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Q&A: Alumna Joyce Kwon ‘09 releases debut album

Music alumna Joyce Kwon is a recipient of the Hertz Traveling Fellowship, which is awarded to individuals who have manifested unusual talent in music and who show a bona fide intention to devote their lives to music. She received funding to study the Korean zither in Seoul for the academic year 2015-16. While in Korea, … Continue Reading »

Anthony Newcomb, noted musicologist, dies at 77

UC Berkeley dean and professor emeritus Anthony Newcomb passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, November 18th in Berkeley. A widely-respected music scholar, Newcomb’s research focused on vocal music of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, and later the ontological connections between Wagner and 18th and 19th-century instrumental works. Newcomb was born New York … Continue Reading »

Three Melford Releases Slated for November

UC Berkeley Music Professor and world-renowned jazz pianist Myra Melford will mark the release of two albums and career retrospective Blu-ray disc in November on Firehouse 12 Records. Melford – whom the New Yorker called “a stalwart of the new-jazz movement” – will support the releases with a world tour that boasts stops across the … Continue Reading »

Graduate Student Notes from the Field: Christina Azahar on Understanding Feminist Music and Organizing in Santiago, Chile

Since January 2018, I have been in Santiago, Chile on a Fulbright US Student Fellowship conducting ethnographic research for my dissertation, titled “Noisy Women, Imagined Spaces: Mobility and the Emplacement of Feminist Politics in música popular chilena.” A bit about this title. What first interested me in studying feminist activism in Chilean popular music wasn’t … Continue Reading »

Music Adds Three to Faculty

The UC Berkeley Department of Music is pleased to welcome Carmine Emanuele Cella, Wei Cheng, and Matthew Sadowski. Cella joins the faculty as an Assistant  Professor of Music Technology, Cheng will serve as Assistant Teaching Professor directing the University and Chamber Choruses, and Sadowski will direct the University Wind Ensemble as well as the Cal … Continue Reading »