Past Event

Mariusz Kozak - Enacting Musical Time: The Bodily Experience of New Music

February 19, 2020
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
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The Heyman Center for the Humanities (Second Floor Common Room), Columbia University

Event Description: 

What is musical time? Where is it manifested? How does it enter into our experience, and how do we capture it in our analyses? A compelling approach among works on temporality, phenomenology, and the ecologies of the new sound worlds, Enacting Musical Time argues that musical time is itself the site of the interaction between musical sounds and a situated, embodied listener, created by the moving bodies of participants engaged in musical activities. Author Mariusz Kozak describes musical time as something that emerges when the listener enacts her implicit knowledge about "how music goes," from deliberate inactivity, to such simple actions as tapping her foot in time with the beat, to dancing in a way that engages her entire body.

A bold new theory derived from an unprecedented fusion of research perspectives, Enacting Musical Time will engage scholars across a range of disciplines, from music theory, music cognition, cognitive science, continental philosophy, and social anthropology.

Event Speakers: 

  • Mariusz Kozak, Assistant Professor of Music, Music Theory at Columbia University
  • Elizabeth Margulis, Professor of Music at Princeton University
  • George Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Composition and Historical Musicology at Columbia University
  • Patricia Dailey, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
  • Ana M. Ochoa Gautier, Professor of Music, Ethnomusicology at Columbia University

Event Information:

Free and open to the public; no RSVP necessary. Please visit the event webpage for additional information. Please follow the Heyman Center's website for directions.

Sponsored by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Music