Category Archives: CU Community Publications

Jazz Dreams II: Free Film Screening, Mon. Nov. 11, 2013, at 8pm

Jazz Dreams II: A Film Screening
A Conversation with filmmaker Geoffrey Poister and musician Courtney Bryan

Columbia composer Courtney Bryan (above, center) is among 3 young musicians from New Orleans who are featured in a new documentary film, presented by Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies. The film

“follows three young jazz musicians from New Orleans as they embark on difficult careers. Beginning with their high school years, it follows them through the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina, to their becoming parents and entrepreneurs. The film features Jason Marsalis, the youngest Marsalis; Irvin Mayfield, a Grammy Award winning trumpet player/composer, and pianist and composer Courtney Bryan. These committed young black Americans show their determination to keep America’s most original art form alive and vibrant. Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, and Gordon Parks all appear.”

Monday November 11, 2013, 8 p.m. 101 Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street (Between Broadway and Riverside Drive)

Event Cost:
Free and open to the public but rsvp is required by emailing or calling 212-851-9270

Directions to Prentis Hall can be seen at this link.


“Silent Music” by Prof. Susan Boynton – Book Release & Panel Discussion

Congratulations to Prof. Susan Boynton on her new book, Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of Eighteenth-Century Spain, published by Oxford University Press (2011). There will be a book release and panel discussion taking place on Monday, October 31, at 6:30pm, in the Skylight Room of the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th St). A reception will follow.

The event is presented by the Foundation for Iberian Music, and is free and open to the public. Full details on the event are available at this link on their site.

The title is listed in CLIO at this link (it’s currently on order and not yet available as of this writing, but you can place a Hold on it).

John Szwed’s Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded The World is in

Prof. John Szwed’s new biography of Alan Lomax, the American folklorist and ethnomusicologist, is in, and available in CLIO, under call number ML423 L6347 S98 2010, and it promises to be a thoughtful and entertaining read. Szwed is a noted anthropologist and jazz scholar, professor in the Music Dept. at Columbia, and also Acting Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia. You can read the New York Times’ recent review at this link.

Interested in checking out some of Alan Lomax’s many recordings? You can search in CLIO under keywords= Alan Lomax, and then limit your search to music sound recordings. You’ll see a list of over 120 available recordings (which can be checked out for 4 weeks). There are also several recordings by Lomax available in the online audio databases American Song, and a few in Smithsonian Global Sound.

Featured acquisition: Songs of Our Fathers, Aaron J. Johnson

Songs of Our Fathers, a recent CD by Columbia doctoral candidate Aaron J. Johnson, has just been cataloged and added to the collection. It features Aaron as composer and trombonist. It’s available under call number CD16170, and is a great listen. Check it out!

‘Art of the States’ – American music in streaming audio

Art of the States” is an interesting website, showcasing American composers and performers, and providing streaming audio (in RealPlayer format) of many works. You can search by composer, performer, instrumentation, time period, or genre. There is also an extensive list of links related to composers, performers, labels, and publishers (it is somewhat buried, under “About Art of the States>>Resources”).

The site also offers some interesting feature presentations, which cover some aspect of music in the collection. For example, the most recent feature offers composer John Harbinson providing an overview of his String Quartet No.3. This item dates from May 2008, so it appears that updates are infrequent. RSS feeds are offered on the website, allowing users to subscribe and be notified with updates when new content is added to the site (for a good intro to using RSS feeds, see this link).

One feature of interest to composers and performers is that the site accepts submissions, for inclusion on the website, and for distribution via broadcast radio networks. Note that Music Dept. faculty Fred Lerdahl and Arthur Kampela have works included on the site. Take a listen!

Yelena Grinberg Concert, Sunday 4/27

Music Dept. Ph.D. Yelena Grinberg will perform in a concert at Merkin Hall, on Sunday, 4/27 at 8pm. More details available at this link. She can also be heard performing Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Brahms, and others, on CD13034 in the collection of the Music & Arts Library. Recordings circulate to students, faculty, and staff for 2 weeks.

Upcoming Concert, Friday May 9th – Aaron Meicht

On Friday, May 10th, at 7pm, the Music & Arts Library’s own Aaron Meicht will be featured in a concert in the Experimental Music Series at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village, 131 E. 10th St. (at 2nd Ave). Other featured artists are Paula Mathussen and Gisburg.

Aaron has 2 CD’s available in the Library’s collection: CD13760, “Dig the sound live”, and CD13759, “Loud like hemlocks”. Check them out! (Recordings circulate for 2 weeks to Columbia affiliates)