American Music Review: Fall 2013

Everett Lee
Everett Lee

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Everett Lee and the Racial Politics of Orchestral Conducting
Carol J. Oja, Harvard University

Don’t Shoot the Piano Player: The State of Vallenato in New York City
Jorge Arévalo Mateus, Hunter College, CUNY & the Center for Traditional Music and Dance

New York Improviser-Composers and the Politics of Multiplicity
Amanda L. Scherbenske, Wesleyan University

Reading Jazz Recordings
Matthew K. Carter, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Strike Up the Band”: First-Ever Critical Edition of the Works of George and Ira Gershwin Announced
Mark Clague, University of Michigan

Music in Polycultural America: Spring 2014

Feb 26

Hair and the Gender Politics of Late-1960s Youth Culture Elizabeth Wollman
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
11:00 a.m.
Location: State Lounge, 5th Floor, Brooklyn College Student Center

Hair - Original Broadway Cast
Hair
original Broadway cast

Elizabeth L. Wollman is an Assistant Professor of Music at Baruch College. Her research and teaching interests include American popular and vernacular musics, the mass media, the musical theater, gender studies, aesthetics, and the postwar cultural history of New York City. She is author of The Theater Will Rock: A History of the Rock Musical, From Hair to Hedwig (University of Michigan Press, 2006), and most recently Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Apr 30

Singing the Gods: Songs of Devotion, Praise, and Invocation in Brooklyn Wednesday, 30 April 2014
11:00 a.m.
Location: Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College

Shobana (Raj) Raghavan
Shobana (Raj) Raghavan

Singing associated with religious practice is one of the ways to achieve relationship with the divine. This special program of lecture/demonstration performances teaches how music shapes religious devotion in diverse Brooklyn communities.

Performers include Rita Silva (Bahia, Brazil candomblé sung invocations), Said Damir with Aminou Belyamani (Moroccan gnawaa) presented by Hafida Torres; Shobana (Raj) Raghavan with her student Amrita Vijay (Hindu Carnatic); and Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie (Caribbean spiritual Baptist ).

May 7

Finding Common Ground: Tolerance in Experimental Improvisation Dan Blake
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
9:30 a.m.
Location: Amersfort Lounge: 2nd floor, SUBO Brooklyn College

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

Composer and saxophonist Dan Blake has led an eclectic career that includes recordings, festival, and television appearances with Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding, works for mixed media like animation and sound installations, as well as the critically acclaimed The Aquarian Suite (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, 2012), which The Boston Phoenix called “one of the most ridiculously satisfying discs we’ve heard in some time.” Dan Blake recently earned his Ph.D. in composition from the Graduate Center, CUNY and his scholarly work focuses on theories of experimental improvisation.

May 15

Latin/Jewish Jazz with Anat Cohen, Arturo O’Farrill, and the Brooklyn College Jazz Ensemble
Preconcert talk with Hankus Netsky
Wednesday, 15 May 2014
7:00 p.m.
Location: Whitman Hall, Brooklyn College

Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen

An evening of Afro-Latin big band arrangements of Jewish dance melodies and Yiddish songs, as well as Latin classics played in traditional klezmer settings. The program will feature Afro-Latin jazz pianist and band leader Arturo O’Farrill with two of New York’s most prominent Israeli-born jazz musicians, clarinetist Anat Cohen and trombonist Rafi Malkiel. Ethnomusicologist Hankus Netsky, leader of the Jewish Music Ensemble at the New England Conservatory of Music, will present a pre-concert talk on the intersection of Latin and Jewish jazz in New York City.

