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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Conversations on Music and Sound Studies"

“Conversations on Music and Sound Studies” will be presented by George Lewis on April 10, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in 280 Ferguson Hall.

"Conversations on Music and Sound Studies"
George Lewis
Friday, April 10, 2009
"Conversations on Music and Sound Studies"
280 Ferguson Hall
Part of an ongoing, informal conversation series on the future of music
studies and sound studies within the academy.
George Lewis is Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music
Director, The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University
The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, an Alpert Award in the
Arts in 1999, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,
George Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM
School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association
for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work
as composer, improvisor, performer and interpreter explores electronic and
computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works,
and notated and improvisative forms, and is documented on more than 120
recordings. His published articles on music, experimental video, visual
art, and cultural studies have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and
edited volumes. He is the author of the remarkable, long-anticipated, and
highly praised A Power Stronger than Itself: The AACM and American
Experimental Music (2008).
Professor Lewis came to Columbia in 2004, having previously taught at the
University of California, San Diego, Mills College, the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, and Simon Fraser University's Contemporary Arts
Summer Institute. He has served as music curator for the Kitchen in New
York, and has collaborated in the "Interarts Inquiry" and "Integrative
Studies Roundtable" at the Center for Black Music Research (Chicago).His
oral history is archived in Yale University's collection of "Major Figures
in American Music."
Lewis has worked closely with film/video artists Stan Douglas and Don
Ritter, as well as with contemporary musicians such as Anthony Braxton,
Anthony Davis, Bertram Turetzky, Count Basie, David Behrman, David Murray,
Derek Bailey, Douglas Ewart, Evan Parker, Fred Anderson, Frederic Rzewski,
Gil Evans, Han Bennink, Irene Schweizer, J.D. Parran, James Newton, Joel
Ryan, Joelle Leandre, John Zorn, Leroy Jenkins, Michel Portal, Misha
Mengelberg, Miya Masaoka, Muhal Richard Abrams, Richard Teitelbaum, Roscoe
Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Steve Lacy and Wadada Leo Smith.