Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology
The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a colloquium featuring:Dr. Michael Mason
Director of Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage"Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Global Movement to Sustain Local Cultures."
Tuesday, March 11, 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Center for Ethnomusicology, Dodge Hall 701C
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Broadway and 116th St.
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents a Talk and Film Screening of:
Sound and image in Memories of Overdevelopment.
featuring Miguel Coyula, Independent film-maker (Cuba)
Friday February 21, 2014
701 C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
2.00 pm- 5.00 pm
Free and open to the public.
Miguel Coyula (Havana, 1977) is one of the most accomplished and internationally acclaimed Independent Filmmakers from Cuba. He is the director of several experimental short films and two feature films, Cucarachas rojas (2003) and Memorias del Desarrollo (2010), which was first shown in Sundance and has since gained enormous recognition and several awards. Coyula's work is aesthetically focused on exploring new ways of storytelling through digital technology, yet his films are lucid and sophisticated portrayals of a variety of historical events and political matters. Memorias del Desarrollo, based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes, tells the story of a Cuban intellectual who leaves "underdevelopment" behind to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life as a professor in the "developed" world. The protagonist is a witness to the Cuban Revolution and the several waves of migration leaving the island from the 60's to the 80's, as well as to the attacks of September 11th in New York. The movie is not available in DVD or for commercial purposes.
Click here for an interview with Coyula in Spanish
See the film trailer here:
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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:19pm - 4:00pm
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and the Performance of Native Hawaiian Identity
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia University Morningside Campus at 116th and Broadway
a performance and presentation by Patrick Landeza
Patrick Landeza will give a unique performance. While he will perform Hawaiian slack key guitar, he will also discuss the ways in which his participation in Hawaiian music brought out a number of issues Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) born and raised outside of Hawai’i confront in terms of authenticity and legitimacy. Landeza’s bassist, Christopher Lau, is a professional musician with decades of experience in Hawaiian music.
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The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates Professor Ellen Gray on the publication of her book Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (Duke
University Press). This ethnography of fado, Portugal's most celebrated
popular music genre, shows how a musical genre can sediment, circulate,
and transform affect, sonorously rendering history and place as soulful
and feeling as public.
The book's introduction is currently available for preview and free download on Scribd.
"Lila Ellen Gray positions Lisbon's amateur fado scene
in terms of all the contestation about what fado is and where the
action is taking place. This positioning is a unique and valuable
contribution to music ethnography, and Gray does major and convincing
intellectual work arguing for 'amateur' scenes as paths into the deepest
musical and ethnographic understandings of genre, style, performance,
poesis, and the ways that sociality is lived and experienced through
sound."—Steven Feld, author of Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana
in the USA can receive a 20% discount on the book when ordering
directly from Duke University Press (use code P13GRAY at checkout).
In Europe, the book is available through Combined Academic Publishers with a 30% discount (use the code CS1113FADO).
In Lisbon, the book is available at the bookstore Fabula Urbis:
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The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Adam Kielman,
who has won three prestigious prizes for papers presented at academic
conferences, in addition to a major research fellowship (Fulbright DDRA)
for his work in China.
The prizes awarded to Mr. Kielman include: The Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize
-- Awarded by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of
Ethnomusicology (MACSEM) for the best student paper presented at their
annual meeting held March 23-24, 2013 in Richmond, VA. Paper title: "
'Sounds like Home': Language and Place in Guangzhou's Modern Folk."The Martin Hatch Award
-- Awarded by the Society for Asian Music (SAM) for the best student
paper on Asian music presented at the annual Society for Ethnomusicology
national meeting held November 1-4, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Paper
title: "Xiandai Minyao: 'Modern Folk' in Guangzhou."The Barbara Barnard Smith Prize
-- Awarded by the Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR) to
recognize an outstanding student paper in the field of Chinese music,
broadly defined, presented at the annual Society for Ethnomusicology
national meeting held November 1-4, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Paper
title: "Xiandai Minyao: 'Modern Folk' in Guangzhou."
Kielman, who is also an alumnus of Columbia College (EALAC major, LAJPP
performer), has also just successfully defended his doctoral
dissertation proposal, entitled "Sounding Configurations of Difference
in Postsocialist China." He is preparing to depart for field research
in China with support from a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation
Research Abroad Fellowship, awarded in September 2013.
Congratulations to Mr. Kielman!
The Center congratulates PhD program alumna Prof. Amanda Minks (University of Oklahoma, PhD in Ethnomusicology, 2006), who has just published Voices of Play: Miskitu Children's Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua with the University of Arizona Press' First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies series (2013).
While indigenous languages have become prominent in global political and educational discourses, limited attention has been given to indigenous children's everyday communication. Voices of Play is a study of multilingual play and performance among Miskitu children growing up on Corn Island, part of a multi-ethnic autonomous region on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.
