Events

Upcoming Concert by Seven)Suns, Dec. 1

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The Voices Up! concert series presents Seven)Suns at

Fordham University Lincoln Center, 12th floor lounge

Thursday, December 1, 7:30PM

Free Admission

SEVEN)SUNS is the first classical/metal/hardcore string quartet. Its repertoire is drawn from works by the members of the group, reimagined string quartet versions of metal and hardcore songs, and music from the Western art music tradition.

SEVEN)SUNS has played The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, The Cell Theater, Firehouse Space, Shapeshifter Lab, and The Knitting Factory. They held a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire last summer and will return there in summer 2017. They are the recipients of a generous grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to write and perform a piece tentatively entitled “Songs of the Voiceless” based on their visits to Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City.

Music by Arvo Pärt, Earl Meneein, Kenny Grohowski, Ben Weiman, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle, and the premiere of Mosaics by Lawrence Kramer.

Subways: 59th St. Columbus Circle (1, B, D, A), 66th St. Lincoln Center (1). Entrance to Fordham’s Lowenstein Building on the NW Corner of 60th St. and Columbus Ave.

 

 

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Upcoming Concert by Zentripetal Saturday, Oct. 15

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Jennifer DeVore, cello and Lynn Bechtold, violin. Photo by Robert Morton.

As part of the Literary Partners Program, Zentripetal, the violin and cello duo, presents

“Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins Again”

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 4:00 PM

Poets House, 10 River Terrace (at Murray Street)

Admission Free (more…)

Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History

A promising conference on historical sound studies, Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History, will take place April 29–30, 2016 at Stony Brook University. Plenary speakers include Emma Dillon (King’s College London), Stefan Helmreich (MIT), Alexander Rehding (Harvard), and Emily Thompson (Princeton). Final deadline for abstracts is December 31, 2015, so there’s still time to submit!

Here’s the blurb from the CFP:

Sound, like history, describes a dynamic terrain. Scholars concerned with the convergence of sound and history have, in the wake of the “sensory turn” in the humanities, worked to generate clear narratives from data that resists fixity, that seems to be in constant motion. The shared aims of sound studies and history have yielded a rich body of scholarship that interrogates, for example, the noisy illuminations of medieval songbooks, acoustic control in modern architecture, sound and the moving image, accounts of deafness and synaesthesia, and the production of aural subjects through consumer technology. The practice of thinking sound historically and history sonically is driving the growth of fresh methodologies and compelling new interpretations of sources.

Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History is co-organized by the Department of Music, Department of Philosophy, and the School of Health Technology & Management at Stony Brook University, with the aim of bringing together humanities scholars and humanistic scientists, particularly those working in sound studies. We welcome submissions for 30-minute papers, panels, and workshops from scholars in the myriad disciplines that investigate past aural cultures, including musicology, ethnomusicology, history, anthropology, medical history, art history, philosophy, religion, disability studies, acoustics, and sound studies.

Voices Up! presents Bleecker String Quartet Nov. 4

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Voices Up! is a concert series organized by Professor Lawrence Kramer of Fordham University that explores the connections between poetry and new music. This fall concert features the Bleecker String Quartet, an innovative group that plays contemporary, pop, world, classical, and crossover music. Listen to them here.

Admission is free, and the concert will be followed by a reception. You can also find the program below. The concert will be Nov. 4, 7:30PM at the 12th floor lounge of the Lowenstein building on Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus.

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Upcoming Concert and Conference: Music and the Moving Image

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Conference at Fordham University, Lincoln Center

Wednesday, August 12 – Friday, August 14

Concert at Poets House, 10 River Terrace on Saturday, August 15

all events free and open to the public

  

Wednesday, August 12, Lowenstein Building, 12th floor Lounge 113 W. 60th St.

6:45PM           Opening Reception

7:30PM           Concert

See Moving Image Concert Program for additional details.

August 12-15, Lowenstein Building, 12th floor Lounge 113 W. 60th St. and Poet’s House

See Moving Image Conference Schedule for additional details.

Sound+ Conference this weekend

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If you’re interested in a promising conference this weekend, check out the Sound+ Conference at the University of Maryland. You can see the program of speakers and panels here, and you can check out soundbites related to the conference here. It’s free to the public; just be sure to register. Below is the conference description:

Increasingly, and across a broad variety of fields, a conversation has been unfolding about the sounds that produce, surround and absorb “text.” Work on cultural sites ranging from the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance, to the resonance-chamber of Shakespeare’s Globe, to the audio compression format of the MP3, to the acoustic torture at Guantanamo Bay, has begun to challenge models in which text is understood as a predominantly visual, linguistic construct.

This conference brings together leading scholars who have helped to reconceive the relationship between sound and text. Emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of sound studies and the importance of research on the ways in which experiences of sound are culturally produced, Jonathan Sterne has written, “Sound studies should be a central meeting place where sonic imaginations go to be challenged, nurtured, refreshed and transformed.” “Sound+” offers a space to pursue this goal.

As work on soundscapes, audio technologies and acoustic ecologies continues to open up new ways of thinking about the sonic dimensions of literature, this conference invites scholars from a range of fields to address the following questions:

  • What happens when text is mediated through acoustic environments?
  • How does sound become categorized as literary?
  • How do writing and sound thread together in areas such as theater, opera, jazz, film, hip-hop, poetry, performance art, and digital literatures?
  • How does writing encode or remediate sound, and how is literature shaped by acoustic technologies from voice to byte?
  • How does sound reshape the politics of literature, and how are political acts distributed between text and sound?

Scholars of literature, rhetoric, composition, media studies, science and technology studies, art and culture studies, architecture, philosophy, political economy, the practice of politics and other fields have demonstrated the limitations of conceiving of text in purely discursive terms. This work has helped re-direct attention to the voice, to performance, and especially to listening practices that impact how we understand cultures, contexts and objects previously analyzed through approaches that privileged the eye. This conference promises to extend and expand upon those conversations.