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Nick Seaver

Nick Seaver (Tufts University)

Tuesday, September 22 at 3:15 pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
Overwhelmed, Alone, Uncool: Visions of the Listener in Algorithmic Recommendation
VIRTUAL Free and open to all.
JOIN THE EVENT (password 408845)

I study how people who make technology deal with cultural materials. My current book project, Computing Taste, draws on several years of ethnographic research and interviews with US-based developers of algorithmic music recommender systems – services that model their users' taste. Where popular critical accounts presume that engineers inevitably misunderstand culture, I instead examine how they theorize about culture and technology – what they are and how they should interact. These theories can have broad consequences, as they shape the design and evolution of influential algorithmic systems.

Ashon Crowley

Ashon Crawley (University of Virginia)

Tuesday, September 29 at 3:15 pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
VIRTUAL Free and open to all.
JOIN THE EVENT (password 934032)
Notes for a Cassette: The Hammond Organ and Blackqueer Gathering

“It occurs in the music. From attempting to figure out which R&B singer is gay to which rapper has queer relations, music is the place of unsettled sexualities. To ask why are the choir directors, and maybe musicians too, all gay is to ask what occurred such that music has become the place in black sociality in which blackqueerness is a question, is a problem, worth thinking about. In this lecture I present some of my ongoing research about the Hammond organ, black spiritual sociality and blackqueer possibility. I will discuss the recording technology of the cassette tape and two church boys in love named Brian and William.”

Musics Abroad Seminar

Musics Abroad

Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm
Katherine Lee (UCLA)
Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form: Samul Nori's Global Circulations
VIRTUAL: REGISTER HERE
Free and open to all.

Katherine In-Young Lee discusses research from her recently published book, Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (Wesleyan University Press 2018). Dynamic Korea explores how the percussion genre known as samul nori—created in 1978 in South Korea—came to be a global music genre. In many ways, samul nori can be viewed as one of South Korea’s first successful cultural exports, traveling well before the advent of K-pop. Based on both ethnographic research and close formal analysis, this lecture gives attention to the kinetic experience of samul nori, drawing out the concept of dynamism to show its historical, philosophical, and pedagogical dimensions. In tandem with this analysis she will highlight one of the case studies in her book—a Korean percussion ensemble based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. This community ensemble has included Korean adoptees and their adoptive American families, recent Korean immigrants, Korean Americans, and non-Koreans since its founding in 2004.

Parker Quartet

Parker Quartet LIVE STREAMED

Friday, October 16 at 8pm
STREAMING on Harvard Music Department YOUTUBE channel: check back for link info
Bartok String Quartet No. 3
Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

URL will be posted in September. Event will be available through Sunday, October 18th at midnight. Free and open to all.
The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet is renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors. The group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music.

Naomi Andre

Naomi Andre (University of Michigan)

Tuesday, October 20 at 3:15 pm
VIRTUAL: JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password: 893967)
Barwick Colloquium Series
Free and open to all.
Andre's research focuses on opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race. Her publications include topics on Italian opera, Schoenberg, women composers, and teaching opera in prisons. She recently published Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement with University of Illinois Press, a monograph on staging race and history in opera today in the United States and South Africa (more information available here).

Throwdown

Throwdown

Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

What's a Throw-Down, you might ask?! It's a fun, informal event where students and faculty can share performance projects that they're working on in a friendly environment; solo or with others, new or old music, and it can be a movement/excerpt of something or an entire work. Anything goes!

Throwdown

Throwdown

Wednesday, November 4 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

What's a Throw-Down, you might ask?! It's a fun, informal event where students and faculty can share performance projects that they're working on in a friendly environment; solo or with others, new or old music, and it can be a movement/excerpt of something or an entire work. Anything goes!

Thomas Ankersmit

Thomas Ankersmit, musician and sound artist

Tuesday, November 17 at 3:15 pm
VIRTUAL: JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password: 754321)
Barwick Colloquium Series: "Experimenting and Composing with the Serge Modular Synthesizer." Free and open to all.

Thomas Ankersmit is based in Berlin and Amsterdam. He plays the Serge Modular synthesizer, both live and in the studio, and combines intricate sonic detail and raw electric power with a very physical and spatial experience of sound. Acoustic phenomena such as infrasound and otoacoustic emissions (sounds emanating from inside the head, generated by the ears themselves) play an important role in his work, as does a deliberate, creative misuse of the equipment.

Musics Abroad Seminar

Musics Abroad

Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 pm
Ulrike Präger
VIRTUAL: Zoom link to come. Free and open to all.

"Musics Abroad" will take a global and comparative approach to music and mobility in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, with particular attention to music and musicians within new diaspora communities established in recent decades. The seminar will investigate the roles that music plays in transmitting and sustaining aspects of expatriate musical life abroad, in domains ranging from religious orders to popular entertainment.

Throwdown

Throwdown

Wednesday, November 18 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

What's a Throw-Down, you might ask?! It's a fun, informal event where students and faculty can share performance projects that they're working on in a friendly environment; solo or with others, new or old music, and it can be a movement/excerpt of something or an entire work. Anything goes!

