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Dale Cockrell: Blood on Fire: Sex and Music in America, 1840-1917 (May 2, 3pm)

Event Start: 
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 3:00pm
622 Dodge Hall (CU Morningside Campus)

The Department of Music and the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University Present: 

Blood on Fire:  Sex and Music in America, 1840-1917

A talk by:
Prof. Dale Cockrell (Director, Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University; Professor of Musicology Emeritus, Vanderbilt University; Research Associate, University of the Free State, South Africa)

Friday, May 2, 2014
622 Dodge Hall (CU Morningside Campus)
Free and Open to the Public

Abstract: Prostitution in the United States between 1840-1917 was big business. Walt Whitman’s “plain truth” assertion was only a mild exaggeration when he claimed that “nineteen out of twenty of the mass of American young men, who live in or visit the great cities, are more or less familiar with houses of prostitution and are customers to them.”  Tens of thousands of brothels, concert saloons, and dance halls across the nation—all common sites for prostitution—featured regular, full-time professional music-making for dancing, and thus provided a well-paid livelihood for working musicians.  Indeed, a statistical analysis suggests that a third to half of all professional performing musicians during the period were directly employed full-time in the service of prostitution.  Evidence of that music-making indicates that an energetic “noisy” dance music was developed specifically to stimulate eroticized male bodies, and hence to stimulate profits for the houses.  This project thus explores the nexus between prostitution, music-making, dance, sexuality, blackface minstrelsy, the underground cultural economy, and the development of musical foundations upon which an extraordinarily vital twentieth-century American popular music was built.

About the speaker: Dale Cockrell is the Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, Professor of Musicology Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, and a Research Associate of the University of the Free State (South Africa).  He is widely published in the field of American music studies, including The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook (2011), Vol. 22 in the Music of the United States of America series; Demons of Disorder:  Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World (1997), which won the C. Hugh Holman Award; Excelsior:  Journals of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1846 (1989), recipient of the Irving Lowens Award; ten other books and editions; and more than seventy scholarly articles.  He is a former President of the Society for American Music, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2010, an elected Member of the American Antiquarian Society, and the Founder and President of  The Pa’s Fiddle Project, an educational, scholarly, and musical program dedicated to recording the music of the Little House books and reconnecting the nation’s children with the rich music legacies embedded in them.

Book Release Event for Prof. Lila Ellen Gray's "Fado Resounding" at Book Culture (4/9, 7pm)

Event Start: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
Prof. Lila Ellen Gray presents her new book, Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (Duke Univ. Press) at Book Culture

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Free and Open to the Public
@ Book Culture
536 W 112th St., NYC (Btwn. Broadway and Amsterdam Aves.)
(212) 865-1588

Prof. Ellen Gray at "Raising the Bar": "Listening in Lisbon's Fado Bars" (4/29, 8:30pm)

Event Start: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 8:30pm
The Duplex 61 Christopher Street Manhattan, NY

Prof. Lila Ellen Gray on "Listening in Lisbon's Fado Bars" 

Part of the "Raising the Bar" event (details here):

(tickets must be reserved online)

April 29, 2014 
8:30 pm 
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street
Manhattan, NY 10014, USA

Read the feature story on "Raising the Bar" events in The Guardian.


Prof. Gray will also be present for a special book release event for Fado Resounding at Book Culture, April 9th at 7PM.

Cacá Machado: "Music, History and Literature in the Work of Ernesto Nazareth" (3/24, 5:30PM)

Event Start: 
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 5:30pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus, 116th and Broadway)

The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents:

Music, history and literature in the work of Ernesto Nazareth

a talk by

Prof. Cacá Machado (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014
Time: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Place: Center for Ethnomusicology,  Dodge Hall 701C, 
Columbia University Morningside Campus (Broadway and 116th St.)
Sponsored by: Center for Ethnomusicology
Center for Ethnomusicology events are always free and open to the public!

Speaker Biography:
Cacá Machado is a musician and historian from the University of São Paulo, where he is also a visiting professor. He is author of O enigma do homem célebre: ambição e vocação de Ernesto Nazareth (Instituto Moreira Salles, 2007),  (The enigma of the famous man: ambition and vocation of Ernesto Nazareth), Tom Jobim (publifolha, 2008) and Todo Nazareth: obras completas (6 volumes, Água-forte, 2011) (All Nazareth, Complete Works). Recently he also released his latest CD eslavosamba (YB Music/Circus, 2013) with the participation of several noted musicians from Brazil.

