Penn Music Colloquium Series

The Department of Music's main Colloquium Series showcases new research by leading scholars in music and sound studies and composers both in the United States and internationally.  All Music Colloquia takes place in Room 101 of the Lerner Center on Tuesdays at 5:15 PM.

 

SPRING 2023

January 24 

Richard Wicksteed, Cinematographer and Director

February 21

Yun Emily Wang, Assistant Professor of Music, Duke University

February 28

Marcos Balter, Professor of Musical Composition, Columbia University

March 14

Huda J. Fakhreddine, Associate Professor of Arabic Language, University of Pennsylvania

April 4

Ioanida Costache, Ethnomusicologist and Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

 

FALL 2022

September 13 

Cesar Favila, Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angelos

November 1 

Alejandra Bronfman, Professor of Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies, SUNY Albany

December 6

Wadada Leo Smith, Trumpeter and Composer

Upcoming Events



Yun Emily Wang

Listening Incommensurably: Sounding “out” and Queer Taiwanese Toronto’s Multiple Sexual Modernities
Feb 21, 2023 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.

Yun Emily Wang is Assistant Professor of Music at Duke University, where she also holds a secondary appointment in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. In this talk, she will present her paper that draws on fieldwork from 2013 to 2018 (the pivotal years during which Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalized same-sex marriage) and traces how a group of queer Taiwanese immigrants listen to and for multiple incommensurable sexual modernities in Toronto.



Huda Fakhreddine

Umm Kulthum and the Arabic Qasidah: Selection, Curation, and Performance
Mar 14, 2023 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.

Huda Fakhreddine is associate professor of Arabic literature in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. In this lecture, part of the Penn Music Colloquium Series, Dr. Fakhreddine will discuss the celebrated Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, the celebrated Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum is one of the most successful re-animators of the Arabic qas̩īda in the twentieth century.



Dr. Ioanida Costache

Hearing Romani-ness: Affect, Subjectivity, and Musical Histories
Apr 4, 2023 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.

Dr. Ioanida Costache is an ethnomusicologist and sound studies scholar specializing in Romani artist practices. Her work explores the legacies of Romani historical trauma, and the feminist and de-colonial critiques of the present, inscribed in Romani music, sound, and art.

Past Events



Richard Wicksteed

Making the documentary "SanDance!" in the context of San life in southern Africa today
Jan 24, 2023 at -

SanDance! celebrates the ancient dance and musical culture of San/Bushman peoples in southern Africa, focusing on the trance healing dance at the core of San cultural expression. The award-winning film features San dance groups rehearsing in remote areas in the Kalahari in preparation for performance at the annual Kuru Dance Festival in Botswana, and follows them to performance at the festival. Richard will discuss the making of the film itself, and San dance culture, in the context of the historical oppression and ongoing marginalization of San culture across southern Africa.



Wadada Leo Smith

Dec 6, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.

Wadada Leo Smith joins us as part of this year's Penn Music Colloquium Series. Smith will play excerpts and exhibit sections from scores that illustrate what the  “sonic-field” looks and sounds like. This information will demonstrate the why and what conditioned him to focus on composing string quartets for over fifty years.



Alejandra Bronfman

Vibroacústica: Music and Remediated Violence in Puerto Rico
Nov 1, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Cesar Favila

Nuns, Chant, and the Voice of God in New Spain
Sep 13, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Thomas Meadowcroft

Composing Under the Sign of Commodity
Mar 29, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Annea Lockwood

Working with Rivers
Mar 22, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Anna Schultz 

Of Magic Lanterns and Kirttan Bands
Feb 22, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Amanda Weidman

Brought to Life by the Voice: Thinking with Playback
Feb 8, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Eric Drott

A New Political Economy of Music?
Feb 1, 2022 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Roshanak Kheshti

Pocodisco: The Sonic Performativity of Grief, Grievance and Joy in Diaspora
Nov 2, 2021 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



Remi Chiu

Illness, Metaphor, and Bells: Campanology Under COVID-19
Oct 5, 2021 at - | Lerner 101, Music Department 201 S. 34th St.



