The Musicology Department sponsors two series of presentations:
- The Colloquium series offers talks by current faculty and graduate students.
- The Symposium series presents prominent guest speakers from other institutions.
Both series are open to the Eastman community. All events take place on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in NSL 404 (Sibley Library seminar room) unless otherwise noted.
MUY Symposium Speakers Spring 2021
18 February 2021
William Robin, University of Maryland, College Park
“Bang on a Can and New Music’s Marketplace Turn”
Virtual Presentation – Zoom ID: 953 5043 1575
“The Bang on a Can Festival, the 8-year-old irreverent New York forum for new music, is invading the mainstream,” wrote Billboard in May 1995. That season, what had begun as a quirky, do-it-yourself marathon of contemporary music in downtown New York was now playing at Lincoln Center and releasing an album on Sony Classical. Bang on a Can’s remarkable growth in the early 1990s can be traced to the entrepreneurial ingenuity of its three founding composers. But it was also a result of significant structural shifts: a “marketplace turn” in American new music, in which institutions and musicians came to believe that the survival of contemporary composition depended on reaching a broad, non-specialist audience. In this talk, I trace Bang on a Can’s expansion alongside other institutional changes in this period, as it found new ways to grow the listenership for contemporary composition.
William’s research explores how institutions structure the creation, dissemination, and reception of contemporary classical music in the United States. His research interests also include early American hymnody, Stravinsky, and the European postwar avant-garde. Recent peer-reviewed journal articles include “Horizons ’83, Meet the Composer, and New Romanticism’s New Marketplace,” (Musical Quarterly), “Balance Problems: New-Music Ensembles, the University, and Neoliberalism,” (Journal of the American Musicological Society, fall 2018); and “The Rise and Fall of ‘Indie Classical’: Tracing a Controversial Term in Twenty-First Century New Music,” (Journal of the Society for American Music, spring 2018).
18 March 2021
Kyra D. Gaunt, University at Albany
Music as Violence Against Black Girls on YouTube (or Twerking at the Intersection)
Virtual Presentation – Zoom ID: 960 3398 8246
When we search for music on YouTube–the number one music discovery channel on the web and the number one destination for kids, we never think we are contributing to the sexual grooming and sexploitation of the most vulnerable and marginalized girls and their aspirational bedroom play. Tween twerking videos sit at the intersection of music monetization, search recommendations, and sexually-objectifying comments and disclosure tactics. This talk unpacks how girls turn up to music that is situationally banking on their consent to patriarchal violence and anti-Black sexism.
Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt uses song, scholarship, and digital media to disclose disconnects in music, culture, and technology that perpetuate violence against girls online. Her first book, The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop (NYU Press) and subsequent publications, contributed to the emergence of hip-hop music studies, black girlhood studies, and hip-hop feminism. She was featured in the viral TED video “How the Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm” reaching over 7M+ views published in over 28 languages and in 2020 she became a Senior TED Fellow. Her article “The Magic of Black Girls Play” was an editors’ pick in the New York Times in July 2020 and her next project is titled PLAYED: Twerking at the Intersection of Music, YouTube, and Violence Against Black Girls.
1 April 2021
Brigid Cohen, New York University
Michiko Toyama at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center
Virtual Presentation – Zoom ID: 958 4087 7299
Brigid Cohen is Associate Professor of Music at New York University. Her book Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora (2012) won the Lockwood Award from the American Musicological Society. She is currently writing Musical Migration and Imperial New York, which explores questions of displacement and citizenship through a study of New York concert avant-gardes, jazz, electronic music, and performance art in the 1950s and 1960s. She is also editor of the round table “Edward Said and Musicology Today,” published in Journal of the Royal Musical Association in 2016. Her recent work has been supported by the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Wellesley College.
29 April 2021
Jennifer Saltzstein, University of Oklahoma
Landscape, Identity, and Song: Projections of Person in Thirteenth-Century Trouvère Compendia
Virtual Presentation – Zoom ID: 943 7284 4891
The luxury songbooks that are our most important sources for the music of the trouvères often project uniform identities for these composers as knights, clerics, or hired performers. Focusing on two trouvères (the crusading knight the Vidame de Chartres and the cleric and lawyer Gilles le Vinier) I examine the way in which their songs and the known details of their biographies complicate the social categories into which the songbooks place them. The more nuanced portrait that emerges provides a basis for exploring what these figures and their songs reveal about relationships between song, landscape, and identity among the trouvères.
Jennifer Saltzstein is a Presidential Professor of Musicology at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches courses on the music of the middle ages, renaissance, and baroque eras. She is author of The Refrain and the Rise of the Vernacular in Medieval French Music and Poetry (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013), editor of Musical Culture in the World of Adam de la Halle (Leiden: Brill, 2019), and has published articles in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Viator, Musica Disciplina, the Journal of the American Musicological Society (2017 and 2019), and in numerous interdisciplinary collections of essays.
Reaching Beyond the Academy: A Podcast Workshop Series
Over the past few years, interest in the public humanities has grown considerably as scholars have begun to recognize the importance of broadcasting academic research more widely. This workshop series focuses on the medium of the podcast for reaching beyond the academy and making humanities research accessible to the general community. Our workshop leaders will explore various facets of creating a podcast and discuss the unique challenges of disseminating research to public audiences. Each event will focus on different elements of podcast creation, including sound design, interviewing practices for audio formats, how to structure a podcast narrative, editing techniques, and more. Participants will gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge with how to approach this burgeoning movement of public-facing research. All workshops will be open to the public. **Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation**
23 February 2021, 3-4:30pm EST
Sound Expertise: Eddie Davis (University of New Haven), Will Robin (University of Maryland)
8 March 2021, 2-3:30pm EST
Wayne Marshall (WayneandWax.com, Berklee School of Music)
22 March 2021, 3-4:30pm EST
Eric Hung (The Music of Asian America Research Center)
9 April 2021, 1-2:30pm EST
Switched on Pop: Nate Sloan (University of Southern California) and Charlie Harding (composer at large)
For zoom information please RSVP to Pallas Catenella, firstname.lastname@example.org
MUY Symposium Speakers Fall 2020
29 October 2020
Ashon Crawley, University of Virginia
“I am the architect!” On Little Richard and Blackqueer Grief
Virtual Presentation – Zoom ID: 976 5623 3466
This talk is about blackqueer life and its relation to blackpentecostal anaesthetics as an ongoing audiovisual, choreosonic, choreovisual arts practice. Discussing the grief that emerges when one attempts a blackqueer practice of relationality, I will also consider the ways grief is evidence of having lived a life of deep introspection and love and joy, against a world that would attempt to extinguish blackqueer movement and verve. Focusing on Little Richard, this talk argues that what should be gleaned from his life is more than a merely aesthetic practice but a reworking and reconfiguration of who it is we think we are and can be.
19 November 2020
Annual AMS/SEM Round-Up
4:30 pm – Virtual Meeting