Music Department

Learning from the Best: Music Students Sit with Indian Sitar Master

Ustad Usman Khan is regarded as one of the greatest living sitar players, said music professor Vineet Shende. “His family have been musicians going back six generations, and he’s a third-generation sitar master.”

Professor Vineet Shende’s New Composition: When East REALLY Meets West

The music professor’s new string quartet, which premieres on April 6, aims to genuinely integrate the musical traditions of two hemispheres. The composition, he said, “employs melodic and formal ideas found in North Indian raag, rhythmic ideas found in South Indian taal, and polyphony and modulation found in Western concert music.”

Russian Folk Musicians Entertain on Campus

Some of the Bowdoin community were welcomed back from Spring Break by being taken on a musical journey through Russia, courtesy of the folk ensemble Zolotoj Plyos, who demonstrated a variety of musical styles, costumes, songs, dancing, and many different Russian folk instruments.

Far and Wide: Student Excursions Over the Spring Break

From Sicily to Silicon Valley, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, students traveled far and wide over spring break on a variety of trips, some of them academic in nature, some cultural, and some service-oriented, but all of them aimed at enhancing the undergraduate experience at Bowdoin beyond the classroom.

George Lopez Performs Music Inspired by ‘Second Sight’ Exhibit

The works Lopez chose represent some of the more “unusual,” or “extreme” aspects of great composers’ works and deal with particular challenges faced by artists in their struggle to be creative. They include Beethoven’s Sonata in E major opus 109, written when the composer was struggling with profound deafness.

Bowdoin Jazz Program Picks Up the Tempo

Often when a great jazz combo is preparing to perform, you can hear something auspicious even as they warm up. Something analogous happened this year in the Bowdoin jazz program.

Eleven Faculty Members Promoted with Tenure

From plate tectonics to molecular ecology, from the history of jazz to Asian Communism, from game theory to the French Revolution, the candidates span a wide variety of subjects.

ICYMI: The Problem with ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

The Arctic air and the bomb cyclone that followed on its heels have buried campus, the Brunswick area, and much of the region in a frozen tundra. A staple among Christmas songs, though not about the holiday at all, has gotten a rather icy reception itself given the climate across the country regarding sexual harassment.