November 16, 2009


The Brook Center is a scholarly facility associated with the doctoral program in music at
The City University of New York Graduate Center.

Current Brook Center projects include:
Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments
Ensemble for the Romantic Century Seminars
Foundation for Iberian Music
Foundation for French and Francophone Musical Cultures
Music in 21st-Century Society
Music in Gotham: The New York Scene
Pergolesi Research Center
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI)
Xenakis Project of the Americas

Antoni Pizà On Radio IB3

Foundation for Iberian Music director Antoni Pizà appeared this past Sunday on Radio IB3’s program La Ruta d’Orfeu, where he met with the host for an informal chat about some selections of music that he has been listening to recently. They discuss Nina Simone, Bach’s chorale Ich ruf zu dir, and the classical works of classical/jazz pianist Friedrich Gulda.


Angel Gil-Ordoñez’s Recent Lou Harrison Recording Released in Spain

Earlier this year, Naxos released a recording of Lou Harrison works by Washington DC’s PostClassical Ensemble. Lou Harrison is one of the great early American modernist composers, and one of the first composers to incorporate elements of “world” music in his work, an influence which can be heard especially in his Grand Duo for violin and piano. The album, Lou Harrison: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music (with John Cage), was recorded live in 2016 and features soloists Tim Fain (violin) and Michael Boriskin (piano).

It was recently released in Spain and has received mention in some of Spain’s major music periodicals.


“En ocasión de María del Carmen” Conference Program

The program for the upcoming Granados conference in Alicante, at the University of Murcia, is now available! The conference, “En ocasión de María del Carmen: Enrique Granados y su época,” will be held October 18–20. For attendance information, please visit the conference website.


Oct 3: Eduardo Frías Performs Grundman at Carnegie Hall

October 3rd, pianist Eduardo Frías will perform the complete works of Spanish composer Jorge Grundman at Carnegie Hall. This concert follows the release of his recording of the works of Grundman, Little Great Stories, on Sony Classical. Grundman (b. 1961) writes in an expressive neo-tonal style that has been compared to eminent Catalan composer Frederic Mompou […]


Recent Paper Given in Bern

María Luisa Martínez, guest researcher at the Foundation for Iberian Music, recently gave a paper at a conference at the University of Bern. The conference, held September 7–9, 2017, was entitled Branding “Western Music” and explored “intersections between Western music and the institutionalised management of culture.” Martínez’s paper was called, “Homogenizing Spanish Musical Practices at the Turn […]


New Fundación Juan March Season

September 19th, the Fundación Juan March (Madrid) held a presentation to discuss their new season, with music program director Miguel Ángel Marín. The presentation video is available on their Facebook page  or through Vimeo.  You can also read a report on their new season here OR view it as a convenient graph!

Of special interest to the Foundation for Iberian Music are two items in the upcoming season: first, a performance of Los Elementos by Literes at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, which we announced previously, and a concert that will be held as a part of a program called Aula de (Re)estrenos.


Film and Performance: “Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories”

“Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Yet, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to this art form.” Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, a feature-length documentary from anthropologist Miguel Ángel Rosales, explores the contribution of Afro-Andalusians to flamenco as the art form developed. Gurumbé (72 min, in Spanish with English subtitles) has won numerous awards in […]


CFP: “Iberian Musical Crossroads Through the Ages” (Barcelona)

The Brook Center’s Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI) is putting on a conference at Barcelona’s Societat Catalana de Musicologia in October of 2018. The conference, Iberian Musical Crossroads Through the Ages: Images of Music Making in their Trans-cultural Exchange “will examine visual sources documenting transborder and transcultural transmission of musical ideas between the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula […]