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2017 Sound Arts MFA 1st Year Thesis Exhibition

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    April 15 – April 16
    Apr 15 at 8 PM to Apr 16 at 9 PM
    Studio@Butler, Butler Library, 2nd floor, 535 w 114th st. Columbia University

Reembodied Sound: A Symposium on Transducer-based Music and Sonic Art


Complex Issues: Triangle of Resistance


    Miya Masaoka, Sound Arts, in conversation with Tom Kalin, Film
    Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1pm
    The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Dodge Hall

Music from Japan: Festival 2017


    CMC Director Brad Garton and Sound Arts Program Director Miya Masaoka will be performing new music for koto, laptop computer and shakuhachi flute (Akikazu Nakamura).

    New York City at Scandinavia House/Victor Borge Hall
    58 Park Avenue, New York (at 37th Street)
    February 19th, 5:30pm: New Directions in Japanese Contemporary Music

    for program information and a link to ticket purchases.

Digital Amati: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Stringed Instruments


    Harry Mairson, professor of computer science, Brandeis University, and amateur violoncello maker, has conducted research on type systems in programming languages and their relation to problems in logic and complexity theory.In this lecture, he introduces the Digital Amati Project which explores the structure, interpretation, and making of stringed instruments, and how modern software can be used to represent historical practices of instrument design. The lecture discusses digital humanities tools, and the creative work done with them, and will be of interest to historians, musicologists, practitioners of digital humanities, and makers.

    February 24th, 2017
    2PM – 3PM
    Studio@Butler (Butler 208B)
    535 W 114th Street

    For more information, please visit:

Musicians Against The Executive Order

    Concept of security. Silhouette of refugee men and metal fence with barbed wire on the background of night sky

    Friday, February 3, 2017 – 7:00pm
    Italian Academy Teatro, 117th Street & Amsterdam

    Columbia University musicians and friends join forces to protest President Trump’s Executive Order barring citizens of seven nations from the USA. All proceeds will go to American Civil Liberties Union to support defenders of those barred entry to the USA. Suggested $20 donation.

    CMC highlights include: Mario Diaz de Leon, Sam Yulsman, Vicente Hansen Atria, and the music of Ashkan Behzadi amongst others.

A Time to Sound


    Jan 21 & 22
    Fridman Gallery
    Hours: 2:00PM-8:00PM Saturday and Sunday
    287 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
    Gallery Reception Both Nights: 6:00 PM
    Columbia University, School of the Arts

Zosha Di Castri Composer Portrait


    Thursday, December 1, 2016 – 8:00pm
    Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York, NY 10027

    Pianists, percussionists, and vocalists of Yarn/Wire & Ekmeles come together alongside electronics to explore the rich gamut of Di Castri’s work featuring two premiere performances.


Columbia Composers and Sound Arts Concert


    Saturday, December 3, 2016 – 8:00pm
    Computer Music Center, Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street New York, NY

    On Saturday, December 3, at 8:00 PM, the Computer Music Center will host a joint concert of works by graduate students from Columbia Composers and the Sound Arts MFA program.

    Free of charge; no tickets required.

    website: columbia-composers-and-sound-arts-concert

A Not So Quiet Space


    An Exhibition of Works by Columbia University’s Sound Arts MFA Students
    Friday, October 21, 2016
    Music & Arts Library
    2960 Broadway
    305 Dodge Hall (7th floor)

Celebrating the Genius of Michio Miyagi


    IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives
    cordially invites you to the Concert Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Death of Michio Miyagi (1894-1956)

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30PM

    Merkin Concert Hall
    129 West 67th Street
    New York, NY 10023

    Free and open to the public, but if you haven’t, please register here or go to

    Wednesday, October 6, 2016, 8:00 PM — 10:00 PM
    Room 101, Prentis Hall

    Following the spirit of Michio Miyagi:
    A workshop exploring the acoustics and use of digital signal processing techniques with various kotos. Brad Garton and Miya Masaoka will be presenting ideas about the future use of kotos and Japanese Heritage musical insturments with new music technologies.

Art + Music + Technology podcast with Terry Pender

Jorge Chikiar and Terry Pender: Waves & Vibrations

    Jorkia 02

    Improvisations for analog synthesizer plus mandolin and guitar

    The Firehouse Space
    246 Frost St
    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Oct 7, 2016 from 8 to 9pm

Geräuschfeldern II

Columbia Sound Arts MFA Program presents: Project ONKYO

Continuing Effect: Sound Arts MFA Thesis Show


    Continuing Effect

    Saturday, April 23–Saturday, May 7, 2016
    Closing Reception: May 7, 2016, 5–7 pm
    Basilica Hudson Back Gallery
    110 S. Front Street
    Hudson, NY 12534

    Installed in Basilica’s Back Gallery, this special exhibition presents thesis works from the Sound Arts MFA program. Alice Emily Baird, Cameron Fraser, Chatori Shimizu, and Frank Spigner formally and conceptually address concepts relating to reverberation through interactive, responsive, and kinetic sculpture and installation. Continuing Effect is curated by Wave Farm.

Spring Exhibition: Sound Arts MFA First-Year show


    Spring Exhibition: First-Year works from the 2016 Columbia University School of the Arts Sound Arts MFA Program

    Friday, April 22, 2016, 6-8 pm
    Central Booking Offline
    21 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002
    April 23–May 2, 2016
    Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12–6 pm

    Please join us for the Opening Reception. Works by Ashley Grier, Dani Dobkin, Geronimo Mercado.



    ACOUSTIC+ #9
    New York Composers Night
    Friday, March 25, 2016, 8PM

    Works by New York City based composers

    Chatori Shimizu (Sound Arts MFA)
    Tawnie Olson
    Whitney George
    Frances White
    Kala Pierson

    Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased for $20 general admission or $15 for students and seniors. Your ticket will also include a complimentary drink.

    MISE-EN_PLACE is located in the heart of Bushwick at 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221. Directions: M train to the Central Stop or the L train to the Dekalb stop.

How to Enter a Dream


    How to Enter a Dream: a meditative, all-night music concert and installation, with communal sleeping and breakfast

    (Featuring Sound Arts MFA students Chatori Shimizu and Cameron Perry Fraser)

    9.30pm, Saturday March 12 – 8am, Sunday March 13

    $15 – $25 suggested donation

    In many traditional and contemporary global cultures, communal sleeping without sexual overtones is an activity considered to create unity and kinship and plays a vital role in the social fabric of a tribe or community. Inspired by this and the concept of an all-night lullaby, Inner Fields invites you to sleep over during the weekend which Daylight Savings begins, and be immersed in an electronic-acoustic, meditative soundscape performed live by 7 different musicians: Hiroshi Ebina, Cameron Perry Fraser, Zak Hap, Chung Eun Kim, Anqi Liu, Yusuke Narita and Chatori Shimizu. (See biographies below).

    Performing a variety of instruments which include laptops, guitars, found objects, kids percussion instruments, a cell phone, glockenspiel, circular koto and the traditional Japanese shō, this tranquil sonic experience will bring you through Saturday night and into Sunday morning, with coffee, tea and breakfast to be shared upon waking. The Inner Fields studio will feature a dreaming installation by Elaine Su-Hui, and the concert will begin with a 20 minute guided meditation before inviting you to lie down, listen, and enter a dream.

    Photo: In the Seed We Have the Universe, 2016, mixed media installation by Elaine Su-Hui

    Everyone will be sleeping on the floor upon mats, rugs and blankets, so please bring your own additional yoga/ sleeping mats, blankets, as well as a pillow and sleeping bag to be comfortable. Eye mask optional. Earplugs will be provided if needed!