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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!

Music + The Mind / Harvestworks


    What music does the mind make? This performance tunes into the sound of synapses with Music + the Mind: a live music-infused experiment in neuroscience. The evening features the Brainwave Music Project- a project conceived by Columbia professors David Soldier and Brad Garton and performed by William Hooker, Brad Garton and David Soldier.

    SUNDAY EVENING, FEB. 28 2016
    Time: 8 pm FREE
    Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012
    Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6 to Bleecker
    Phone: 212-431-1130

    more info:

Modular Synthesizer Equinox

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    Another turn of the wheel. This time around, our Modular Solstice/Equinox series, which is almost in its fourth year, is happy to present a night dedicated to DIY and home built modular designs.

    >>Antenes [L.I.E.S.]
    >>David Lee Myers [Arcane Device]
    >>>Joe Bastardo, Mickey O’Hara & Seamus Williams [MA]
    >>>>Matthew Regula & Jessee Egan
    >>>>>Ed Bear
    >>>>>>Frank Spigner (Sound Arts MFA 2nd year student)

    visuals by Corey Bauer & Ginny Benson

    Saturday, March 19 8PM – 1AM
    The Silent Barn
    603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11206


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    CAENIS is a physical theater adaptation of one of Ovid’s Metamorphosesmyths. When the Lapith maiden, Caenis, is confronted by the imperious Neptune, she must demand the agency she deserves. Enveloped by an epic soundscape within the walls of PACE, you will journey with Caenis from prey to protector, from woman to man, and from bystander to culprit.

    Featuring sound design by Alice Baird (MFA Sound Arts)

    Date, Time: March 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00PM
    Location: PACE | 534 W. 25TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10001
    Tickets: $15 with young artist discount code ‘caenisya’


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    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016, 8:00PM

    Featuring percussionist/sound-artist Diego Espinosa playing music by David Adamcyk, Vinko Globokar, Kurt Schwitters, Jasna Velickovic, Juan Sebastian Lach, and Hugo Morales. Free Admission.

    Maison Francaise

    East Gallery, Buell Hall

    Campus Entrance: Broadway at W116th St

    Columbia University, New York City



SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology


    Experience the sights and sounds of four earthquakes from the last decade, viewed both from space and deep inside the globe. Created by CMC-ers Douglas Repetto and Ben Holtzman.

    SeismoDome link here

    Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
    American Museum of Natural History
    7 PM/Thursday, January 14, 2016

Columbia Composers and Sound Arts: Electroacoustic Concert


    Saturday, December 5th, 8pm
    315 Prentis Hall
    632 W 125th St
    New York, NY 10027

    Please join us at the Columbia Computer Music Center on the 3rd floor of Prentis Hall for an evening of new works by Columbia DMA and MFA composers and sound artists with special guest performers. Witness as they visualize sound and audioize visuals, traverse vast data bases of found sound and made sound, diffuse in 8-channels, granulate, synthesize, spatialize, harmonize, noisify, and so much more!

    Works by:
    Ryan Pratt, featuring Carrie Frey (viola)
    Dani Dobkin, solo laptop
    Martin Hiendl, eight-channel “tape”
    Geronimo Mercado, featuring William Cepeda (conch shell)
    Chatori Shimizu, sho and electronics
    Sam Yulsman, featuring Chris Pitsiokos (sax)
    Frank Spigner, featuring Dana Malseptic (synth) and Nathan Bellott (sax)

SHOW: Women, Music, Power + ICE

    PHono Contrast

    FRIDAY DECEMBER 11, 2015, 7:00PM

    Featuring International Contemporary Ensemble playing music by the CMC’s Natacha Diels (An Economy of Means), Zosha Di Castri & David Adamcyk (Phonobellow) as well as Maria Stankova (Movement). Post-concert talk moderated by Elizabeth Hoffman and Linda Dusman.

    The Italian Academy
    1161 Amsterdam Avenue (south of 118th Street)
    New York, NY, 10027
    Price: Free

    More concert info here

    This concert is part of a two-day event Women, Music, Power, which celebrates the work of musicologist Suzanne G. Cusick. More info on the symposium here.


Prentis Excavation


    Tuesday the 24th @ 10pm Geronimo Mercado, Alice Baird, Frank Spigner, Chatori Shimizu and Cameron Fraser will perform at Prentis Hall in room 320G. Rubbish has been excavated from the bowels of Prentis Hall and made to sing! Three percussionists, video and live dubbing. Come one, come all!!

ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise


    ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise – with Chatori Shimizu and Didier Sylvain

    7.30 – 9.30pm, Saturday 21 November

    Entry by donation (Suggested $15)

    This evening will explore various philosophical and cultural approaches to listening with discussion and performances from multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound artist Chatori Shimizu, and sound anthropologist and electronic musician, Didier Sylvain. Delving into linguistic definitions of sound, music and noise from around the world, and drawing comparisons between Eastern and Western perspectives of ‘noise’ in music, this discussion will also explore the impact of technology on our ideas of ‘music’, inquiring into biological metaphors in electronic music, ‘live’ and ‘dead’ music, and performance versus demonstration. Through this lens, we can understand the action of listening as a way of knowing and a way of being: a personal, social and physical experience of the world which unfolds through a process of participation and reflection. By expanding our understanding of sound, music and noise beyond the limits of culture, the human-centric, and divisions between nature and technology, we can refine the way we listen and interpret the world, thereby advocating a deeper connectedness to each other and our environment.

    Chatori Shimizu is a composer, researcher, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist from Osaka, Japan. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, his award-winning works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. He is an MFA Candidate at Columbia University.

    Didier Sylvain entered Columbia University’s PhD program in Ethnomusicology in 2013. His research explores the philosophical and political dimensions of “black” engagement with sound technology in the Americas, and, more generally, interdisciplinary work surrounding the intersections of race, sound, and technology.

Sound Arts MFA Open Studios

MATTHEW GOODHEART – Bracken Tongues Wept and other works


    THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2015, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

    The Old Stone House
    in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue

Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map

    More info here

Miranda Cuckson: Sun Propeller — New works for solo violin, viola and electronics

Caenis Benefit


    Date, Time: 17th November, 7 – 10 pm
    Location: Pace Gallery
    Address: 510 West 25th St
    Price: student price $25, tickets available at

    Featuring sound design and installation by Sound Arts MFA student Alice Emily Baird.

Beyond the Lab @ The Explorers Club


    (LDEO’s Ben Holtzman and the CMC’s Douglas Repetto will show recent seismic sonification and visualization experiments!)

    In collaboration with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, The Explorers Club is hosting “Beyond the Lab: Dynamic Careers in Science and Sustainability,” its first-ever career day on Saturday, October 24, 2015, in New York City. The event will give middle school, high school and undergraduate students the unique opportunity to learn about exciting careers in science and sustainability and to explore cutting-edge scientific research. Students will hear from scientists, graduate students and alumni and those working in the field of sustainable development in the public and private sectors. Lamont scientists will also present interactive demonstrations showcasing their latest research findings from the field. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Date: Saturday, October 24th
    Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

    Details and Reservations: