Chennai Mathematical Institute


3.45 p.m.
Where did Rock Music come from?

David Claman



Prof David Claman will give three talks on Music at CMI. The first of these is next week and is on the History of Rock Music. The second is titled 'What is Harmony in Western Music', and the third is titled 'Improvization in Jazz and Blues'. The details of the first talk are given below.

Title : Where did Rock Music come from?
Date : 17th October, 2012.
Time 3:45 p.m.
Venue : Seminar Hall, CMI

Abstract ========

During this presentation we will listen to some of the various styles of American music from the first half of the twentieth century which preceded and gave rise to rock music, including hillbilly, blues, country & western, rhythm and blues, and early rock and roll. In addition, the regional and sociological origins of the music will be discussed.

About the speaker:

David Claman holds degrees from Wesleyan University where he studied the music of South India, from the University of Colorado, and from Princeton where he completed his Ph.D. in music composition in 2002. He studied Carnatic music with T. Viswanathan, T. Ranganathan, and K.S. Subramanian. His principal composition teachers have been Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, and John McDonald. He is an assistant professor at Lehman College-City University of New York in The Bronx. He received a fellowship from The American Institute of Indian Studies in 1998 and has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Rockefeller Foundation Aos Bellagio Center in Italy. He has received commissions from The American Composers Forum, Tara Helen AoConnor, The Cygnus Ensemble, Noa Even, Christopher Creviston and Oren Fader, Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, and Tufts University. Recordings can be found on the Innova, Capstone, Bridge, and Vox Novus labels. He was recently awarded a Fromm Foundation Commissioning Grant from Harvard University.