Benjamin Piekut

Benjamin Piekut studies experimental, improvised, and popular musics after 1960. His first book, Experimentalism Otherwise, was published in 2011 by the University of California Press. He is also the editor of Tomorrow Is the Question (Michigan, 2014) and co-editor (with George E. Lewis) of the Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2 volumes, Oxford, 2016). His new book is titled The World is a Problem: Henry Cow and the Vernacular Avant-garde. With Jason Stanyek, he co-authored “Deadness: Technologies of the Intermundane,” which won the Outstanding Article award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in 2011. He is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Cornell University.


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