Parker Quartet

Parker Quartet LIVE STREAMED

Friday, November 20 at 8pm
STREAMING on Harvard Music Department YOUTUBE channel
Hans Abrahamsen, String Quartet no. 4
Schumann, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, no. 2

This event is free on Harvard Music Department YouTube channel.
Link will be posted in November; event will be available through Sunday, November 22 at midnight. Free and open to all.

Alicia Jones

Alisha Lola Jones (Indiana University)

Tuesday, November 24 at 3:15 pm
VIRTUAL: Zoom link to come.
Barwick Colloquium Series: "God Don't Need No Matches, He's Fire All By Himself: Musical Masculinities and The Art of Enflaming Worship"

Alisha Lola Jones, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; her recent book is Flaming? The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance

Throwdown

Throwdown

Wednesday, December 2 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

What's a Throw-Down, you might ask?! It's a fun, informal event where students and faculty can share performance projects that they're working on in a friendly environment; solo or with others, new or old music, and it can be a movement/excerpt of something or an entire work. Anything goes!

HYDRA

HYDRA Concerts

Friday, December 11 at 8:00 pm
HYDRA Concerts
New Works from HUSEAC
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra is a sound projection system designed for the performance of electroacoustic music with or without the participation of instrumentalists. A loudspeaker orchestra consists of loudspeakers distributed throughout a performance space used for the spatial diffusion of an electroacoustic work.

HYDRA

HYDRA Concerts

Friday, December 12 at 8:00 pm
HYDRA Concerts
New Works from HUSEAC
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra is a sound projection system designed for the performance of electroacoustic music with or without the participation of instrumentalists. A loudspeaker orchestra consists of loudspeakers distributed throughout a performance space used for the spatial diffusion of an electroacoustic work.

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2020 Fall Season



DUE TO HARVARD'S EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID19, this fall's events will be virtual.


We wish we could be together but look forward to seeing you again as soon as we can.
Information and links will be updated frequently.


Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm
Humanities Center Seminar: Musics Abroad
Richard K. Wolf
(Harvard University)
Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm Free
Richard K. Wolf (Harvard University)
VIRTUAL: Register to join the event here
Film discussion: "Two Poets and a River"
On opposite sides of the Oxus River border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan live two poet-singers who share a common language, faith, and family network, and yet remain separated by vicissitudes of the Great Game, the 19th-century conflict between the British Empire and Czarist Russia. Ethnomusicologist Richard Wolf has been contemplating the rupture that exists across this divide in “Two Poets and a River,” a film in progress about poet-singers Qurbonsho in Tajikistan and Daulatsho in Afghanistan. Read more here.

Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 948399)

Tuesday September 22, 2020 at 3:15pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
Nick Seaver (Tufts University): Overwhelmed, Alone, Uncool: Visions of the Listener in Algorithmic Recommendation
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 408845)
Free and open to all.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Barwick Colloquium
Ashon Crawley (UVA)
Notes for a Cassette: The Hammond Organ and Blackqueer Gathering
“It occurs in the music. From attempting to figure out which R&B singer is gay to which rapper has queer relations, music is the place of unsettled sexualities. To ask why are the choir directors, and maybe musicians too, all gay is to ask what occurred such that music has become the place in black sociality in which blackqueerness is a question, is a problem, worth thinking about. In this lecture I present some of my ongoing research about the Hammond organ, black spiritual sociality and blackqueer possibility. I will discuss the recording technology of the cassette tape and two church boys in love named Brian and William.”
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password: 934032)
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm
Humanities Center Seminar: Musics Abroad
Katherine Lee
(UCLA)
Zoom link and details to come.
Free and open to all.

Friday, October 16 at 8pm
STREAMING on the Harvard Music Department YOUTUBE channel
The Parker Quartet from Paine Hall, LIVE
Bartok String Quartet No. 3
Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

Event will be available through Sunday, October 18th at midnight.
Link available in September. Free and open to all.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 3:15pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
Naomi Andre (University of Michigan)
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 893967)
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

Wednesday, November 4 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

Tuesday, November 17 at 3:15 pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
Thomas Ankersmit, musician and sound artist: "Experimenting and Composing with the Serge Modular Synthesizer."
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 754321)
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm
Humanities Center Seminar: Musics Abroad
Ulrike Präger

Zoom link and details to come.
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, November 18 at 8pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

Friday, November 20 at 8pm
STREAMING on YOUTUBE
The Parker Quartet from Paine Hall, LIVE
Hans Abrahamsen, String Quartet no. 4
Schumann, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, no. 2

Event will be available through Sunday, November 22 at midnight.
Link available in September. Free and open to all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Barwick Colloquium
Alicia Lola Jones (Indiana University): "God Don't Need No Matches, He's Fire All By Himself: Musical Masculinities and The Art of Enflaming Worship"
Jones is Assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the author of Flaming? The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance
Zoom link and details to come.
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, December 2 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event.

Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12 at 8pm
HYDRA Concerts
New Works from HUSEAC
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event. HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra is a sound projection system designed for the performance of electroacoustic music with or without the participation of instrumentalists. A loudspeaker orchestra consists of loudspeakers distributed throughout a performance space used for the spatial diffusion of an electroacoustic work.