Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 28, 2018

2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Student composition | July 28 |  Campanile (Sather Tower)

 Department of Music

The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley.

The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others.

Featured performers will include University Carillonist Jeff Davis, and Berkeley carillonists David...   More >

Sunday, July 29, 2018

2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Student composition | July 29 |  Campanile (Sather Tower)

 Department of Music

The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley.

The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others.

Featured performers will include University Carillonist Jeff Davis, and Berkeley carillonists David...   More >

Friday, September 7, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Franck Bedrossian, UC Berkeley

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 7 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize in Composition. In 2002–2003 he was in...   More >

Friday, September 14, 2018

Colloquium: Jonathan Glasser, College of William and Mary: The Muslim-Jewish Musical Question in Algeria and Its Borderlands

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 14 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >

Friday, September 21, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Oren Boneh, UC Berkeley

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 21 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Composer and trumpeter Oren Boneh writes music characterized by its energy and dynamism. Its foundation is made up of vastly contrasting characters, ranging from abrasive and mechanical to humorous and supple. The music plays with listener expectations of the characters’ behaviors in order to create unpredictability and friction.

Oren has been commissioned and performed internationally by...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Colloquium:Delia Casadei, UC Berkeley: Contagion, Erasure, and Laughter as the Reproduction of Sound in Two 1890s Laughing Songs

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 28 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >

Friday, October 5, 2018

Colloquium: Menachem Wiesenberg and Taiseer Elias

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 5 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

Israeli composer/pianist Menachem Wiesenberg, professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and oud player Taiseer Elias, professor at the University of Haifa, will speak about their musical collaborations following their “Encounters” concert, which they will perform with cellist Hillel Zori in Hertz Hall at 12:15 on Oct. 5. These events are the culmination of a week-long residency by...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Sarah Grace Graves and James Stone

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 5 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library | Note change in date

 Department of Music

Houston performer-composer SARAH-GRACE GRAVES seeks to reclaim intimacy as something powerful and power as something intimate. Her music explores the experience of sound as it moves, in relation to itself and to the listener. In spring 2018 she created Aeolia, a site-specific work for five sopranos, for Josiah McElheny’s installation Island Universe. She premiered it with Sarah Bauer, Sophie...   More >

Colloquium:Andrew Hicks Cornell University: Listening Otherwise in and to Classical Persian Poetry

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Andrew Hicks’ research focuses on the intellectual history of early musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective that embraces philosophical, cosmological, scientific and grammatical discourse in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and spans the linguistic and cultural spheres of Latin, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. His first book, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic...   More >

Monday, October 8, 2018

Psoy Korolenko: concert by the Russian avant-garde pianist and singer

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 8 | 5:30 p.m. |  Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Psoy performs his own and others' songs, accompanying himself to keyboard instruments, mainly a Casio synthesizer in accordion timbre. Experimenting with quite various song traditions he sings in about six or seven languages, most frequently in Russian, Yiddish, English and French.

Free and open to the public

Friday, October 12, 2018

Colloquium: AMS talks by Alessandra Jones, Gabrielle Lochard, and Danielle Simon

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 12 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Thursday, October 18, 2018

BODY MUSIC: The Oldest Music on the Planet

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 18 | 5 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Body Music, also known as Body Percussion and Body Drumming, is the oldest music on the planet. Before people were hollowing logs and slapping rocks, they were using their bodies to stomp, clap, sing, snap and grunt their musical ideas. There are many traditional Body Musics in the world, from African-American Hambone and Flamenco Palmas to Sumatran Saman and Ethiopian Armpit music. Join our...   More >

Friday, October 19, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Didem Coskunseven and Selim Goncu

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 19 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Didem Coskunseven contemporary music composer who lives and works in Istanbul.


Selim Göncü finished his bachelor studies in composition at the University Mozarteum of Salzburg, graduating in 2012. He also served as assistant to the department for composition in Mozarteum for two years.
He attended workshops by distinguished composers like Philippe Leroux, Georg Friedrich Haas, Francesco...   More >

Colloquium: Louise Meintjes, Duke University: Ululation

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Free and open to the public

Friday, November 2, 2018

Colloquium: Farazaneh Hemmasi University of Toronto: “Performing Suffering in Popular Music, Public Culture, and Scholarship"

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 2 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hugues Leclère

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 6 | 6 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

TIME TBA

Born in France in 1968, Hugues Leclère perfected his playing with Catherine Collard before entering first nominated the Conservatoire National Superieur de musique de Paris, from which he graduated with high honors in piano, music theory, and chamber music.

He performs all other the world, in the USA (Cleveland, Bloomington, Boston, San Antonio…) and Canada (Montreal), in far east...   More >

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Chamber Orchestra Concert

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 11 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Jennifer Huang, conductor

Mozart - Symphony No. 39
Kyle Ko, Grady Lai, conductors

free

Monday, November 12, 2018

Tana Quartet

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 12 |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

TIME TBA

Tana invented the quartet of the twenty first century. The are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet.



