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DEADLINE EXTENDED – CFP: Transatlantic Rhythms in Music, Song and Dance (Veracruz, 2019)

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the next conference in our Natives, Africans, Roma and Europeans series, “Transatlantic Rhythms in Music, Song and Dance,” to be held in Veracruz, Mexico April 11–13, 2019.


You may view the CFP in both English and Spanish below, or click here to download the PDF:

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The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018 February 11, 2019. Please contact K. Meira Goldberg at with any questions.

There have been two previous conferences in this interdisciplinary series, last year’s Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music, Song, and Dance at UC Riverside, and the inaugural conference, The Global Reach of the Fandango, in 2015. The instigator of these conferences, our resident flamencologist K. Meira Goldberg, also just completed a wonderful two-day conference on interracial and intercultural legacies in flamenco here in NYC, which will soon have selected papers published.  (Papers from The Global Reach of the Fandango are available in translation and in their original languages; papers from the Zapateados conference are forthcoming.)


Piazzolla in the Present: A Conversation with Maria Susana Azzi

Next Tuesday, October 23, we will have a discussion with Maria Susana Azzi, one of the authors of the definitive biography of Astor Piazzolla, Le Grand Tango: The Life and Music of Astor Piazzolla (2000). Le Grand Tango is co-authored by Simon Collier, a pioneer in Latin American studies, who passed away in 2003. In March of 2018, twenty-five years after Piazzolla’s death, their biography was re-released in a revised and expanded “anniversary” edition, with more than a hundred pages of new material. 

Azzi will discuss her work as Piazzolla’s leading biographer with Foundation for Iberian Music director Antoni Pizà and Federico Díaz, a DMA candidate at the Graduate Center whose work focuses on Piazzolla. 

Díaz will perform several of Piazzolla’s work on guitar, with flutist Andrea White, who is also a DMA candidate at the Graduate Center. 

The event will be live streamed on the Graduate Center website, beginning at 7:30 pm. 

Free admission, no reservations required
7:30 pm
23 October 2018
Segal Theater, The Graduate Center

NYAE at Shephardi Music Festival

One of our resident ensembles, New York Andalus Ensemble, will be performing at the upcoming American Shephardi Music Festival, on October 7, and they’ve been given the honor of the headline slot at 8:00! Tickets are only $20.

For those who would like to attend all three days of the festival, a pass is available for $75 which will grant admission to each concert. The festival takes place October 4, 7, & 8 at NYC’s Center for Jewish History. Performers run the gamut from traditional Jewish and Islamic music of medieval Al-Andalus (such as the NYAE) to modern Shephardi blues. Click the above link to see the full line up.


Raúl Rodríguez to Close “The Body Questions” Conference

We have one more schedule update concerning our upcoming conference, “The Body Questions,” and we think it’s one you’ll enjoy. Our friend, scholar and flamenco artist Raúl Rodríguez, will be closing out the conference with a performance at La Nacional‘s intimate performance space. (And if you missed our previous announcement, please be sure to check it. The conference dates have changed from Oct 16-17 to Oct 15-16.)

Raúl Rodríguez in Concert
“La Razón Eléctrica” 
(AfroFlamenco de Ida y Vuelta)

Musician and cultural anthropologist, Raúl Rodríguez will present the songs of his two albums and books, Razón de Son (2014) and La Raíz Eléctrica (2017), in which he compiles more than twenty years of creative research on flamenco music and its connection with the rhythms of the Afro-Caribbean-Andalusian cultural matrix. Through the introduction of a new instrument, the Tres Flamenco (a mix between flamenco guitar and cuban tres), this special solo concert will take the audience on a round trip journey linking historical memory with cultural action, in an open dialogue between past and present, research and creativity, reasons and songs.

On sale now through Eventbrite for $20 ($15 student/senior). Tickets will be available at the door for $25 ($20).

Drinks and light refreshments are available to purchase at the venue. La Nacional also has a full restaurant serving traditional Spanish cuisine, so why not join us for happy hour before the concert? The restaurant has generously offered a 10% discount to conference attendees, so if you are attending, be sure to save your program or ID tag to present. 

