Contact: Kim Brockway For immediate release
New CD -- "Columbia Rocks 1997" --
Showcases Music of Columbia and Barnard Bands
Mastered by alumni at RK Music
While many might expect only classical music to fill the ivy-covered halls of
Columbia University and Barnard College, a new compact disc, "Columbia Rocks
1997," proves that rock bands featuring students from the two educational
institutions are a creative and energizing presence in the contemporary music
Compiled by Seth Unger, a graduating senior at Columbia College, and
Karen Elliot, entering her senior year at Barnard College, "Columbia Rocks"
features sixteen tracks by bands that include at least one Columbia or Barnard
student. Selections range from traditional and cutting-edge rock to tunes infused
with electronic and new age flavors. All of the featured bands - - which include
Farina, Nine Days Wonder, Closer, and Project Nim - - have performed on
campus and in venues throughout Manhattan, where several have gained sizable
followings. Most of the participating students are undergraduates.
"Columbia Rocks" is $9.99 and is available at various sites on the
Morningside Heights Campus (Broadway and 116th Street) and on the Internet
(http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cmp). A limited run of 1,000 discs were produced,
and all proceeds will support next year's compilation.
The CD is issued by Columbia Music Presents, a non-profit Student Activity
Group at Columbia founded last year by Unger, a history/sociology major from
Miami Beach, Florida, seeking an outlet to support Columbia and Barnard
students' talent and love of contemporary music. It was mastered by Jeff Gale
(who graduated from Columbia College last year) of RK Music, whose president,
Rob Kahn, is also a Columbia alumnus.
"There is a remarkable amount of musical talent here at Columbia and
Barnard, and this CD showcases only a few of the bands who are performing on
campus and around the city," said Unger. "More than thirty bands submitted
tracks for possible inclusion, and we hope that even more will do so next year, for
what we hope will be an annual celebration of Columbia rock."
Sponsoring organizations include Barnard Student Activities; Barnard
Student Government, Columbia Concerts, Columbia Music Presents, Columbia
Student Activities, President's and Provost's Initiative Fund, U.S.O., and WBAR
For a review copy of "Columbia Rocks" please call (212) 615-6736.