Radicalism & Music


  • Since 2009, I have been involved in a research project exploring the roles of music in radical culture. My scholarship was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and has culminated in a book published by Wesleyan University Press in November 2015. See the page in the above menu devoted to this project for details, a table of contents, and links to book excerpts.


  • I am now part of a team exploring the mobilizing influence of media in the jihadi-Salafist movement. This research is being led by Anthony Lemieux and is funded by a Minerva Grant from the Department of Defense.


  • Click here to read my September 28, 2015 article in The Conversation, "For the Islamic State, music is the 'alcohol of the soul'."


  • Click here to listen to my piece on terrorism and music for "The Academic Minute".

News/Events

Jonathan Pieslak


Academic Researcher and Composer

Shards: Piano Music of Jonathan Pieslak


Robert Auler, Piano

Paul Kozel, Engineer/Producer

Albany Records 2014

      

Listen: Shards

Bhakti (1), Unburdening

Spiral

Prednisomnia

American Atmospheres


Buy:amazon, Albany


Reviews

NY Times, "This beautiful recording of the piano music of Jonathan Pieslak, played with extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression by the pianist Robert Auler, spans extremes..." (read more)


American Record Guide, "...a skillful and evocative piano composer...This is a rewarding release by a composer we need to hear more from."


Syracuse.com, "Shards," Albany Records' radiant 2014 release, features spirited artist Robert Auler performing Jonathan Pieslak's classical compositions for solo piano. Pieslak, a brilliant contemporary composer, references the sounds of rock, jazz and Vedic chant to create innovative music ranging in mood from sizzling to serene..." (read more)


Charlotte Observer, "Tchaikovsky and Pieslak don't have a lot in common stylistically, though both pianists tackle their virtuosic and challenging music with aplomb. (Each disc is not only well-played but superbly recorded.) But the pieces, written more that a century apart, have this in common: They reflect the times they were composed and the states of their composers' minds..." (read more)

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