Corn Island is historically home to Afro-Caribbean Creole people, but increasing numbers of Miskitu people began moving there from the mainland during the Contra War, and many Spanish-speaking mestizos from western Nicaragua have also settled there. Miskitu kids on Corn Island often gain some competence speaking Miskitu, Spanish, and Kriol English. As the children of migrants and the first generation of their families to grow up with television, they develop creative forms of expression that combine languages and genres, shaping intercultural senses of belonging.
Voices of Play is the first ethnography to focus on the interaction between music and language in children's discourse. Minks skillfully weaves together Latin American, North American, and European theories of culture and communication, creating a transdisciplinary dialogue that moves across intellectual geographies. Her analysis shows how music and language involve a wide range of communicative resources that create new forms of belonging and enable dialogue across differences. Miskitu children's voices reveal the intertwining of speech and song, the emergence of "self" and "other," and the centrality of aesthetics to social struggle.
Amanda Minks is Associate Professor in the Honors College and is affiliated with the Department of Anthropology and with the programs in Native American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Oklahoma University. She earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University in 2006.
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The Center congratulates Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program alumnus David Novak.
Prof. Novak (UCSB) has just published Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation
(Duke University Press, 2013).Visit the Japanoise website
Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of
feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, first emerged as a genre
in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in
Japan, Europe, and North America. With its cultivated obscurity,
ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise has captured
the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience.
its scattered listeners, Noise always seems to be new and to come from
somewhere else: in North America, it was called "Japanoise." But does
Noise really belong to Japan? Is it even music at all? And why has Noise
become such a compelling metaphor for the complexities of globalization
and participatory media at the turn of the millennium?
David Novak draws on more than a decade of research in Japan and the
United States to trace the "cultural feedback" that generates and
sustains Noise. He provides a rich ethnographic account of live
performances, the circulation of recordings, and the lives and creative
practices of musicians and listeners. He explores the technologies of
Noise and the productive distortions of its networks. Capturing the
textures of feedback—its sonic and cultural layers and vibrations—Novak
describes musical circulation through sound and listening, recording and
performance, international exchange, and the social interpretations of
media. read more »
is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2006, after which he served as a postdoctoral fellow in Columbia's Society of Fellows.
(Tulane University) has just published Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans
(with artwork by Willie Birch)Roll With It
is a firsthand account of the precarious lives of musicians in the Rebirth, Soul Rebels, and Hot 8 brass bands of New Orleans. The gripping narrative moves with the band members from back street to backstage, before and after Hurricane Katrina, always in step with the tap of the snare drum, the thud of the bass drum, and the boom of the tuba.Matt Sakakeeny
is an ethnomusicologist and journalist, New Orleans resident and musician. An Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University, he initially moved to New Orleans to work as a co-producer of the public radio program American Routes. He earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University in 2008, where his field research was funded by the National Science Foundation. Read the introduction to Roll With It on Scribd
.Roll With It also features a supplementary website
Published by Duke University Press in their Refiguring American Music Series
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The Center for Ethnomusicology's projects to "repatriate" recordings
of collector Laura Boulton, conducted in collaboration with Native
American and Alaska Native communities, are featured in a story in Columbia News, and in a video feature on the Columbia University home page.
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Important Announcement to Prospective PhD Program Applicants (August, 2013):
WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS IN FALL 2013 FOR FALL 2014 ADMISSION!
are pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications to the
PhD program in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University this fall (2013,
usually with a Dec. 15 deadline) for admission in the 2014-15 academic
We are unlikely to be accepting applications in 2014 for admission in 2015-16. Please factor that into your personal planning.Please review these links before you contact us!About the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Program
PhD Program Frequently Asked QuestionsMusic Department General Guidance for PhD/DMA ApplicantsGraduate School of Arts and Sciences
Congratulations to Columbia ethnomusicology PhD student Kevin Holt, who has been awarded a 2013 Predoctoral Fellowship from the Ford Foundation.
This fellowship, which provides three years of full support for
doctoral research, is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered
by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Mr. Holt's
selection for this prestigious award reflects Ford Foundation's
panelists’ "judgment of scholarly competence as well as the promise of
future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher." read more »
The Department of Music congratulates alumna Dr. Maria Sonevysky (PhD,
Ethnomusicology, 2012). Dr. Sonevytsky has been appointed as Assistant
Professor of Music at Bard College, beginning in 2014. Prior to taking
up the position at Bard, Dr. Sonevysky will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at
the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University
of Toronto for 2013-14. read more »
The Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates our Barnard Ethnomusicology Majors graduating in Commencement 2013!
- Martina Wiedenbaum - Ethnomusicology
- Lucy Finkelstein-Fox - Ethnomusicology&Psychology, Departmental Honors
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The Center for Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series presents:Pop Music and Digitization
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus
featuring: Emmanuelle Olivier
andPhilippe Le GuernApril 19, 201312pm-3pm
Center for Ethnomusicology
701C Dodge Hall
Free and Open to the PublicIslamic Pop Music in Mali: Constructing a Local ModernityEmmanuelle OlivierNational 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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