[-empyre-] Duration: Thanks to Week 3 Guests and Heading into Week 4

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Tue Nov 27 14:55:18 AEDT 2018

It’s hard to believe that we’re entering into week four of our discussion of Duration.  Thanks ever so much to this past week’s featured guests, Ruby Chishti, Annie Lewandowski, Denise Green, and Hans Baumann, and a special thanks as well to empyrean Brian Holmes for his thoughtful reflections on indigeneity.

For our final week on Duration, before -empyre- takes a December-January break, we are pleased to feature
Yasir Ahmed-Braimah (US), Juan Felipe Beltrán (US/Colombia), Kevin Ernste (US), Kate Greder (US), Josh Strable (US).  We are looking forward to an exceptionally multidisciplinary group of guests whose approaches to duration range from electromusic and fiber arts to biology and genetics.

Yasir Ahmed-Braimah (US)
Yasir Ahmed-Braimah is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell. His research utilizes various approaches to understand classical evolutionary genetics problems, such as adaptation and speciation. Yasir earned his PhD in Biology from the University of Rochester, and holds an M.S. and B.S. in Biology from the University of Iowa.

Juan Felipe Beltrán (US/Colombia)
Juan Felipe Beltrán is a Colombian Ph.D. Student in Computational Biology at Cornell. Before coming to Cornell, Juan Felipe worked on Human-Computer Interaction and Musical Rhythm Analysis at NYU in Abu Dhabi, where he completed his Bachelor's in Computer Science. His research at Cornell focuses on the application of machine learning and similarity analysis to study genetic disease and the human microbiome.

Kevin Ernste (US)
Kevin Ernste is a composer, performer, and teacher of composition and electronic music at Cornell University where he is Director of the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center <http://digital.music.cornell.edu/> (CEMC). He is a founding member of the Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble (CAGE, http://digital.music.cornell.edu/cage/) whose performance was featured in the 2018 CCA Biennial.  He was the Acting Director of the Eastman Computer Music Center and Co-director of the ImageMovementSound festival. His recent music includes Nisi [nee-see] (“Island” in Greek) for hornist Adam Unsworth released on Equilibrium Records,  Numina for Brooklyn-based Janus Trio (flute, viola, harp) presented recently at the Spark Festival in MN, Seiend for brass quintet premiered by Ensemble Paris Lodron(Salzburg, Austria, Roses Don’t Need Perfume for guitarist Kenneth Meyer (gtr. and electronic sounds, 2009) recently presented by Dr. Meyer on a Hungary/Romania tour, a piece for saxophone and electronics called To Be Neither Proud Nor Ashamed (released on Innova Records), and Birches for viola with electronic sounds for John Graham performed on Mr. Graham’s recent China tour (Beijing, Wuhan, Xiamen, Hong Kong) as well as at the Aspen Summer Music Festival.  Mr, Graham presented Birches again in August 2011 at the International Computer Music Conference  (ICMC) in Huddersfield, UK. Kevin’s recently commissioned works include Chorale for chamber ensemble and electronics (after Stucky on Purcell), Palimpsest for the JACK Quartet,  and a half-evening-length work in progress for viola, percussion, and “unmanned” prepared piano.

Kate Greder (US)
Kate Greder is a PhD student in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, at Cornell University.  Her research focuses on spatialization in the fashion system and the subsequent onto-epistemological questions that emerge within design theory.  Prior to Cornell, she worked in art conservation at Iowa State University and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Josh Strable (US)
Josh Strable is an NSF-NPGI Postdoctoral Fellow in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University.  His research identifies and characterizes genes and genetic networks that underlie leaf and floral development in the grasses, as well as understanding the genetic basis of how environmental stress influences plant growth and development.  Josh earned his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Iowa State University and holds a M.S. and B.S. in Biology from the University of Iowa.

Timothy Murray
Director, Cornell Council for the Arts and Curator, CCA Biennial
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
Professor of Comparative Literature and English

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Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

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