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Student Stories : May 12, 2016

PhD candidate Navid Bargrizan receives Summer 2016 Graduate School Doctoral Research Award

By Brandon McKinley

Historical musicology Ph.D candidate Navid Bargrizan studies the intersections of music, technology and philosophy from the 20th century to the present.

This summer, Bargrizan will be receiving $5,000 to travel across the country thanks to the Graduate School Doctoral Research Travel Award. Bargrizan will be traveling to conduct a large part of archival research that is required to write his dissertation.

Bargrizan’s dissertation explores the music-theatrical works of American composer Harry Partch and the German composer Manfed Stahnke. He said he is interested in filling the gap between research and composition in contemporary music.

The first stop on his itinerary for the summer is the University of Illinois to visit the Harry Partch Estate Archive and the Harry Partch Collection in the Music and Performing Arts Library. He then plans on visiting the University of California in San Diego to continue investigation on the Harry Partch Estate Archive, and then finish his summer travels at Northwestern University.

Bargrizan is also a composer and regularly performs his own music. His research in the world of new music contributes to his creative work and vise versa, he said.

He is very grateful for the award and thanks the College of the Arts, School of Music, his adviser Dr. Silvio dos Santos and Dr. Morgan Rich.