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Wang Lu to Write for Seattle Modern Orchestra in Commission from Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University awarded composer and Assistant Professor of Music Wang Lu one of five Barlow General Commissions to write a new work for the Seattle Modern Orchestra. In considering 242 applications in their General and LDS commissioning programs, the Endowment granted $60,000 to 9 composers. Congratulations, Professor Wang Lu!

(Distributed September 17, 2021)

Marcel Sagesser, PhD Music and Multimedia Composition, Successfully Defends Dissertation

Music and Multimedia Composition PhD Marcel Sagesser successfully defended his dissertation “Within the Grid: Inquiries in the Socio-Rhythmic Ambiguities of Mechanical Time.” In his doctoral research, he investigates rhythm with an interdisciplinary framework that encompasses the socio-cultural background of groove and the politics of playing along mechanical time. His artistic practice ranges from “living installations” with human performers carrying sound objects through outdoor sites, to multimedia solo performances that he calls “post techno beat music.” 

(Distributed August 31, 2021)

Luis Achondo, PhD Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Successfully Defends Dissertation

This week, Luis Achondo successfully defended his dissertation, "The Sounds of Aguante: Sonic (Anti)sociality, Transnationalism, and Violent Conflict in the Soccer Culture of the Southern Cone." Drawing on ethnographic material from long-term fieldwork in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, his dissertation examines the ontological overlap of sociality and anti-sociality in the sonic practices of the transnational soccer fandom of the Latin American Southern Cone.

(Distributed July 7, 2021)
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