Research Seminar: Clancy Newman

Clancy Newman
Clancy Newman

The Golden Ratio Method

"Inspired by the mathematics behind how certain types of trees most evenly distribute their branches, I asked myself: would it be possible to use this same method to "most evenly distribute" musical events? After defining the golden ratio and explaining how it's used by trees, I'll show how this same method can be used to choose musical pitches. I'll then analyze the patterns these pitches form -- which are extraordinary -- touching upon the Circle of Fifths, the Fibonacci Sequence, and many musical examples."


The San Francisco Chronicle writes that Clancy Newman "makes the case for composition and performance as being activities that are intimately bound up with each other", and indeed his unconventional approach to composing may be attributed to his many experiences as a performer. 
An internationally renowned cellist, Newman has greatly expanded the cello repertoire, capped off by his Pop-Unpopped project, which gained over 80 thousand views on youtube. He has been a featured composer on series by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and his new piano quintet will be premiered in March 2019 at the opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. 
Mr. Newman is a graduate of the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, receiving a M.M. from Juilliard and a B.A. in English from Columbia.

Limited number of seats available in this Research Seminar, for the public (seats will be automatically reserved for School of Music students who attend research seminars for coursework). Public RSVP via EventBrite listing.

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