Recognized by The Guardian as "impeccable players", the quartet is a recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet - CEMC Foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian...   More >

Friday, November 16, 2018

Colloquium: Naomi Waltham-Smith University of Pennsylvania: Sound Activism from Sharon Hayes to Ultra-red

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 16 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

Naomi Waltham-Smith is a theorist of sound and listening. In her research and creative projects, she is interested in how music and sound are implicated in some of the most significant and urgent political issues in our world today. Her work sits at the intersection of continental philosophy, sound studies, and music theory, and her interests extend from late 18th- and early 19th-century music to...   More >

Friday, November 30, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Franck Bedrossian

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 30 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize in Composition. In 2002–2003 he was in...   More >

Colloquium: David Yearsley (Cornell University): Bach Laughs

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 30 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

David Yearsley was educated at Harvard College and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 1994. At Cornell he continues to pursue his interests in the teaching, history, literature and performance of music. His musicological work investigates literary, social, and theological contexts for music and music making, and while he focuses on J. S. Bach, he has written on...   More >

Friday, January 25, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Ned McGowan

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | January 25 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Flutist & composer

Ned McGowan (1970) is a flutist and contemporary classical music composer, born in the United States, living in the Netherlands. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists. As a flutist he plays...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Ned McGowan (Leiden, HKU): Speed in Music, Brain and Body

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | January 25 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Speed, as a function of time, is full of enlightening musical character. Take some common terms to describe tempo in music: largo (broadly), adagio (slow and stately), allegro (fast, quickly and bright), vivacissimo (very fast and lively). Formulated by humans, speed is relational, and it reveals aspects about how we think and feel.



McGowan's aim in this artistic research is to dissect...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Olivia Bloechl (University of Pittsburgh: Opera’s Post-Human Voices of Trauma

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | January 25 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Bloechl is a music historian and cultural theorist with wide-ranging interests clustered in the early modern period (1500-1800) and the recent past. Her historical research and teaching emphasize European early music, French opera in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, early Atlantic colonialism, and racial representation in musical theater before 1800.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Etienne Charles

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | February 1 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Over its century-plus history, jazz has forged its shape-shifting identity by encompassing a rainbow of musical dialects in an improvisation-infused setting. While jazz's potency launched into popular appeal based on the integration of the European classical music sensibility and the grassroots of African-American cultural heritage, it has not remained a static idiom. Indeed, jazz has become...   More >

Friday, February 8, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Michael Pisaro

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | February 8 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

MICHAEL PISARO was born in Buffalo in 1961.

He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop, Calarts.

His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues.

It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days...   More >

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Olly Wilson Memorial Symposium

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | February 16 | 12:30 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

12:30-1 Gather and Greet

1:00-1:15 Welcome with Professors Cindy Cox and Edmund Campion, Department of Music, UC Berkeley

1:15 There is a Need (2005), for soprano and piano, by Olly Wilson

Candace Johnson, Soprano – Department of Music, UC Berkeley

Michael S. Orland, Piano – Department of Music, UC Berkeley

1:30 Robert Greenberg – Historian, Composer, Pianist, Speaker,...   More >

Friday, February 22, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Stanford graduate composers

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | February 22 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

The DMA in composition is offered to a limited number of students who demonstrate substantial training in the field and high promise of attainment as composers. Students may work in traditional and/or electronic forms. Breadth is achieved through studies in other branches of music and in relevant fields outside of music, as desirable. In addition to formal coursework and independent study,...   More >

Friday, March 1, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Jimmy Lopez

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | March 1 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

“One of the most interesting composers anywhere today” (Chicago Sun-Times), with a distinct voice that is “adventurous and winning” (Denver Post) López has created works performed by such renowned ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Neil Verma (Northwestern University: Screamlines: Anatomy and Geology of Radio

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Music Studies Colloquium | March 1 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Neil Verma
Neil Verma is assistant professor in Radio/Television/Film. He teaches in the Screen Cultures PhD program and the MA program in Sound Arts and Industries, where he is also associate director. He is author of Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama (Chicago, 2012), winner of the Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is...   More >

Friday, March 8, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: Will Straw (McGill U): Night, Noise and the Urbanization of Musical Politics

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Music Studies Colloquium | March 8 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies. He has been Visiting Professor at the Open University (Budapest), the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Belgrade. He is also Adjunct Research Professor in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University.

