MacDowell Professor of Music (Emeritus), passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at the age of 88.
The Columbia musical community expresses our profound sadness at his passing, and deep gratitude for his many contributions to Columbia, and to music in general.
is a student-run organization supporting the creation and performance of new works by graduate students enrolled in Columbia University’s graduate program in Composition.
is a student-run organization supporting the creation and performance of new works by graduate students enrolled in Columbia University’s graduate program in Composition. Each year we organize four or five concerts in various venues throughout New York City, attracting a mix of student and outside attendees thereby broadening the visibility of the our composers both individually and collectively. We have collaborated with such ensembles as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), JACK quartet, Yarn/Wire, and many New York freelance musicians. Our activities are made possible by the generous support of the Alice M. Ditson and Fritz Reiner Funds. For more information and updates on our programming, please join our mailing list at http://www.columbiacomposers.org
The course explores the politics of desire through three main contrastive and complementary arenas: the politics of desire as mediated by the state; the politics of desire as mediated by music and, the politics of desire as mediated by literature and film. The course will be simultaneously announced at NYU, CUNY and Columbia, programmed at the same time in all campuses. Four classes will be taught in each of the campuses. All professors are present at all lectures and contribute to all lectures. Students register through their home institution. READING SPANISH IS REQUIRED. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.
The role of timbre, or tone color, in music of the last century combined with an introduction to recent computer tools for composition, analysis, and performance. Through close listening, we will examine 20th century composers' approaches to complex sounds, including Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, Varese, Stockhausen, Grisey, Lachenmann and Leroux, as well as examples from popular and non-Western musics. Listening will be accompanied by writings on and by composers as well as background from the literature on music perception.
Computer programs including AudioSculpt, OpenMusic, and Max/MSP will be used for lectures and exercises. Students are invited to apply the concepts explored in the course to their own fields of expertise in a final project and presentation.
Columbia composition DMA student Courtney Bryan has released a new CD entitled This Little Light of Mine.
The recording includes tracks such as "Steal Away" and "I Surrender All." Sample tracks order the CD through CDBaby.
George Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, an Alpert Award in the Arts in 1999, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work as composer, improvisor, performer and interpreter explores electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works, and notated and improvisative forms, and is documented on more than 140 recordings.
His oral history is archived in Yale University’s collection of “Major Figures in American Music,” and his compositions and installations have been presented by the American Composers Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, Wet Ink, the Turning Point Ensemble, Ensemble Erik Satie, Works and Process, the S.E.M. Ensemble, the NOW Orchestra, Deutschlandradio Kultur Berlin, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and others, with commissions from the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, OPUS (Paris), IRCAM, Musee des Sciences et des Industries La Villette, Harvestworks, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others. His widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) is a recipient of the 2009 American Book Award. Most recently, Lewis was selected by United States Artists as a 2011 USA Walker Fellow.
Professor Lewis came to Columbia in 2004, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego, Mills College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Simon Fraser University's Contemporary Arts Summer Institute. He has served as music curator for the Kitchen in New York, and has collaborated in the "Interarts Inquiry" and "Integrative Studies Roundtable" at the Center for Black Music Research (Chicago).
Lewis has worked closely with film/video artists Stan Douglas and Don Ritter, as well as with contemporary musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Anthony Davis, Bertram Turetzky, Count Basie, David Behrman, David Murray, Derek Bailey, Douglas Ewart, Evan Parker, Fred Anderson, Frederic Rzewski, Gil Evans, Han Bennink, Irene Schweizer, J.D. Parran, James Newton, Joel Ryan, Joelle Leandre, John Zorn, Leroy Jenkins, Michel Portal, Misha Mengelberg, Miya Masaoka, Muhal Richard Abrams, Richard Teitelbaum, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Steve Lacy and Wadada Leo Smith. His oral history is archived in Yale University’s collection of “Major Figures in American Music."