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Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music and the Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!

Melissa Gonzalez, Shannon Garland, and Marti Newland

UNDERGRADUATES

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephen Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)Toby King and Marti Newland
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zaynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
PHD 
Shannon Garland (Ethnomusicology)
Melissa Gonzalez (Ethnomusicology)
David Gutkin
Jonathan “Toby” King (Ethnomusicology)
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland  (Ethnomusicology)
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia “Zosha” di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi

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Niko Higgins Appointed Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College!

Niko Higgins

The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates our alumnus Dr. Nicholas (Niko) Higgins, (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2013), who has been appointed to a (renewable) Guest Faculty position at Sarah Lawrence College.

Dr. Higgins' PhD dissertation is entitled "Confusion in the Karnatic Capital: Fusion in Chennai, India."  It was advised by Prof. Christopher Washburne.  Dr. Higgins has previously taught at Columbia University and at The New School.

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Andrew Eisenberg Appointed Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi!

The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates 2009 Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD alumnus Dr. Andrew Eisenberg, who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at New York University's Abu Dhabi campus!


Andrew Eisenberg














Andrew J. Eisenberg is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi.  He was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Anthropology at Bard College in 2013-14, and at NYUAD in 2014-15. Between 2011 and 2013, he served as Postdoctoral Research Associate in charge of the Kenya portion of the ERC Music and Digitisation Programme, while also holding a junior research fellowship at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. He earned a PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2009, with a dissertation on vocal expression, emplacement and citizenship among marginalized Muslims of Kenya's 'Swahili coast'. A book based on his dissertation is slated for completion in 2014. Its working title is Sound and Citizenship: Voice, Place, and Belonging on Kenya's 'Swahili Coast'.
Andrew has published articles and chapters in the journal Africa, The New Encyclopedia of Africa (Scribner), Anthropology News, and the volume Music, Sound and Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience (ed. Georgina Born, Cambridge University Press). He is currently writing three articles for the Music and Digitisation Project. Based on a year of fieldwork in Nairobi, they examine how Kenya's music recording industry has been, and continues to be, transformed by the digital revolution, the liberalisation of mass media and telecommunications, and intellectual property rights reform.

Andrew has previously held visiting posts at Northwestern University and Stony Brook University, where he has taught courses in African and African American music, and ethnomusicological theory and method

Dr. Nili Belkind Appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Illinois!

Dr. Nili Belkind

The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates Dr. Nili Belkind, a 2014 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Program, who has been awarded a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Belkind's Columbia dissertation is entitled Music in conflict: Palestine, Israel, and the politics of aesthetic production.  It was sponsored (advised) by Prof. Christopher Washburne.   The dissertation is an ethnographic study of the fraught and complicated cultural politics of music making in Israel-Palestine in the context of the post-Oslo era, a time of highly polarized sentiments and general retreat from the expressive modes of relationality that accompanied the 1990s peace process. In it, she examines the politics of sound and the ways in which music making and attached discourses reflect and constitute identities, and also, contextualize political action. Ethical and aesthetic positions that shape contemporary artistic production in Israel-Palestine are informed by profound imbalances of power between the State (Israel), the stateless (Palestinians of the oPt), the complex positioning of Israel’s Palestinian minority, and contingent exposure to ongoing political violence.

Congratulations Nili!

Film Screening: Celebrating Tagore & Ray (Thurs 4/23, 8pm, FREE!)

Event Start: 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

The Center for Ethnomusicology's Ethnographic Film Series Presents:
"Celebrating Tagore & Ray" -- A Screening of two films by Satyajit Ray.
Thursday, April 23
8PM
Center for Ethnomusicology (701C Dodge Hall)
Columbia University Morningside Campus
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Alessandra Ciucci appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Prof. Alessandra Ciucci
Alessandra Ciucci will join the Department of Music as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology on July 1, 2015.

Alessandra Ciucci received her PhD in music (Ethnomusicology) from The City University of New York at The Graduate Center. She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at Columbia in 2008-10, and is also an undergraduate alumna of the Department of Music at Columbia with a BA from Columbia's School of General Studies.

Workshop with Prof. Georgina Born: "Retheorizing the Social; Rethinking the Genre" (4/1, 4-7pm)

Event Start: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents a Workshop with:


Prof. Georgina Born (University of Oxford)

"Retheorizing the Social; Rethinking the Genre"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
4-7pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

Free and open to the public.







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Ancient Soundscapes Reborn: Japanese Gagaku and Hogaku Concert (Miller Theater, 3/29, 4pm)

Event Start: 
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Miller Theater (116th St. and Broadway)

Come Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of
Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage

ANCIENT SOUNDSCAPES REBORN

Sacred Court Music (Gagaku)
and
Secular Art Music (Hogaku)

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
(116th Street & Broadway)

The concert is free and open to the public,
but please register online from our web site,
www.medievaljapanesestudies.org

Full Program (pdf)


Part I: Treasuring the Past and Enriching the Present

Hyojo no netori
(Prelude Mode)
Etenraku
(Music of the Divine Heavens)

Kashin
(Glorious Days)

Rokunshi
(Celebrating a Rebirth Milestone)

Ichikotsucho no netori
(Prelude Mode)
Karyobin no kyu
(Birds from Paradise - Finale)


Part II: Transforming the Future for Japanese Heritage Instruments

John Kaizan Neptune
Five and Thirteen are Prime Numbers for koto and shakuhachi (1983)

John Cage
Ryoanji for hichiriki and percussion (1983)

Takeshi Sasamoto
Yaha for Shosoin shakuhachi (2014)

Toshi Ichiyanagi
Transfiguration of the Moon for sho and violin (1988)


Featuring renowned Japanese Gagaku musicians and New York-based early Japanese instrumentalists, with the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble

Performing Artists: Bronwen Kar Cheung Chan, Masayo Ishigure, Joshua Mailman, Mayumi Miura,  Hitomi Nakamura, Thomas Piercy, Takeshi Sasamoto, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Sean Statser, Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York

Film Screening: Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (4/2 8pm)

Event Start: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology), Columbia Morningside Campus
The Center for Ethnomusicology's 2015 Ethnographic Film Series invite you to a screening of:

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975


Thursday, April 2,  8 PM
701C Dodge Hall.
Refreshments to be served.
Free and open to the public!

About the Film: During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60s and 70s, Swedish Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, the SNCC's Stokely Carmichael, and Black Panthers founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.  Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. Director Goran Hugo Olsson presents this mixtape, highlighting the key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the American media at the time.  Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Abiodun Oyewole, John Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the many important voices providing narration and commentary, adding modern perspective to this essential time capsule of African-American history.





















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"BEYONCE: Feminist Discourse in the Visual Album." (Screening and Discussion at IRWaGS, 4/24 5-7pm)

Event Start: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: 
754 SCHERMERHORN EXTENSION
The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Barnard College Ethnomusicology Major Jenny Payne present "BEYONCE: Feminist Discourse in the Visual Album."  
A screening of Beyonce's "visual album" will be followed by open discussion.  Please come!
Friday April 24 2015
5PM-7PM
754 SCHERMERHORN EXTENSION

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