8:00 PM
October 16, 2018
La Nacional

“The Body Questions” Conference Registration Is Open

Registration for our upcoming conference, “The Body Questions: Celebrating Flamenco’s Tangled Roots,” is officially open! Conference attendance is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Advance registration is available through Eventbrite. 

On-site registration will also be available both days.

As a reminder, the conference takes place over two days, at two separate venues. October 15 is our performance festival, to be held at FIT (in the Haft Theater).  October 16 is our symposium, to be held at the CUNY Graduate Center (The Segal Theater and room 9204). Through Eventbrite, you may register for one day or both days. You will select your desired date(s) in your shopping cart. 

There are two associated events that are also now on sale.

We will be closing out the conference events with a special performance by flamenco artist Raúl Rodríguez, at La Nacional. This concert is open to the public; conference registration is not required. Space is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance! Tickets are $20 ($15 student/senior) advance, $25 /$20 at the door.

The concert is at 8:00. The conference is scheduled to conclude at 6:30. We invite conference attendees to join us at La Nacional’s restaurant before the concert. The restaurant has generously offered a 10% discount to conference attendees, so save your program or ID tag to present. You can view their menu of traditional Spanish cuisine on their website

Last, but certainly not least, we hope that you will join us before the conference on October 12 for the launch party of K. Meira Goldberg’s new book and the genesis of this conference, Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco. The launch party will be held at the 92nd St. Y, as a part of their Fridays at Noon series. Tickets are $15.

Upcoming Alicia de Larrocha Documentary Screenings

Earlier this year, Steinway Hall held a special event for the documentary Alicia’s Hands (Las manos de Alicia), in honor of the late pianist Alicia de Larrocha, who was named Honorary President of the Foundation for Iberian Music at its inception in 2001. There are several free public screenings coming up next week at local universities.

  • As a part of the Mannes Sounds Festival, it will be shown at the New School’s Mannes School of Music on September 24. This screening is free and open to the public. All seating is first come, first served.
    7:00 PM
    Monday, September 24
    Mannes School of Music – Stiefel Hall
  • On September 25th, you can see it at the Manhattan School of Music. This screening is also free, but reservations are required. Click here for tickets
    7:30 PM
    Tuesday, September 25

    Manhattan School of Music, Miller Recital Hall
  • Lastly, there will be an afternoon screening at Rutgers University on September 26. This event will also feature a recital of some of Larroacha’s works, performed by her daughter, Alicia Torra. Tickets are not required.
    12:30 PM
    Wednesday, September 26
    Rutgers University, Schare Recital Hall

For more information about the film, watch the trailer here or visit the event pages above. Alicia’s Hands was directed by Yolanda Olmos and Verónica Font. 

6 Sept 2018: The Lives of Emily Dickinson: Poetry, Philosophy, Sexuality

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 5:30-7:30
, at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue,  Skylight Room, 9th floor

Emily Dickinson belongs to that class of artists who continuously challenge interpretation through the magnitude of their vision. Her astoundingly original poetry continues to disturb, delight, intrigue, and challenge us today. In this seminar, Jerome Charyn presents a revisionary picture of the great poet in ways that challenge received opinions: as a woman who was deeply philosophical, intensely engaged with the world, and attracted to members of both sexes. Music figured prominently in Dickinson’s poetry. The seminar will address the use of musical imagery in her poems, from the sounds of the natural world to the role of music as a source of inspiration and transcendence. The music of Amy Beach will be discussed in preparation for a theatrical concert that merges her music and a dramatic monologue based on Dickinson’s poetry and letters.

Jerome Charyn, award-winning American novelist, essayist, and author of The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel and A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century. See below for more on Jerome Charyn.

James Melo, musicologist for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century and Senior Editor at Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale. See below for more on James Melo.


Presented by the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, CUNY, and the Ensemble for the Romantic Century in connection with ERC’s theatrical concert Because I Could not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson

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Jerome Charyn, master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, published his first novel in 1964. He’s the author of JERZY: A Novel of Jerzy Kosinski, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels and nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, Narrative and Ellery Queen. Charyn’s groundbreaking study A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century—the subject of a new documentary narrated by Cynthia Nixon: ‘My Letter to the World‘—explores Emily’s secret life as a powerful bisexual woman. Winter Warning, 12th in Charyn’s popular crime series, finds homicide detective Isaac Sidel in the White House as the accidental president. The worldwide fame of Charyn’s political thrillers inspired a new animated drama series for the small screen, Hard Apple, the brainchild of Charyn in partnership with Liquid Media, an international production company founded by A-list actor Joshua Jackson (The Affair). Hard Apple will be illustrated by artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka, the team behind Waltz with Bashir. Charyn’s novel The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King, about the life of Teddy Roosevelt, will be published in January by Liveright/Norton and his book of essays, Under the Shadow of King Saul, will be published this month by Bellevue Literary Press.

