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4th annual Sound Art in the Library event! Friday, 10/19, 6-8pm, Music & Arts Library


MFA Sound Art in the Library
Friday, Oct. 19th, 6-8pm
Music & Arts Library,
701 Dodge

The students of the MFA Sound Art program, and the Music & Arts Library present a night of engaging site-specific installations, performances and more, situated in the spaces of the Library.

Drop in to check out the work!

Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to Columbia and Barnard students, staff and faculty.

Questions? Contact

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.


Swag! Our new Music & Arts Library tote bags are in…

This season’s must-have library accessory, in a cheery blue-sky shade just in time for Spring, and sporting the Music & Arts Library logo, has made its debut! And, did I mention, it’s free?

Don’t be fooled by the cheap knock-offs on Canal St. – these are available exclusively through the Music & Arts Library!

Ask for one at the circulation desk of the Music & Arts Library, in 701 Dodge. And, while you’re at it, why not fill it up with some books, scores, or recordings from our other, equally fabulous collections?

Resource Alert: American Radio History

American Radio History ( is an interesting free collection of scanned, searchable, full-text periodicals related to broadcasting in the U.S. Articles on the broadcast industry, regional radio markets, sales and chart data, and entertaining advertisements for broadcast-related technologies are contained in several periodical titles, with the ability to search across a given title.

The articles may be downloaded, but printing is disabled.

Free Download: Scriabin’s 8 Etudes for Piano, Op. 42

A free download of Scriabin’s “8 Etudes for Piano”, op.42, is being offered this week by Alexander Street Press/Classical Music Library. It’s available at, in a recording by pianist Nicole Afriat.

And, don’t be alarmed by the different spellings of Scriabin… I’m just using our standard spelling in CLIO here! It will sound just as good, and, did I mention, it’s free? Watch this space for periodic free downloads available from Classical Music Library and other sources.