information about Andy Milne's work and upcoming shows see his website.

MPP: 2014-15 Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles Announced

The Music Performance Program is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Audition Schedule for all Columbia undergraduate students. See below for information on auditioning and signing up for lessons, ensembles, and prizes.  

Jazz-Lesson and Ensembles

Directed by Professor Chris Washburne, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students jazz performance opportunities and private lessons.

The Jazz Performance Program Ensembles include the CU Big Band led by Don Sickler, Brazilian music with Adriano Santos, Ole Mathisen's Free Jazz ensemble, jazz vocal ensembles taught by Christine Correa, and intermediate to advanced-level combos led by various instructors. All ensembles perform at an intermediate level or higher and require some past jazz experience.

Auditions for the Jazz Performance Program are held in the Fall semester only. Be sure to sign up for a time slot ahead of time at 618 Dodge Hall. You must participate in a jazz ensemble in order to be considered for private lessons.  Do not register until you have received confirmation of placement.

ALL AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN 112 DODGE.

Instrumental-Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 from 11:00AM - 9:00 PM

Vocal-Friday, September 5th  2014 from 11:00AM - 2:00 PM 

Audition Requirements:

Instrumentalists: 

Prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions). Only one selection may be requested. You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading abilities.

Vocalists:

1.  Please prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).   You may be requested to sing only a brief excerpt of one selection, so plan accordion

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Appointed as Lecturer and Director of Music Performance!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska to our faculty.  Dr. Stern-Baczewska has been appointed as a Lecturer in Music and as the new Director of the Columbia Music Performance Program. 

Biography:  Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (pronounced BaCHEVska) joins the faculty of Columbia University as Director of the Music Performance Program. As an award-winning soloist and recording artist, she performs internationally. Her performances, hailed as "eloquent and technically flawless" (The Washington Post), have been broadcast on radio stations across America, including WQXR, NPR, Voice of America, and on European Radio and Television. This season's highlights include piano lecture-recitals on the music of Chopin's teachers, performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, harpsichord performances of Polish keyboard music from the time of Copernicus (1543) to Kosciuszko (1777), Bach's Triple Concerto BWV 1044 with the West Chester Baroque, concert of 17th-century Italian sonatas with the members of Dorian Baroque, among others.

Her CD "A Tribute to Glenn Gould" (2008) contains J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and R. Strauss' Sonata op. 5, the first and last piano works ever recorded by Gould. The three subsequent albums, "Music for Dreams" were released in collaboration with BlueSleep(r), a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders. She continues to create music for health and wellness as Artistic Director at BlueSleep Music.

Baczewska worked with the Columbia students in 2012, teaching Fundamentals of Western Music. She returns to Columbia having served on the faculty of the Mannes College New School for Music, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College Division, and the Concordia Conservatory. Every summer she joins the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and the New York Piano Festival. Her guest teaching appearances also include remote master classes using Yamaha Disklavier and the Remote Lesson technology. She is a published music critic, having written for the New York Concert Review. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture.

As an administrator, Magdalena brings her corporate experience to Columbia, having worked in the Artist Relations division of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America).

Music Majors Olivia Harris & Solomon Hoffman Perform & Arrange the National Anthem for Commencement!

On May 22, 2014, for the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, graduating Columbia College Music Major Olivia Harris, along with fellow students Taylor Harvey and Brittany Carroll-Watts, brilliantly performed a striking arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," arranged by Columbia graduating Music Major Solomon Hoffman. 

 

Enjoy the performance! 

 

Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan Awarded Princeton Postdoc!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates DMA alumna Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan, who has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Ms. Bryan recently defended her dissertation, which was advised by Prof. George Lewis. 

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:

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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