French soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac, was the Music Department’s Regent’s Lecturer in spring 2015. In addition to meetings with students, she gave a colloquium in the Music Department and appeared in a Cal Performances/Eco Ensemble concert in April. Michel-Dansac has worked closely with composers at France’s IRCAM since 1993, and has premiered significant works by composers such as Philippe Manoury, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Georges Aperghis, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Leroux.
Anthropologist of music Georgina Born, 2014 Bloch Professor from the University of Oxford, presented a series of lectures on “Music and the Digital” which offered fresh insights drawn from a global program of ethnographic studies of digital music cultures in Argentina, Canada, Cuba, India, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and beyond. She also gave a graduate seminar in music history and criticism entitled “Emotional Anthropologies of Romantic Music.”