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Musicians Against The Executive Order

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    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!

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)