As of 2017, Charyn has published 37 novels, three memoirs, nine graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named “New York Times Book of the Year”. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Fiction in 1983. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Minister of Culture.

Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until 2009, when he retired from teaching. In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn’s book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, “The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong.” Charyn lives in New York and Paris.

James Melo has written extensively for scholarly journals and music magazines in Brazil, Uruguay, the United States, and Austria, and has been invited to participate as a panel discussant in conferences in Indiana, New York, and Canada. He has written program notes for several concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and for over 70 recordings on the Chesky, Naxos, Paulus, and Musikus labels, among others. He is the New York correspondent for the magazine Sinfónica in Uruguay, reviewer of music iconography for the journal Music in Art, and senior editor at RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) at CUNY. In March 2005, he chaired a session in the conference Music and Intellectual History, organized by the Barry Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation (CUNY), and presented a paper on the history of musicological research in Brazil. He received a grant from the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland, where he conducted research on the manuscripts of Anton Webern.

Mr. Melo is the program annotator for the recording of the complete piano music of Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri on Naxos, and the program annotator for the National Philharmonic in Strathmore, MD. In 2006 and 2007 he collaborated with the Montréal Chamber Music Festival as musicologist and program notes writer. In March 2008, he chaired a session on music iconography in Brazil and Portugal in the conference Music, Body, and Stage: The Iconography of Music Theater and Opera at CUNY Graduate Center. He was the scriptwriter for Seduction, Smoke and Music, performed at The Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona in the summer of 2011, with Jeremy Irons as Chopin and Sinéad Cusack as George Sand. Mr. Melo has authored several scripts for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, including My Heart, My Serpent: Thus Spake Zarathustra, Schubert’s Dream, The Trial of Oscar Wilde, Porust’s Courts of Love, Emily Dickinson: Herself to Her a Music, Dracula, Cruel Beauty: Rimbaud and Verlaine, and The Sorrows of Young Werther. Mr. Melo is on the piano and musicianship faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City.


Danspace Project Event with Meira Goldberg

  Our esteemed resident flamencologist, K. Meira Goldberg, is performing next month at Danspace Project’s Draftwork series with Barbara Martinez.

“Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.”

Goldberg will be performing her experimental flamenco work Raíz(Click to read more about the work.) DraftWorks is a casual event, so it’s a great opportunity to see Goldberg’s performance in an intimate setting where you can have a discussion. Melanie Greene & Brianna Taylor will also be performing. Admission is free.

3 pm
Saturday, September 22, 2018

St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th St.
New York, NY 10003
Phone (212) 674-8112

Perspectives Ensemble Giving Multimedia Performance of Falla Works

On August 25 and 26, Perspectives Ensemble (one of the ensembles in residence at the Foundation for Iberian Music, directed by Sato Moughalian), conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will perform two masterpieces by Manuel de Falla.

The program includes El Amor Brujo and Master Peter’s Puppet ShowEl Amor Brujo, which calls for a cantaora, will feature Esperanza Fernandez, a flamenco cantaora renowned for her interpretation of El Amor Brujo‘s part. For Master Peter’s Puppet Show, which portrays a story from Don Quixote, the Ensemble will also be joined by baritone Alfredo García and soprano Jennifer Zetlan.

Continuing the Ensemble’s mission of creating multimedia cultural experiences, the concert will feature animation by Kevork Mourad, an artist who will also be creating spontaneous paintings in sync with the ensemble and his prepared animation. You won’t want to miss this unique concert.

There will be two performances:

8 pm, 25 August 2018 (Tickets from $20; $7 student)
Doctorow Center for the Arts
Hunter, NY

7 pm, 26 August 2018 (Free)
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002

These performances are made possible with the help of the Angel Orensanz Foundation.