UChicago Music Notes Vol. 2

UChicago Music Notes: Department of Music Newsletter
April 24, 2020

This week, the Department of Music is pleased to share exciting news about Assistant Professor of Music Jennifer Iverson along with a recording of the second digital performance from the Gray Sound Sessions featuring Artist-in-Residence Seth Parker Woods. Assistant Professor of Music Sam Pluta also shares what he is listening to during quarantine.

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Jennifer Iverson Headshot

Jennifer Iverson awarded prestigious ACLS fellowship

Jennifer Iverson, Assistant Professor of Music and the Humanities (recently promoted to Associate Professor beginning in July 2020), has been appointed a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies for the 2020-21 academic year. ACLS fellowships allow scholars from across the United States and throughout the humanities and related social science disciplines to focus full-time on research for a six to twelve-month period, culminating in the production of a major piece of scholarly work.

Screenshot of Seth Parker Woods performing in Gray Sound Sessions Vol. 2

Gray Sound Sessions, Vol.2: Seth Parker Woods

Seth Parker Woods, Cello Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Music, has been hailed by The Guardian as "a cellist of power and grace" who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink.” On Tuesday, April 10, Woods joined the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University for a streaming performance of music by Fredrick Gifford, Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson, and Monty Adkins. Tune in to the archived video from the stream on YouTube!

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What are you listening to? Sam Pluta, Assistant Professor of Music

Anthony Braxton: Composition 56

"On this track, Richard Teitelbaum, who passed away this week at the age of 80, provides one of my favorite performances by an electronic musician with an acoustic ensemble. What is so striking about his performance is that he largely lurks in the background and is supremely understated, yet he acts as the glue that ties the whole performance together. The ending is sublime."