Prof. Samuel Araújo: Reengaging Research Praxis in the Real World (3/28, 11AM)

Event Start: 
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:00am
701C Dodge Hall, The Center for Ethnomusicology (Columbia Morningside Campus, 116th & Broadway)

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The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents:

Reengaging Research Praxis in the Real World: Politico-Epistemological Dimensions of Intercultural Dialogue in the Ethnography of Music-Making

Prof. Samuel Araújo 
(Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tinker VIsiting Professsor at The University of Chicago, Spring 2014)

Friday, March 28
11.00 am - 1.00 pm
Center for Ethnomusicology, Dodge Hall 701C

Center for Ethnomusicology events are always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

ABSTRACT:  Among other key issues in many post-industrial metropolitan areas today are the tight perspectives for inclusion of increasing numbers of their youth population in the formal job market, tending to render lasting if not permanent a situation previously had as transitory, i.e. to remain in what Marx termed the reserve labor army. Not sharing the values of older generations forged under the supremacy of industrial work ethics, these new contingents of urban subjects frequently lack identification with, and not rarely rage against older ideals of edifying musical heritages and identity markers, leading to the adoption of internationalized forms (e.g., funk, rap, graffiti), defying established artistic and cultural canons, which expose the signs of degradation of social life, as well as policies of isolation and extermination of the poor. Based on both his academic experience with participatory action-research on the favela soundscapes of Rio de Janeiro and as a public sector cultural administrator, the author will explore these challenges, highlighting a number of new demands this social equation poses to both academics and policy makers.    


SPEAKER BIO: Prof. Samuel Araújo coordinates the Ethnomusicology Laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago for the Spring of 2014. He has published several articles and book chapters, besides editing three collective volumes, in Brazil and abroad on music, politics, cultural policy and violence, as well as on action-research projects in collaboration with organizations based in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.  

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Indian Music Week! Yogi Trivedi on Some Principles of Hindustani Music

The ARChive of Contemporary Music&The Center for Ethnomusicology
at Columbia University present:

Some Principles of Hindustani Music
A lecture by:
Yogi Trivedi
(Dept. of Religion, Columbia University)

In celebration of India Music Week 2013!

This lecture was delivered to the Columbia University course:  Music V3321y "Musics of South&West Asia"

For more on India Music Week see:

Lecture text Copyright and All Rights Reserved by Y. Trivedi 2013

Yogi Trivedi is a doctoral student in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and the Teaching Assistant for the course "Musics of South and West Asia," in Columbia's Music Department for Fall 2013.  

Yogi is a trained Hindustani classical, devotional, and folk singer.  He has performed at various venues around the world, including the Continental Airlines Arena, Carnegie Hall, and Alexander Palace.

His research focuses on the expressions of Bhakti or the devotional strand of Hinduism through music in Early Modern Gujarat, India.  He works primarily with the bhakti-poetry of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. His background as a broadcast journalist also allows him to assist in teaching courses at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Pop Music and Digitization: Philippe Le Guern and Emanuelle Olivier -- April 19, 12-3PM

Event Start: 
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus
The Center for Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series presents:

Pop Music and Digitization

Emmanuelle Olivier
Philippe Le Guern

April 19, 2013
Center for Ethnomusicology
701C Dodge Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Islamic Pop Music in Mali: Constructing a Local Modernity
Emmanuelle Olivier
National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Centre of Research of Arts and Langage (CRAL, CNRS-EHESS), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France
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Conference Announcement: Thinking Music and Sound in Latin America and the Caribbean (Feb. 7-9, 2013)

Event Start: 
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 8:00pm - Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 11:00pm
Room 1512, International Affairs Building 420 West 118th Street (Concerts at Diana Center and Thalia Theater)

Thinking Music and Sound in Latin America and the Caribbean

A conference organized by The Center for Ethnomusicology and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Institute of Latin American Studies 

Keynote addresses by:
Mesías Maiguashca (Independent composer, Ecuador&Germany)
Ticio Escobar (Centro de Arts Visual, Museo del Barro, Paraguay)

Inaugural Concert (February 7, 8:00 pm) 
Marcelo Peralta, Saxophone and Marcelo Peralta Trio

Glicker-Milstein Theatre
LL2 Diana Center, Barnard College
3009 Broadway

Conference:  February 8 and 9,  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Room 1512, International Affairs Building  (IAB)
420 West 118th Street, 15th Floor

Closing Concert (
February 9, 7.30 pm)
Lucía Pulido
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

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Conference Program

Lucia Pulido Concert Poster
Marcel Peralta Poster

"Montana's Blackfeet Troubadour" Jack Gladstone Performs Tuesday 11/27, 6-8PM

Event Start: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:00pm - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 8:00pm
112 Dodge Hall, Enter from College Walk (2d door on left after you go through 116th and Broadway Gate to Columbia University)

The Center for Ethnomusicology's "Native Sounds North& South" Series and "Music in Contemporary Native America" (MUSI V2021) are proud to present an early evening performance by Native American Singer/Songwriter:

"Montana's Blackfeet Troubadour"

TUESDAY November 27, 2012
112 Dodge Hall
(Enter from College Walk, 116th and Broadway entrance to Columbia Morningside Campus)
Admission is Free and Open to the Public, Children Welcome.

