Zbikowski, Lawrence

Most of Lawrence Zbikowski’s activities last year fell into the familiar categories of the academic life, but in October he added to these a noon-time recital featuring works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega, James McGuire, and Vincente Sojo. He continued serving as Director of Graduate Studies but, subsequent to Bob Kendrick’s accident in Rome, exchanged these duties during Winter to serve as interim chair of the Department for one term. He also taught courses in introductory music theory, song analysis, Schenkerian analysis, and led a seminar on music and gesture. His recent publications include a review article on Ole Kühl’s Musical Semantics for Musicæ Scientiæ; a chapter on music, language, and multimodal metaphor in the collection Multimodal Metaphor; and an introduction to the online journal voiceXchange, produced by graduate students in the Department. There are also forthcoming articles and chapters on music and consciousness, on musical gesture, on Jean-Luc Nancy’s Listening, and on relationships between music, emotion, and analysis, some of which are available in pre-publication versions through his website. He also participated in a conference on music and movement at the Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater der Universität Bayreuth in Thurnau, Germany in November; served as a keynote speaker for the Indiana University School of Music Graduate Theory Association Symposium in February; presented a paper at the University of Maryland—College Park in April; and took part in a seminar on embodied cognition at the University of Oslo in May. This coming year he will be on leave, with the completion of his project on developing a cognitive grammar for music supported by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Cognitive Music Theory at McGill University.

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