The Emergence of Sō-on in Industrial Japan: Kōjō Ongaku and An/aesthetic Strategies for Factory Management

Keisuke Yamada, University of Pittsburgh; Andrew Niess, University of Pennsylvania
Apr 13, 2021 at -



Gabriela Lena Frank

Apr 6, 2021 at -



Carol Muller

"Ethnomusicological Becoming: Deep Listening and the Erotics of Fieldwork"
Mar 16, 2021 at -



Daphne Brooks

“‘See My Face On the Other Side’: Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Art of Catching Up with Geeshie & Elvie”
Jan 26, 2021 at -



Christina Baade

"Vera Lynn in Nashville (1977): White Working Class Femininity and Transatlantic Affinities"
Nov 17, 2020 at -



Pamela Z

"Blurred Boundaries"
Oct 20, 2020 at -



Stefan Helmreich

"Listening to Waves: Tuning to Cosmic, Oceanic, and Sociogenic Noise, Sound, and Music"
Sep 29, 2020 at -



Roundtable and Book Discussion on "Decolonizing the University"

With Glenda Goodman and Carol Muller
Sep 15, 2020 at -



2019-2020 Penn Colloquium Series: Christina Baade

CANCELLED
Apr 7, 2020 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



2019-2020 Penn Colloquium Series: Gabriela Lena Frank

CANCELLED
Mar 31, 2020 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



2019-2020 Penn Colloquium Series: Stefan Helmreich

CANCELLED
Stefan Helmreich
Mar 17, 2020 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



2019-2020 Penn Colloquium Series: Richard Jankowsky

Richard Jankowsky
Mar 3, 2020 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



2019-2020 Penn Colloquium Series: Kate Soper

Kate Soper
Feb 11, 2020 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Ashley Fure

Ashley Fure
Nov 12, 2019 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: David Grubbs

David Grubbs
Oct 22, 2019 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: K.E. Goldschmitt

K.E. Goldschmitt
Sep 24, 2019 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Eric Wubbels

Eric Wubbels
Sep 17, 2019 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Elizabeth Upton

Dr. Elizabeth Upton, Associate Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles
Apr 9, 2019 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Alex Chávez

Alex Chávez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
Mar 26, 2019 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Music Colloquium: Nancy Yunhwa Rao

Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Rutgers University
Feb 5, 2019 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Music Colloquium: Arne de Boever

Arne de Boever, CalArts
Nov 8, 2016 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Music Colloquium: Emma Dillon, King's College London

Emma Dillon
Oct 25, 2016 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Music Colloquium: Vanessa Williams and Maria Murphy

Vanessa Williams / Maria Murphy
Oct 18, 2016 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Siel Agugliaro and Ruthie Meadows, University of Pennsylvania

Siel Agugliaro; Ruthie Meadows
Sep 27, 2016 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Reiko Fueting, Manhattan School of Music

Reiko Fueting, Manhattan School of Music
Sep 20, 2016 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Martha Feldman, University of Chicago

Martha Feldman
Sep 13, 2016 at | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Music Colloquium: John Harbison

John Harbison, composer
Apr 3, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Josh Pilzer, Unversity of Toronto

Mar 25, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Naomi Waltham-Smith, University of Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Annette Richards, Cornell University

Mar 4, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Music Colloquium Workshop series: Shayna Silverstein, U of PA, "Violence and the Aesthetics of Sound"

Shayna Silverstein
Feb 6, 2014 - Feb 20, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Music Colloquium: Yael Sela-Teichler, University of Pennsylvania

Yael Sela-Teichler
Jan 30, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Orlando Fiol

Orlando Fiol
Jan 28, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department



Penn Colloquium Series: Daniel Heller-Roazen, Princeton University

Daniel Heller-Roazen, Princeton University
Jan 16, 2014 at - | Lerner 102 Music Department