Zbikowski, Lawrence

Lawrence Zbikowski; Photo by Daniel Collins

Lawrence Zbikowski; Photo by Daniel Collins

Last summer Lawrence Zbikowski was interviewed by staff of the University of Chicago’s news office, and the results of the interview and a September photo shoot appeared in a December 2008 feature on his work that included a brief video clip in which he played a bit of guitar. In the more workaday world, he supplemented courses in introductory music theory and the core curriculum with a class on the analysis of eighteenth-century music, a seminar on musical time, and service as the Director of Graduate Studies. His recent publications include a chapter on cognitive science, music theory, and music analysis in Musiktheorie im Kontext: V. Kongress der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie; a chapter on music, language, and metaphor in the volume Multimodal Metaphor; and a review article on music and metaphor for the first volume of the new journal Musica Humana. There are also forthcoming articles and chapters on music and consciousness, on musical gesture, and on cognitive musicology, some of which are available in pre-publication versions through his home page. Rounding out what was, in retrospect, a busy year were appearances as a speaker at the Open University, Michigan State University, and Cambridge University, as well as participation in conferences at Fordham University (on “Speaking of Music,” where he presented the paper “What Music Is and Is Not”) and the University of London (on “The Musical Body,” where he presented the paper “Music, Movement, and Embodied Knowledge”). This summer he is co-chair, with David Huron, of a workshop on music and the mind at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory at the Mannes College of Music.

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