About

Zeitschichten is a web magazine about music and history. The title is German and means “layers of [musical and historical] time.” Zeitschichten was founded and is edited by Matthias Röder.

The authors

Matthias Röder

is a Post-Doc and College Fellow at Harvard University where he has just finished his PhD thesis on “Music, Politics, and the Public Sphere in Late Eighteenth-Century Berlin.” His main research interests include social history of music, digital musicology, as well as the creative process of Ludwig van Beethoven. He has published his research in the US, Germany, and Austria and has appeared frequently as a conference speaker and guest lecturer. Matthias is the founder and editor of Zeitschichten.com, a web magazine on music and history, where he writes on contemporary music, the future of the classical music industry, and the art of listening to music. Before coming to Harvard in 2002, Matthias studied music at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

In addition to his academic and scholarly projects, Matthias is also active as an artistic advisor and music manager for several New Music projects in the United States, Turkey, Germany, and Austria for which he produced CD recordings, concerts, video, and educational events.

More about Matthias’ work can be found on his personal website at matthias.zeitschichten.com

Zoë Lang

teaches in the School of Music at the University of South Florida. She studied at McGill University and Harvard University, graduating in 2005 with a Ph.D. in historical musicology. Her main research interests include Strauss waltzes and Austrian culture, German Hausmusik in the twentieth century, and why hockey plays such a prominent role in Quebeçois life. She is currently at work on a book called Austrian Music: the Strauss Family Legacy and occasionally contributes to the blog amusicology. Zoe is also the author of Shots Heard ‘Round the Web: One Fan Observes, a blog on professional sports.

Madelaine Jones

is currently a student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying piano and improvisation with Penelope Roskell and Douglas Finch respectively. She was the winner of the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition 2012 with duo partner and dancer, Adam Russell. Madelaine’s ensemble experience as a pianist has included working alongside the BBC Singers, the Medway Singers and the Walderslade Primary School Choir, and she has an interest in early keyboard instruments: previously studying harpsichord with James Johnstone via an Early Music Scholarship at Trinity Laban, she has performed as a harpsichordist and chamber organist in the Greenwich International Early Music Festival alongside Trinity Laban’s various Early Music Ensembles. Madelaine is a previous recipient of an LCM London Music Schools and Teachers Award, and is also a keen writer in her spare time, reviewing for Bachtrack and posting on The Cross-Eyed Pianist blog. For more information, visit her website.

Yaprak Melike Uyar

is completing a master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the Istanbul Technical University MIAM, School of Advanced Studies in Music. She is a radio programmer and a freelance music writer from Turkey and hosts two radio programs at Acik Radio; one concentrates on avant-garde in all genres while the other program features the musics of the world with an eclectic approach that focuses on a different country each week. Yaprak also contributes to Jazz Magazine Turkey. Her research topics include New Music, jazz and improvised musics in Istanbul.

Sarah Zalfen

studied political sciences at the Free University Berlin. She worked as personal assistant for cultural policy matters of Michael Roth, Member of the German Parliament and as a freelance manager and producer of several off opera productions. Currently she is finishing her PhD thesis concerning the relationship between opera and the state at the end of the 20th century in Germany, France and Great Britain.

Frederic Ohringer

is an American artist who lives part-time in Berlin. A website with his portfolio can be found at ohringerphotography.com/.

Anicia Timberlake

is a violist, musicologist, and teacher from California who is currently living in Berlin.

Bert van Herck

is a Belgian composer who lives and works in Cambridge, MA.

Michael Scott Cuthbert

is a musicologist who has worked extensively on music of the fourteenth-century and of the past forty years, particularly minimalism. He has also published on John Zorn and on music theory of West African rhythm. Cuthbert’s current project is a book on sacred music in Italy from the coming of the Black Death to the end of the Great Schism. He is also a strong advocate for the use of computers in musicology, and runs a research group at M.I.T., “music21,” that is developing new tools for computer-aided analysis. Michael has won the Rome Prize in Medieval Studies and the Villa I Tatti Fellowship in Italian Renaissance Studies. As a composer, his works have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and other groups. Formerly a student at Harvard (A.B. and Ph.D.) and a faculty member at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges, Cuthbert is currently Assistant Professor of Music at M.I.T.

Anne Schumacher

is completing her bachelor’s degree in Baltic Management Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Stralsund. She is currently working for K&K Kulturmanagement in Berlin to write her Bachelor thesis there. Since several years, she has been working in the cultural sector, sometimes onstage with contemporary dance, but mostly by assisting to organize cultural events.

Emily Abrams Ansari

is a musicologist who studies and teaches the history of classical music during the 20th century. Currently working as Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, she received her PhD from Harvard University in 2010. Emily is presently at work on two book projects that deal with the US government’s promotion of music overseas during the Cold War. She is also an enthusiastic amateur violinist.

Paul Michael Coleman

is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, London. To-date he has delivered many symposia and conferences as a musicologist at UK universities, on the subjects of the impact of Music Reality Television and on the phenomenon of “Bio-Cultural Behaviour”. His latest publication entitled “The Music Industry as a Bio-Cultural Ecol-ogy” was presented at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with Professors Frank Schwab, University of Saarland and Katrin Döveling, Freie Universität Berlin. Coleman is also working with composer Marios Joannou Elia on developing a number of projects including documenting some of his works and developing an event based on a fusion between contemporary music and modern funk-rock embracing artists from UK and China.

Peter Gilbert

Peter Gilbert’s work combines traditional instrumental writing with elements of improvisation, live-performed electronics, and multiple media. Whether in multi-media theater, film, installation or a traditional concert, his music thrives on collaboration. Gilbert has held residencies at ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik (Germany), IMEB Bourges (France), La Mortella (Italy), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Gilbert has taught at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Northeastern University, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music and now teaches composition at the University of New Mexico. Gilbert’s work as a composer, performer and producer can be heard on New Focus Recordings and at www.petergilbert.net.

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