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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
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
Center for Ethnomusicology (701C Dodge Hall)
Columbia University Morningside Campus

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
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
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
Miller Theater (116th St. and Broadway)

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


Sacred Court Music (Gagaku)
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,

Full Program (pdf)

Part I: Treasuring the Past and Enriching the Present

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

(Glorious Days)

(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
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.


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

Event Start: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 5:00pm
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

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Prof. David Novak: "Music, protest,and the politics of festival in Japan's nuclear village" (March 23, Noon)

Event Start: 
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

The Center for Ethnomusicology Graduate Colloquium Series Presents: 

Prof.  David Novak
(University of California at Santa Barbara, & Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Alumnus)

"Music, protest,and the politics of festival in Japan's nuclear village" 

Monday March 23, 2015
12:00 Noon

701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnousicology)
Free and Open to the Public


David Novak is Associate Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is the author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Ciruclation (Duke Univ. Press, 2013).  He holds the PhD in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University.  His work explores cultural and political formations through the ethnography of popular music, and examines how the circulation of global media becomes central to processes of social and epistemological transformation. His interests include globalization of popular music, remediation, protest culture, and social practices of listening. His current project focuses on the politics of sound in urban Japan, particularly in the impact of noise regulations on homeless and migrant labor communities in South Osaka, and on the role of music, sound, and noise in the antinuclear movement in post-3.11 Japan.            







Film Screening: Wild Style: Early Hip-Hop in New York (3/12, 8PM, FREE!)

Event Start: 
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus @ 116th St.)

The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents . . . 

WILD STYLE: Early Hip-Hop in New York

The inagaugural presentation in the Center's Ethnographic Film Series.

Thursday, March 12
701C Dodge Hall
(Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus, Broadway and 116th St.)


Refreshments to be served.

"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano": Recital and Panel Discussion (4/22, 7pm)

Event Start: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:00pm
Columbia University St. Paul's Chapel: 1160 Amsterdam Avenue


Wednesday, April 22, 2015
(Concert at 7pm; Panel Discussion at 8pm)

Location:  Columbia University St. Paul's Chapel, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue
Free and Open to the Public!


This event is jointly sponsored by:

Music Performance Program
Columbia University Department of Music
Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program
Center of Ethnomusicology
Institute of Research in African-American Studies
Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
Office of the Core Curriculum

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