Benjamin D. Piekut
Composer & Philosopher
An associate professor of music at Cornell University, Benjamin Piekut studies music after 1960. His first book, Experimentalism Otherwise, was published by the University of California Press in 2011; his second monograph, The World Is a Problem: Henry Cow and the Vernacular Avant-garde, is under contract with Duke University Press. He is the co-editor (with George E. Lewis) of the Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2 vols, 2016) and editor of Tomorrow Is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies (Michigan, 2014). His article, “Deadness,” co-authored with Jason Stanyek, won the 2011 Outstanding Article award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and was named one of MIT Press’s most influential articles in all disciplines. Prior to joining the Department of Music at Cornell, Piekut taught at the University of Southampton (UK).