Music in Polycultural America: Fall 2013

Oct 23

The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests & Triumphs Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
2:15 p.m.
Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library

Bud Powell
Bud Powell

Professor Ramsey will read from his new book The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop (University of California Press, 2013) and lead a discussion of jazz, Afro-modernism and mental health, topics linked to the life and career of Bud Powell. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (University of California Press, 2003), which was named outstanding book of the year by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Who Hears Here?: Essays on Black Music History and Society, a mid-career collection of his essays, is also forthcoming. An accomplished pianist, composer and arranger, Professor Ramsey leads the Philadelphia-based band, Dr. Guy’s MusiQology. This sextet, which blends jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, neo-soul, and classical, can be heard on two CDs: Y the Q? (2007) and in The Colored Waiting Room (2012).

Nov 5

Latin Jazz in New York with Arturo O’Farrill Arturo O’Farrill
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
12:30 p.m.
Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library

Arturo O’Farrill
Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill is one of New York’s most accomplished Latin jazz musicians. He was trained in piano and composition at the Manhattan School of Music and at Brooklyn College, where he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006. He took over the directorship of the Chico O’Farrill Latin Orchestra in 1995 and became the founding director of the Lincoln Center the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2003. His debut album with the Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006, and in 2008 they won a GRAMMY award for “Best Latin Jazz Album” with Song for Chico. A recognized composer, Mr. O’Farrill has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Music Project, and The Big Apple Circus. He has also composed music for films including Hollywoodland and Salud. Mr. O’Farrill currently leads the Brooklyn College big band and jazz ensembles, and works with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, a cultural organization that brings Latin music into New York public schools.

Nov 5

Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 Pat Thomas
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
2:15 p.m.
Maroon Room: 6th floor, SUBO

Pat Thomas
Pat Thomas

As a producer, Pat Thomas has reissued recordings by Allen Ginsberg, Eugene McDaniels, Watts Prophets and Black Panther Elaine Brown. His music writing has appeared in Mojo, Crawdaddy, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Thomas has uncovered dozens of rare recordings from the Black Power Movement in areas of jazz, soul, poetry, speeches, interviews, and rock/pop music, eventu- ally amassing what may be the largest collection of its kind. The culmination of his research may be found in his most recent book, Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 (Fantagraphics, 2012). Thomas is currently A&R consultant for Light in the Attic Records in Seattle.

Nov 13

Freedom Ride: Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement, an Opera by Dan Shore Dan Shore
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
2:15 p.m.
Maroon Room: 6th floor, SUBO

Dan Shore
Dan Shore

Dan Shore is a playwright and composer whose works include An Embarrassing Position, The Beautiful Bridegroom, Travel, The Chorus Girl, Works of Mercy, and the forthcoming Lady Orchid. Premiering this season are Anne Hutchinson, commissioned by Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series; and Freedom Ride, commissioned by Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans. He is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, a Fulbright scholar, and a two-time winner of the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Competition. B.M. and M.M., New England Conservatory; Ph.D., City University of New York; Assistant Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana.

American Music Review: Spring 2013

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Pharoah Sanders

"Live From The East": Pharoah Sanders in Brooklyn
by Jeffrey Taylor, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Invisible Woman: Vi Redd's Contributions as a Jazz Saxophonist
by Yoko Suzuki, University of Pittsburgh

A Long View of Musicals through 1970s Culture
by Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Brooklyn College, CUNY

The Harris Archive
by John M. Kennedy, California State University, Los Angeles

Always in Trouble: ESP-Disk and Free Jazz
by Jeff Tobias, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Brooklyn's Classic Ragtimer
by Edward A. Berlin

Welcoming Freedom:
A Personal Evolution in Teaching Musical Improvisation in New York

By Tom Zlabinger, York College

American Music Review: Fall 2012

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Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan Hit Manhattan
by Sean Wilentz, Princeton University

Reading Cage
by Richard H. Brown, University of Southern California

“Not Exact, but Near Enough”: Complexity and Playfulness in Nancarrow’s Study No. 41
by Margaret Thomas, Connecticut College

Guthrie Centennial Scholarship: Ruminating on Woody at 100
by Ray Allen

Fresh Insights into Boone and Handy
by Edward A. Berlin

Brass Band Music of the Civil War
by Raoul Camus

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