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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:



    Columbia Sound Arts MFA Presents:


    Interactive Installations / Sound Experiments / Screenings

    Friday October 9
    Music & Arts Library (Wiener)
    7th Floor Dodge

    Featuring New Works by: Alice Baird Dani Dobkin Cameron Fraser Ashley Grier Geronimo Mercado Chatori Shimizu Frank Spigner

    Curated by:
    Nick J. Patterson & Miya Masaoka

    Refreshments / Everyone Welcome

Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival at Pier 26

    2015 Handbill side by side


    Saturday, Oct 3
    Pier 26 at N. Moore St.


    (At which the CMC’s Ben Holtzman and Douglas Repetto will present some seismo-bleephiss-video-installation excitement!)

    Hudson River Park and the New York Hall of Science present SUBMERGE– a FREE, day-long science extravaganza devoted to raising awareness about our coastal waters. Celebrate local marine science through hands-on science activities, catch-and-release fishing, science stage events, kayaking and more! Interactive demonstrations will bring marine science and engineering topics to life, inspiring audiences of all ages.

Oneirogen tour

Mark Fell, David Bird, Sam Pluta – YARN/WIRE/CURRENTS


    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 – 8:00PM

    Yarn/Wire celebrate the opening of their 10th anniversary season as well as their recent release with Pete Swanson, Eliminated Artist, on ISSUE Project Room’s Distributed Objects imprint. The program includes three world premieres written specifically for the event, including works by experimental NYC musician and video artist David Bird, a new Fromm Foundation commission by composer/improviser Sam Pluta (Peter Evans Quintet / Wet Ink), and a new piece by electronics visionary Mark Fell (UK). This concert marks the fourth installment of Yarn/Wire/Currents, an ongoing collaboration between ISSUE and Yarn/Wire exploring the boundaries of contemporary music performance.

Tokyo to New York

Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai


    Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai. A Performance with Sound Installation
    Time: Sept. 19th (Sat.), 20th (Sun.) 19:30 ~ 21:30
    Ticket: $10~15 donation

    Chatori Shimizu is a composer, researcher, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist, whose award-winning works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, Chatori draws upon both Western contemporary composition as well as the aesthetic and philosophy of Japanese sacred music Gagaku, in order to create pieces which comprise of two main elements: sound and the silence between sounds. Gagaku music, which expresses the functions of the universe according to the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, provides the conceptual basis to Chatori’s compositions which present a balance between meditative repetition and its hysterical demolition.

    For Inner Fields, Chatori Shimizu will be performing the shō, a traditional Japanese meditative instrument which places importance on the “間” (pronounced Ma), which literally means “silent spaces between sounds”. The shō instrument is considered to be a part of a player’s body since it produces sound according to the player’s in and out breath. Chatori will perform the shō alongside his sound installation ‘Somewhere Close’, where contact microphones will be attached to different specimens of wood and through adjustments in frequency, the audience will be able to hear “nature singing”. The performance will also include paintings by TARO. ‘Somewhere Close’ was first exhibited at Pioneer Works in 2014 and it will be the US premiere of Chatori’s shō compositions ‘Shiki to Unkai III’ and ‘Shinkaigyo’.

Ensemble Pamplemousse @ DiMenna Center

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    Ensemble Pamplemousse

    Tuesday May 19, 8pm
    DiMenna Center, Cary Hall : 450 W 37th St, bet. 9th and 10th aves.

    Pamplemousse presents a potpourri of proliferous explosions through exquisitely intertwined introversion and exhibitionism. Bookended by the US premiere of Steven Takasugi’s spectacular piano solo Die Klavierübung and Eoin Callery’s death-defying large ensemble work Morning in the Manor, the three Pamplemousse coldcuts feature the extremes of silent solitude ([33 Words]), extravagant miscommunication (Child of Chimera), and reinterpretation of Life Itself, as seen through the eye of a slide whistle (Still Mistitled).

    Steve Takasugi : Die Klavierübung
    for piano and electronics
    Andrew Greenwald : [33 Words]
    for solo soprano saxophone
    Bryan Jacobs : Still Mistitled*
    for 2 computer-controlled slide whistles, violin, and cello
    Natacha Diels : Child of Chimera*
    for 3 performers
    Eoin Callery : Morning in the Manor
    for flute, oboe, saxophone, violin, cello, piano, and voice

    * Brand-new!

    Performed by Ensemble Pamplemousse : Natacha Diels, flute; Kiku Enomoto, violin; Jessie Marino, cello; Dave Broome, piano; Andrew Greenwald, drums; Bryan Jacobs, electronics
    with guest artists Amanda DeBoer, voice; Ryan Muncy, sax; Sky Macklay, oboe; and James Ilgenfritz, bass.

Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) talk at CMC


    Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) talk at CMC

    Tuesday, May 5th – 5:30pm
    Prentis Hall 320H

    Please join us for an interview with Nate Young, led by composer, DMA alum, and adjunct professor Mario Diaz de Leon.

    Nate Young (b. 1977) is a Detroit-based American musician best known for his work in the group Wolf Eyes. Created by Young in 1998, the now-legendary noise group defined the genre in the American DIY underground. In the decade that followed, Wolf Eyes toured the world, released reams of records, collaborated with luminaries including Anthony Braxton and Merzbow, and generally enamored and influenced a generation. A skilled workbench electrician, Young has always involved hand-built devices and reconstituted consumer electronics in his practice, while his visual works have served as packaging and covers for hundreds of releases. Young’s music has been released by Sub Pop, NNA Tapes, Hospital Productions, Rockatansky Records (Tokyo), iDEAL, and Young’s own AA Records.

