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David GutkinĀ is a scholar of American and European music from the early 20th century through the present. HeĀ receivedĀ his PhD in historical musicology from Columbia University inĀ 2015 and subsequently joined the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia (2015-17). Gutkinā€™s research focuses on technologies of mediating music (from notation to television), theories of race and modernity, the history of globalization, and relationships between musical experience and historical memory. Repertories of particular interest include opera, experimental improvisation and free jazz, various ā€“isms of postwar composition (serialism, minimalism, spectralism), and American popular music of the last four decades.

Gutkin has published articles onĀ Robert Ashleyā€™s television operasĀ inĀ The Opera Quarterly,Ā graphic notationĀ inĀ Perspectives of New Music, andĀ ludic theoryĀ in the edited volumeĀ Notationen in kreativen Prozessen. He edited a special issue ofĀ Current MusicologyĀ featuringĀ experimental writing about musicĀ and co-edited a special issue ofĀ American Music ReviewĀ onĀ opera during the Harlem Renaissance. An article on Afro-Wagnerian composer H. Lawrence Freeman appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Gutkin is currently working on a book titled Meanwhile, Letā€™s Go Back in Time: New York Avant-Garde Opera and the Historical ImaginationĀ (under contract with Oxford University Press).Ā Through studies of operas with roots in experimental jazz, monumental site-specific spectacles, and works designed for serial television broadcast, the book aims to show how avant-garde artists adapting an eminently ā€˜historicalā€™ form participated inā€”and sometimes transformedā€”the periodā€™s wide-ranging debates over the concept of history as such.

Gutkin has given talks at conferences in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Before studying musicology, he studied classical guitar with Julian Gray at Peabody Conservatory, Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory, and Orlando Roman privately.