Le Boeuf sur le Toit: Jazz, Nightlife, and Modernism

In 1920s Paris, nightlife was inseparable from the social, financial, and artistic life of the city. In the early 20s, Milhaud himself loved spending his weekend-nights entertaining, gallivanting around town, and frequenting nightclubs with his fellow artists. 1 Bar...

Why are we doing this?

  This morning, my research team and I presented our goals for this summer’s iteration of the Musical Geography Project at the CURI Symposium. Now that we’ve had to consolidate our ideas for the project and present them in public, we have a much...

What’s in a map?

In her article “How to Play with Maps,” Bethany Nowviskie writes that “one cannot ‘play with maps’ without playing with the truth” (107). We like to think that maps represent an “objective” reality, that “solid,...

Making the First Map

Yesterday, to start learning about musical life in 1920s Paris, we read several chapters from several books, including Roger Nichols’ The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917-1929 (pp.6-15, 41-58), Nigel Simeone’s Paris -A Musical Gazetteer (pp.11-21), and...