22.Mar.2016 George Lewis on “Composition as Ethnography”

By | March 16, 2016

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 22nd, 10:00AM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


This talk places pressure on the border separating creative work from academic research, through an examination of a number of cases from my own work as a composer and interactive artist. The works I discuss range from computer music performance and interactive installations to opera, and were all developed through a combination of ethnographic method, historical and archival work, and analysis of musical and social practice.


georgelewis6b EmilyPeragine credit V2 cropGeorge Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Lewis has received a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Lewis has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, and his widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself:  The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s Music in American Culture Award.  His creative work as composer, improvisor, and computer/installation artist is documented on more than 140 recordings, and has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, International Contemporary Ensemble, Musee des Sciences et des Industries La Villette, Ensemble Dal Niente, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. In 2015, his opera, Afterword, received its UK premiere at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and he received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh.