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Wang Lu’s “Surge,” given its world premiere at the top of the show, is the product of an initiative by the League of American Orchestras to commission new works from six composers — all women — that will be guaranteed performances from ensembles across the country.
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“Listening In” is a column dedicated to sound, music, and listening practices in contemporary art and its spaces. This section focuses on how listening practices are being investigated and reconfigured by artists working across disciplines in the twenty-second century. The latest episode of "Listening In" is dedicated to C/D, an artistic duo comprising sound designer, installation artist, and Brown University PhD candidate Kamari Carter and artist, composer, and writer Julian Day. After meeting at Columbia University and having worked individually on audio dispersal, the two started to collaborate, focusing their practice and research around ambiguities of surveillance and sousveillance and the complex ethics of broadcasting and listening.
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From the article "In soccer-crazed Argentina, ‘Muchachos’ carries the dreams of a country"

Argentina, one of the most soccer-obsessed countries in the world, has a long history of fans rewriting the lyrics of popular songs to cheer on their local teams. The practice can be traced at least to the 1950s, when working-class fans of the Boca Juniors sports club in Buenos Aires purloined an anthem of the country’s populist Peronist movement, said Luis Achondo, a postdoctoral fellow at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago who is writing a book about songs at soccer games in Latin America.

“From there the culture has grown and grown, and in the Argentine stadiums you sing without stopping,” Achondo said.
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Nontokozo Sihwa aka Venus Ex Machina Featured in The Wire

The Wire Publishes "Venus Rising," a feature on PhD Candidate Nontokozo Sihwa aka Venus Ex Machina on the heels of Sihwa's latest release of new music, Doxa.
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A line of students that stretched across the Main Green filed into Sayles Hall on Halloween night, buzzing with excitement as they took in the decorative cobwebs adorning the building’s balcony. The decorations come every year to Sayles, a key part of University Organist Mark Steinbach’s annual Midnight Halloween Organ Recital. Halfway through his performance Steinbach answered a solemn knock on the Sayles Hall balcony door. To the astonishment of the nearly 500 students in attendance, President Christina Paxson P’19 emerged in a witch costume, marking her first time joining Steinbach for the event, according to Steinbach.
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Arlene Cole, Beating Heart of Our Department, Passes at 79

The Department of Music hosts an event on September 30, 2022 to celebrate Arlene, and a special website will be published this month where friends, family, alumni, and colleagues can share their memories. Details follow below.
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Audio artist and PhD candidate in Music & Multimedia Composition Will Johnson has been busy in 2022. Johnson composed music and sound for the podcast "Love Thy Neighbor," and he is one of the artists collaborating on exhibitions at MoMA and the University of Johannesburg.
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Visiting Lecturer in Music Ivan Tan discussed the relatively unknown cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” by instrumental band Booker T. and the MG’s in a talk presented by the Department of Music at the Orwig Music Hall Monday. Titled “McLemore Avenue,” the album sought to tinker with the Beatles’ innovative style, bringing new flavors of blues and R&B to the music that defined a generation.
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Eric Nathan received a Midcareer Research Achievement Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research for his compositions for vocal and instrumental live performance.

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One of our faculty, Dr. Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, features in a segment from the daily global news program The World. Listen to the 8-minute interview with Professor Lumumba-Kasongo during which she speaks about video game culture and Afrofuturism, vital themes in her work as the rapper and producer Sammus.
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Honoring the Achievements of Our Seniors in Music

At this time of year, we traditionally gather in person to recognize the academic excellence of our Senior Concentrators, celebrate the achievements of students who earned Awards, and host an in-person Commencement ceremony.
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Luis Achondo, Ph.D. candidate in Musicology and Ethnomusicology, was awarded the James T. Koetting Prize of the Northeastern Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology for his essay “The Hinchada that Other Hinchadas Listen to: Authorship, Ownership, and Creativity among Soccer Fans of San Lorenzo de Almagro."
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Wang Lu Wins 2021 Award in Music from the Academy of Arts and Letters

Composer Wang Lu, a David Josephson Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University, won the Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award in Music from the Academy of Arts and Letters in recognition of her artistic excellence as a composer.
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Feb 1 Study Group: Brown's Report on Slavery and Justice

This semester, we will kick off our ongoing reading group on Music and Race by taking a step away from music, to join our incoming first-year students in reading the 2006 Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice.
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On January 15, 2021, composer Philip Glass' record label Orange Mountain Music released GLASS BACH DRESDEN a new recording featuring Brown University Organist Mark Steinbach performing on the 1755 Gottfried Silbermann organ in Dresden's Kathedrale St. Trinitatis. Stream, purchase a digital download or a CD here: http://smarturl.it/8uvdzk
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A Preview of Music at Brown this Fall

We are looking forward to welcoming our musical community back, whether you will be on campus or studying remoting.
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