Facebook event page . . . seating is limited, so confirm attendance here if possible.

Jack Gladstone is a Native "PoetSinger" and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian mythology and history. In a career spanning three decades, Jack has produced fifteen critically acclaimed CD’s. In 1985, Jack co-founded "Native America Speaks", an award-winning lecture series for Glacier National Park.

A former college instructor, Jack has been featured on both the Travel Channel and in USA Today magazine. Honored as a modern day warrior and bridge builder, he holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University. Since 1997, Jack Gladstone has collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Grammy winning producer of the Dixie Chicks. He was also a key tribal voice providing alternate perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the recent bicentennial commemoration. In 2004, Jack narrated the Telly award winning Lewis and Clark film Confluence of Time and Courage.

Colloquium: "When Puff, the Magic Dragon became a Smoking Uktena" - Sara Snyder and Nannie Taylor (Cherokee) 11/30/12 3PM

Event Start: 
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
The Center for Ethnomusicology's "Indigenous Music Today" Speaker Series Proudly Presents a Colloquium:

When Puff, the Magic Dragon became a Smoking Uktena: Text-setting&Translating Songs for Cherokee Language Revitalization

Sara L. Snyder (PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University)
Nannie Taylor (Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation)

Friday November 30, 2012
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and Open to the Public
Reception to Follow Presentation

Ms. Taylor and Ms. Snyder will discuss their collaborative work developing Cherokee-language versions of popular cultural texts for immersion education.
Sara L. Snyder (B.Mus UNC-Chapel Hill, M.Phil Columbia University), is a PhD. candidate in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. Her dissertation project is titled Sovereign Voices: Poetics, Performance, and the Politics of Expression in Eastern Cherokee Language Revitalization. Sara has worked with the Eastern Band of Cherokees for three years and is currently the music teacher for New Kituwah Academy, the tribal-operated language immersion academy for preschool and elementary children. She is responsible for developing and translating a culturally appropriate music curriculum that meets NC state standards, while also developing a collection of interesting, age-appropriate Cherokee-language songs for students. This position allows Sara to be an “observant participant” and activist for the Cherokee language. Sara’s work is based on the premise that ethnographic research with a Native community should be a sustained collaborative process, where the “research” produces knowledge, products, and services that have practical value to that community. Sara’s collaborative projects and her position as music instructor demand a practical knowledge of music education, singing, linguistics, Cherokee culture, and music production. By necessity, her research cuts across the disciplines of Ethnomusicology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Music Education, ever mindful that the production of knowledge is inherently intersubjective and imbedded in the social politics of everyday life.
Nannie Taylor Hornbuckle was born in 1961 on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee, NC) to a family of six brothers and four sisters. She grew up speaking the Cherokee language in her home and continues to speak Cherokee with her family. Nannie’s father used to sing Cherokee hymns such as “Wayfaring Stranger,” while her mother would perform songs from the Cherokee hymnbook with other women from the community. Nannie attended school on the reservation, and was told not to speak her language in school until the eighth grade, when a Cherokee language program was established in the school system. There were so many students that they asked Nannie to assist in teaching her peers their native language, which is also when she learned to read and write using the Cherokee syllabary.
Nannie began writing children’s songs in her native language back in the 1990’s for her own children but did not share with them at that time. Eventually a teacher from the Cherokee school system approached her and asked if she could write children’s songs for the students. Nannie composed many songs for that program, though most are currently unavailable due to the intellectual property restrictions of that contract. Several years ago, Nannie was approached by Gilliam Jackson, an administrator for the Cherokee language immersion academy, then in its infancy. Jackson asked her to compose songs for the children in the program, who were very young at that time. Nannie came home that day and asked the creator to give her inspiration. The same evening she awoke at 2AM, and the words came to her; by dawn she had written six songs. Soon thereafter, Nannie, accompanied by her brother on the guitar, recorded a CD of her children’s songs, including translations of songs such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and “Lou Lou Skip to My Lou.” Nannie’s songs are often structured to aid students in learning Cherokee grammatical concepts.
Nannie Taylor began collaborating with Sara Snyder in 2010, with a focus on translating popular songs, Christmas songs, and public domain children’s songs. Nannie and Sara found their skills to be synergistic and they share an appreciation for sparser text settings than those of many songs translated from English to Cherokee. Through their efforts, Nannie and Sara provide fun songs for the immersion students that they intend to provide an alternative to the English-language popular music students enjoy outside of school. Currently, Nannie and Sara have several projects on the horizon. They are creating completely original educational songs using vocabulary and topics from the immersion school curricula. They will also be working on a Cherokee language play and music for the immersion school’s Christmas program. Additionally, there are plans for a Cherokee dub of the animated classic Charlotte’s Web, which will feature song translations by Nannie and Sara.
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