Past Event

Simon Barker - Comparing Domains of Improvisation

January 23, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description:

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Simon Barker to Comparing Domains of Improvisation for a presentation on his recent research on embodiment, pedagogy, and improvisation.

Event Speaker:

  • Simon Barker, Senior Lecturer in Drum Set and Rhythm Awareness, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Event Information:

This talk will offer a chronological overview of a research project focused on developing an integrated loop of influence between long distance barefoot running and drum set performance. Activities described include the creation of a new drumming vocabulary, and associated rhythmic developmental processes, generated as a means to perform rapid, layered multi-subdivision rhythmic forms that draw on organizational procedures including the use of rhythmic archetypes. In addition, this talk will describe forms of inter-disciplinary influence allowing for technical, aesthetic, procedural, and vocabulary development through an ongoing dialogue between two complementary physical practices. 

Simon Barker is a lecturer in drum set and rhythm awareness at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In addition to his numerous solo performances and recordings, Dr. Barker co-leads several internationally recognized collaborative ensembles, including Trace Sphere, Chiri, Showa 44, and Band of Five Names. He also performs with many of Australia’s most established ensembles, including the Matt McMahon Trio, the Phil Slater Quartet, and several groups led by Scott Tinkler. Recent international collaborations include performances at KBS Art Hall, Korea (with Jo Jonghun and Lim Mijeong); Yeowoorak Festival, Korea (with Kim Jeong Hee); Jazztopad, Poland (duet with Bae il Dong); and peformances with Jen Shyu in USA. In 2015, Simon published Korea and the Western Drumset (Ashgate Publishing, 2015).

Students and faculty from all NY metro area colleges and universities are welcome. Please contact the group organizer, Marc Hannaford ([email protected]), for additional details and to receive papers in advance.

This event is hosted by Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience