Inside This Issue:
Calypso by Stephen Stuemple
Jazz Renaissance by Robin D.G. Kelley
Re-mix by Kevin Miller
Johanna Beyer by
Melissa J. de Graaf
Exploring Roots Music: Review by
Charles K. Wolfe
Carter DVDs: Review by Anton Vishio
By Ellie M. Hisama
We are grateful to the many people who
responded to our recent appeal for donations. If you would like to make a
contribution to support the Institute for Studies in American Music, we can still use your help. Since
York state appropriations for higher education have declined by 5%,
adjusted for inflation. Your support
will make it possible to continue publishing this Newsletter,
to organize conferences, and to bring guest speakers and performers to
campus. Thank you for your generosity!
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lead article focuses on the migration of Trinidadian calypso to New York and eventually around the globe. This
theme will be thoroughly explored in our upcoming conference, Calypso in New York and the Atlantic World, to be held on 30 October 2004 at Brooklyn College. The conference will feature leading Caribbean scholars including Gordon Rohlehr,
Keith Warner, and Jocelyne Guilbault, as well as an evening concert with
Trinidadian historian and 2004 Calypso Monarch Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool. See the preliminary schedule on p. 13.
ISAM’s colloquium series, Music in Polycultural
America, continued this spring with a talk by Henry Frank on the
secularization of Haitian Vodou ritual, a
performance by the Ibo Dancers of Haiti, and a performance by
pianist/singer/songwriter Magdalen Hsu-Li. We also hosted Mark Katz,
who delivered a paper on Paul Lansky, Fatboy Slim,
and Public Enemy; Martha Mockus, who shared
her research on bassist/singer/songwriter MeShell Ndegéocello; and Carl Stone, who talked about his
work in sampling and computer music.
This year the Ph.D./D.M.A.
Program in Music at the CUNY
Graduate Center received a remarkably high number of applications from
students interested in American music topics, particularly in
twentieth-century composers, jazz, and popular music. We are delighted to welcome an exciting new
crop of students to our doctoral programs in musicology, ethnomusicology,
music theory, composition, and performance.
Congratulations to Adrienne Fried Block, who
received the Society for American Music’s 2004 Lifetime Achievement
Award at its meeting last March in Cleveland, and to John Graziano,
who received SAM’s 2004 Distinguished Service
Award. We look forward to their upcoming conference, A Century of
Composing in America: 1820-1920,
to be held on 17-19 November 2004 at the CUNY Graduate Center. Please see
the announcement on p. 12.
On 7-9 October 2004, the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado will host the symposium Nadia Boulanger
and American Music. For more information, please visit
Lastly, our thanks to Ben Bierman for his
outstanding work as managing editor of the Newsletter. We welcome Carl
Clements, a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center, as our new managing editor starting in Fall 2004.