Film Presentation: “Naptown Rock Radio Wars”


    This Emmy award-winning film takes the viewer on a journey through the silver age of rock n roll radio broadcasting in a medium sized market – The formats, the personalities, the business models, and the promotions. One of the most incendiary hotbeds of creativity would be found in the Midwest at an experimental FM radio station. This documentary chronicles the war waged in the battle for listeners. It was a rock n roll death match, and listeners had the ringside seats.

    The Filmmaker David Fulton
    A graduate of Ball State University, David has put together sales presentations for Fortune 500 companies, been a punk rocker, worked in broadcast newsrooms, and currently specializes in producing documentaries about accident victims. Dave also worked extensively with CMC Director Brad Garton back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ask and you shall learn!

    when: 1:30 PM, Friday May 1
    where: CMC, room 320H (Prentis, 632 w. 125th Street)
    free and open to the public
    contact garton – at – for more information
    film information link

The Wet Ink Large Ensemble plays Columbia Composers


    April 25th marks the return of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, Wet Ink’s extended performing group devoted to bringing exciting new works for large forces to New York for the first time.

    We are very pleased to be presenting this exciting program of premieres by Columbia University graduate students in composition. The program includes works by Stylianos Dimou, Chris Trapani, Sky Macklay, Ryan Pratt (featuring Marina Kifferstein, guest violin soloist), Ashkan Behzadi, and Nina Young, all of whom are exciting and innovative voices in contemporary composition.

    Please join us at the DiMenna Center on April 25th for what is sure to be a special concert! Free admission, and reception to follow.

    Laura Cocks, flutes
    Karisa Antonio, oboe
    Liam Kinson, clarinets
    Alex Mincek, saxophone
    David Byrd Marrow, horn
    Peter Evans, trumpet
    William Lang, trombone
    Jacqui Kerrod, harp
    Ian Antonio, percussion
    Russell Greenberg, percussion
    Laura Barger, piano
    Josh Modney, violin
    Erica Dicker, violin
    Erin Wight, viola
    Mariel Roberts, cello
    Andrew Roitstein, double bass
    Sam Pluta, electronics
    Eric Wubbels, conductor
    with Marina Kifferstein, guest violin soloist

    Saturday, April 25th, 2015
    The DiMenna Center
    450 W 20th St.
    free admission | reception to follow

Pierre Tremblay at the CMC

    At 1:00 PM, Friday (4.17.2015), room 320H Prentis composer/programmer/improviser/sound-artist Pierre Tremblay will present

    “On Blurring Taxonomies: a Constructive Convergences of Practices”

    In this presentation, Pierre Alexandre will introduce his musical biases on
    improvisation, composition, studio, liveness, techniques and collaboration;
    then he will highlight their converging consequences in his latest works
    (chamber mixed music for concert hall and/or jazz club, and fixed media
    pieces), and in his Huddersfield studio lab’s projects ( This
    will be followed by discussions, questions and hands-on examples if

    his London-based contemporary jazz project:

    Open and free to all…

“Tokyo to New York” Concert at Tenri Cultural Institute

    “Tokyo to New York” Concert at Tenri Cultural Institute
    New Music by Tokyo & NYC Composers

    Including works from CMC/Sound Arts composers Chatori Shimizu: NEONS (U.S. Premier) and Joshua Mailman: Drunk Dragonfly Blues (World Premier).

    With works by: Yoshihiko Banno, Gilbert Galindo, Masatora Goya, Tomo Hirayama, Miyuki Ito, Paul Yeon Lee, David Loeb, Joshua Mailman, Jun Nagao, Fernando Otero, Gene Pritsker, Chatori Shimizu, Hifumi Shimoyama, Tomoko Uzawa, Atsushi Yoshinaka

    Thomas Piercy (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet & Hichiriki)
    Taka Kigawa (Piano)
    Pablo Aslan (Bass)
    James Nyoraku Schlefer (Shakuhachi)

    Sunday, April 19th at 4pm

    Tenri Cultural Institute
    43A W. 13th St. NY, NY 10011

Wet Ink Presents @ Trans-Pecos: HPrizm, the Miz’Ries, Premature Burial, Headless Monkey Attack


    Wet Ink Presents @ Trans-Pecos: HPrizm, the Miz’Ries, Premature Burial, Headless Monkey Attack

    Thursday, April 9 at 8:30pm – 11:00pm

    Trans Pecos
    915 Wycoff Ave, Queens, New York 11385

    On Thursday, April 9th, we’ll have the third event in the Wet Ink Ensemble Presents series at Trans-Pecos NY.

    This show features a performance by HPrizm (a.k.a. producer/rapper High Priest of Anti-pop Consortium), The Miz’Ries (noise pop band featuring Leila Adu, Jeff Snyder and Quinn Collins), Headless Monkey Attack (electronic/percussion weirdness by Ryan Carter and Dennis Sullivan), and the powerhouse improvisational brass trio Premature Burial (Dan Peck on tuba, Peter Evans on trumpet, and Matt Nelson on sax).

    This will be a blast, it’s not one to miss!

    doors open at 8PM, music will start at 8:30 sharp.