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Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Meng Ren will give a talk at the Next Asia Over Lunch Meeting titled "'Why Are the Flowers So Beautiful?' Changing Cultural Policies for a United Chinese Identity." Ren's talks takes place on at 4130 Posvar Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch or a snack to enjoy. 

Music major Trent Cunningham successfully defended his Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) thesis entitled “Psychadelic Orientalism: Representations of India in the Music of the Beatles” on November 1, 2011. In the thesis, Trent shows how the grouping together of psychedelic drugs and Indian music in the British and American popular imagination was made possible by the music of the Beatles during the mid-1960s.

The Carpathian Music Ensemble will perform as part of a series of Fabergé education programs presented by the Frick Art Museum auditorium (Point Breeze) on Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m. The performance is part of the Fabergé exhibit at the Frick that runs until January 15.

Ethnomusicologist Oyebade Dosunmu (PhD 2010) will give a Brown Bag Lecture for the University Center for International Studies African Studies Program on Thursday, October 27 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. at 4130 Wesly W. Posvar Hall. Dosunmu's lecture, titled From Hepcat Beat to Afro, explores the development of Nigerian pop music.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Music, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Study Abroad Office announce a new undergraduate study abroad program in ethnomusicology  — "Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia" — May 19-June 5, 2012, 3 credits, open to all qualified undergraduate students.

Whether performing with the legendary Ravi Shankar at Walt Disney Concert Hall or instructing music students at Pitt, virtuoso Tabla player Samir Chatterjee has a single-minded focus on cultivating the understanding and appreciation of Indian music.

The Department of Music doesn't have any scheduled events this weekend, but that doesn't mean members of the Department aren't busy.

If you're are in the New York City area on Friday, September 30, you can hear the premiere of Eric Moe's new percussion piece Danger: Giant Frogs as part of a performance from Talujon Percussion. The concert takes place at Roulette at 8 p.m.

Here in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 1, Adriana Helbig has been the driving force behind a concert by the Ukrainian...

October 19, 2011 - 1:00pm

Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow Michael Gardiner and Noh Training Project faculty member Joyce S. Lim give a lecture that examines aspects of musical form in the opening sections of Japanese Noh drama from the vantage point of tone color morphology.

Updated with video: If you're running in Pittsburgh's Great Race on Sunday, you'll get a pick-me-up around the three-mile mark as you pass Pitt's Music Building. The Carpathian Ensemble, led by Adriana Helbig, will be on the front lawn cheering on racers with their unique brand of immigrant folk funk. We have some video of the group rehearsing posted to our Facebook page, (which, by the way, you can like). Run strong and enjoy the music!

October 23, 2011 - 6:30pm

Rabindra Nath Thakur (Tagore) (1861-1941) was a Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher, educator, composer, and artist. He became the first non-European Nobel laureate by earning the 1913 Prize for Literature. Rabi-Sashtriya exemplifies Rabindra Nath's deep-rooted connection to Indian classical and folk music by drawing parallels between his songs and their counterparts in Indian music.

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