Professor Straw has a Bachelor degree in Film Studies, and...   More >

Friday, March 15, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Jeffrey Jacob

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | March 15 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Described by the Warsaw Music Journal as “unquestionably one of the greatest performers of 20th century music,” and the New York Times as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction,” Jeffrey Jacob received his education from the Juilliard School (Master of Music) and the Peabody Conservatory (Doctorate) and counts as his principal teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Carlo Zecchi, and Leon...   More >

Friday, April 5, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Aviya Kopelman

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | April 5 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Aviya Kopelman is a leading Israeli composer, born in Moscow, raised in Jerusalem and living in Tel-Aviv. Since 2014 she serves as the Composer-in-Residence of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Right upon her graduation recital, Aviya grabbed the attention of all of Israel’s major newspapers, that described her music as “distinct, radical, pure, expressive, dramatic, and personal”.

One of the...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Travis Jackson (Chicago): Children of the New World, circa 1953: Inequality and the Twinned Histories of Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Music Studies Colloquium | April 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jackson interested, above all, in two intertwined processes: the ones through which musical sounds come into being and those that occur when groups and individuals engage with sounds—through listening, dancing, writing, etc. Much of his work, then, sits at the place where ideas about composition, recording and distribution meet those about reception and its embeddedness in culture, society, race,...   More >

Friday, April 12, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Linda Bouchard

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | April 12 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.) | Canceled

 Department of Music

Born in Québec, Canada, Linda Bouchard has been an active composer, orchestrator, conductor, and producer for over thirty-five years.

Winner of both Composer of the Year from the Conseil Québecois de la Culture and the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts in 1999, Bouchard just received the Fleck Fellowship from The Banff Centre in fall 2015. Her honors in the United...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Annette Richards (Cornell University): ”Against Sympathy: Maria Theresia von Paradis and the Performance of Blindness”

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Music Studies Colloquium | April 12 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Annette Richards is Professor of Music and University Organist at Cornell, and the Executive Director of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. She is a performer and scholar with a specialty in 18th-century music and aesthetics, and interdisciplinary research into music, literature and visual culture. She is founding editor of Keyboard Perspectives, a yearbook dedicated to...   More >

Friday, April 19, 2019

Composition Colloquium: debrief from BNMP/Quince project

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | April 19 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

he Berkeley New Music Project is a group dedicated to the performance of new music by the graduate student composers in UC Berkeley’s Department of Music. Supported by funding from the Department of Music, Townsend Center and the Graduate Assembly, BNMP presents at least two concerts per year as part of the Hertz Hall evening concert series featuring new compositions by graduate student and...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Tamara Levitz (UCLA): The Quest for Variants: Settler Colonial Listening Strategies in the Foundation of U.S. Musicology

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Music Studies Colloquium | April 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Tamara Levitz is a musicologist from Montréal, Canada who currently holds a position as Professor of Musicology at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. She has published widely on musical modernism in Germany, Cuba, Senegal, and France in the 1920s and 30s. Combining extensive archival research with acute critical interpretation, Levitz explores in her work the artistic intentions, complex...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Scott Wheeler

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | April 26 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Scott Wheeler is an award-winning composer, conductor, pianist and teacher with a multifaceted career. Although his chamber and orchestral music shows a wide range, it is his prominent profile as a composer of vocal and operatic music that defines his career and artistic personality. Wheeler’s most recent full-length opera is Naga, on a libretto of Cerise Jacobs, co-commissioned by White Snake...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: David Garcia (North Carolina): “When the Borders First Crossed Us: A Latinx Musicology for the Age of Trumpism"

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Music Studies Colloquium | April 26 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

David Garcia (Associate Professor) holds degrees in music from the California State University, Long Beach (B.M. in composition, 1995), University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A. in ethnomusicology, 1997), and The City University of New York, The Graduate Center (Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, 2003). Published in MUSICultures, Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, and...   More >

Friday, May 3, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Katie Balch

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | May 3 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Called "intricate" and an "exquisite sound world" by icareifyoulisten, Katherine's music has been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo, Minnesota, Oregon, and Albany Symphony Orchestras, American Composer's Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Antico Moderno, FLUX Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, wild Up, Contemporaneous, and Concert Artists Guild, among others, in such venues...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Svanibor Pettan (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia): Minorities in a War-Peace Continuum: How Applied Ethnomusicology Can Help

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Music Studies Colloquium | May 3 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Svanibor Pettan studied ethnomusicology in Croatia (B.A.), Slovenia (M.A.), and USA (Ph.D.). He researched music in his native Croatia, Slovenia, in the Balkans (particularly in Kosovo), Africa (Tanzania, Egypt), Australia, and USA. At the University of Oslo he became involved with applied ethnomusicology through the Bosnian-Norwegian project" Azra."
His specialties include Balkan Gypsy music,...   More >

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tony Newcomb Memorial Performance

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | May 4 | 2 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

free

Friday, May 10, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Nathaniel Stookey

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Composition Colloquium | May 10 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

First commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony at age 17, Nathaniel Stookey has collaborated with many of the world's great orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The National Symphony, The Toronto Symphony, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and The Hallé Orchestra, where he was...   More >