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Nicola Scaldaferri (Univ. of Milano): The Ethnomusicologist & his Zampogna (Thurs. Dec 1, 4PM)

Event Start: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents a Talk By:

Prof. Nicola Scaldaferri
(University of Milano, Italy)

The Ethnomusicologist and his Zampogna. Collaborative Research in Basilicata (Southern Italy)

Thursday Dec. 1, 2016
701C Dodge Hall
Free and Open to the Public 
Reception to Follow

The presentation discusses the author's experience in the field as a bagpipes player (the instrument is the Italian zampogna, a double chanter instrumentin his home region, in Basilicata, in Southern Italyespecially during festivals and religious rituals; and more recently, also in other contexts, as a way of building a common ground with local musiciansA particular focus will be on the festival Maggio di Accettura, the object of a collaborative research done in team, with Steven Feld and photographs Stefano Vaja and Lorenzo Ferrarini. It will be introduced by a description of the instruments and musical repertory.

Nicola Scaldaferri is associate professor at the University of Milan, where is the director of the LEAV (Laboratory of Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology). He received his PhD in Musicology at the University of Bologna, the degree in Composition at the Conservatory of Parma; he was Fulbright scholar at Harvard University, and visiting professor at St. Peterburg State University. His interests include 20th century music and technology, Balkan epics, Italian folk music, instruments from Western AfricaAs performer he plays zampogne and other Italian folk instruments.

Prof. Alessandra Ciucci: "Performing Rurality: Music and Migration across the Mediterranean" (University Seminar in Arabic Studi

Event Start: 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Faculty House, Columbia University
University Seminars at Columbia University

"Performing Rurality: Music and Migration across the Mediterranean (Morocco-Italy)"

Speaker: Alessandra Ciucci
Columbia University, Department of Music

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Faculty House, 7-8 pm

Alessandra Ciucci is currently Assistant Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Columbia University. She received her PhD in music (ethnomusicology) from The City University of New York at The Graduate Center. Her research interests include: the music of Morocco, North Africa, the Mediterranean, music and gender, sung poetry, and music and migration. Her articles appear in Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Mondi Migranti, Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, in the Sage Encyclopaedia of Ethnomusicology, and in several edited volumes. Ciucci has been a recipient of a Fulbright foreign scholarship grant (Morocco), a fellowship from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women, a grant from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies Grant, and a Junior faculty summer research grant for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Ciucci was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Music Department at Columbia 2008-10.

Professor Ciucci will discuss the sound of a specific notion of the rural (l-‘ǝrubiya) which, through contemporary migration, travels from central Morocco across the Mediterranean to Italy. She ethnographically explores how the sound of such a notion of the rural—as a site of aesthetic behaviors, performative acts, and signifying practices—resonates across borders through ‘abidat rma—a musico-poetic genre performed at private and public celebrations and circulated through cassettes, CDs, DVDs, MP3s, and the Internet in Morocco and abroad. She argues that ‘abidat rma challenges a sonic construction of the Mediterranean which has privileged a Eurocentric mode of listening, rather than that experienced by moving and migrating bodies. To this end, Ciucci explores how Moroccan men from the central regions of Morocco, engaged in the experience and in the imagination of migration across the Mediterranean to Italy, disrupt a seamless narrative of the Mediterranean through the performance of a specific and intimate sense of the rural in sound. She examines how the poetic language, gesture, and sound of ‘abidat rma are imbued with locality, how this sung poetry gives voice to conflicts of transformation, and how it articulates the affective and sonic lives of generations of male Moroccan migrants at a transnational level.

The talk will begin at 7:00 pm. For more information or to register for the pre-talk dinner, write the seminar's rapporteur Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah ( no later than Thursday, September 29, 2016.  

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Els Lagrou -- Cashinahua Song-Images: Reflections on an Amerindan Relational Aesthetics (Thurs April 28, 5pm)

Event Start: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 5:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Spring 2016 Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series Presents: 

Cashinahua Song-Images: Reflections on an Amerindan Relational Aesthetics

Els Lagrou  

(Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology, CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) Researcher Coordinator of NAIPE –Center of Amerindian Studies)

April 28, 2016 5:00 pm 
701c Dodge Hall 
Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology
Free and Open to the Public

Columbia University Morningside Campus

"SIMULATIONS IN MUSIC" - An Open Lecture by Manuel De Landa(Feb 9, 6pm)

Event Start: 
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium, Columbia Morningside Campus

The Center for Ethnomusicology and The Computer Music Center at Columbia University jointly present:

Thursday, February 9th, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center
Columbia University
Free and Open to the Public
Map showing Schapiro Center:

Manuel De Landa (b. in Mexico City, 1952), based in New York since
1975, is a philosopher, media artist, programmer and software
designer. After studying art in the 1970s, he became known as an
independent filmmaker making underground 8mm and 16mm films inspired
by critical theory and philosophy. In the 1980s, Manuel De Landa
focused on programing, writing computer software, and computer art.
After being introduced to the work of Gilles Deleuze, he saw new
creative potential in philosophical texts, becoming one of the
representatives of the 'new materialism'.

Manuel De Landa is Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia and the Gilles Deleuze Chair of Contemporary Philosophy
and Science at the European Graduate School EGS, he was Adjunct
Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning
and Preservation at Columbia University (New York). He currently
lectures extensively in the United States and Europe, and is lecturer
at the Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) and at the University of
Philadelphia. Manuel De Landa's essays are published in numerous
journals, and he is the author of War in the Age of Intelligent
Machines (1991), A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (1997),
Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (2002), and A New Philosophy
of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006).

Event Contact: 
Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa (
Event Sponsors: 
The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University
The Computer Music Center at Columbia University

Christine Yano on "Singing Black Tears: An African American Prodigal Son in Japan" (Nov. 14)

Event Start: 
Monday, November 14, 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology

The Fall 2011 Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series presents:

Christine Yano (Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa)
Singing Black Tears: An African American Prodigal Son in Japan

Monday, November 14, 2011
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Center for Ethnomusicology
701C Dodge Hall
Columbia University Morningside Campus

Jerome Charles White (“Jero”), a 28-year old African American from Pittsburgh, debuted in February 2008 as Japan’s first black singer of enka,  the “song of Japan” whose tear-jerker ballads express “the heart-soul of Japanese.” Armed with song, tears, and mixed-blood pedigree, Jero performs national inscriptions of displacement that position him critically as prodigal son. The question remains, can he return? Or more to the point, what are the conditions of his return?

Christine Yano is Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  She is the author of many articles and three books, including (2011) Airborne Dreams: Nisei Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways  (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011); Crowning the Nice Girl: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture in Hawai'i’s Cherry Blossom Festival (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006); and Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song. (Cambridge: Harvard East Asia Center. Harvard University Press, 2002).

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