Music

Sarah Woolley Neuroscientist Studies Songbirds

Anita Burgos stands inside an enclosure with zebra finches in Sarah Woolley's lab during the summer of 2009. Photo by Eileen Barroso

Every animal has its own specializations—hawks can spot their prey a mile away. Human beings, among other things, have the rare capacity to appreciate language and music.

George Manahan Image credit: Richard Bowditch

Columbia University will award George Manahan, Music Director of American Composers Orchestra, the 2012 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music.

From left, Brad Garton and David Sulzer discuss turning brain waves into music on WHYY/PBS in Philadelphia.

Columbia neurophysiologist David Sulzer took his first piano lessons at the age of 11 and was playing his violin and guitar in bars by age 15.

"Reawakening the Brain Through Music" focused on the ability of music to heal patients afflicted with severe neurological and physical problems and the larger biological question of where music resides in the brain.

Best known for his work with people suffering from unusual brain disorders, Dr. Oliver Sacks admitted that when he started his medical career back in the 1960s, he wanted to work as a research scientist in a laboratory.

From left: Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill Photo credit: William Gottlieb

As it grew from a local sound to a worldwide movement, the jazz scene in Harlem was home to legendary music figures whose influence continues to haunt and ignite the local community.

The Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York performed at St. Paul’s Chapel this winter.

A little over a year after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, Columbia students and master musicians will present a concert of Japanese classical music whose central purpose, for more than 1,400 years, has been to restore order to the universe.

The JACK Quartet, from left: John Pickford Richards, Christopher Otto, Ari Streisfeld, Kevin McFarland

Filling seats is always a concern at concert venues. Now, in a twist, Miller Theatre wants to fill the stage with listeners.

Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky in the Columbia-Princeton studios, 1960
(Image credit: Computer Music Center Archives)

Sixty years ago, music professor Vladimir Ussachevsky received a large package at his office with revolutionary new technology: a reel-to-reel Ampex tape recorder.

Soon after graduating from college, Tyler Bickford taught music for a year at a rural Vermont elementary school. Years later, the same school would serve as a rich laboratory for his Columbia dissertation about how kids consume digital media.

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