Profs Tony Whyton and George McKay win University of Salford research excellence award for Rhythm Changes project

Jun 21 2014 Published by under News

We”re delighted to announce that, at the annual University Day celebration this week, Profs Tony Whyton and George McKay won the University of Salford’s Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for 2014. This was for the Rhythm Changes: European Jazz and National Identities research project (2010-13), that brilliantly stimulating and massively creative and fun three-year jazz jaunt, caravanserai, parade, around the New (Euro-)Jazz Studies, with partners from Graz, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Birmingham, and Stavanger, musicians, artists, festivals, academics, archivists. Yes, that project was an absolute blast—and it’s still going of course, for we have the 3rd international Rhythm Changes conference, Beyond Jazz Borders, this September at Amsterdam Conservatory to look forward to.

It’s great to get such recognition from Salford, the university that led the project. Here’s what the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Martin Hall (left, in photo below) , had to say at University Day, which was attended by 400 colleagues from across the institution.

The University of Salford is nothing without its people. Everyone has a part to play in making the University … the vibrant, pioneering and, above all, warm and welcoming institution that it is. Without you, this University would be little more than bricks and mortar. It is you who bring these buildings to life with your passion, your endless enthusiasm, your dreams, your focus on our students, your curiosity, thirst for knowledge, the need to find answers and a desire to change lives.

VC Award Salford with Tony Whyton

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Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures symposium programme, Salford UK, 13 June 2014

Jun 06 2014 Published by under Events

salford_logoHere is the finalised programme for the symposium, which includes jazz festivals and several contributions from the Rhythm Changes team. Further information, including directions and registration information, is here.

Friday 13 June 2014, The Old Fire Station, University of Salford

9:30 – 9:50           Arrival and Coffee

9:50 – 10:00        Welcome and introduction – Professor George McKay, University of Salford

10:00 – 10:45      Keynote 1           Dr Gina Arnold, Stanford University
Race, space, and representation at American rock festivals

10:45 – 12:15      Session 1             Aspects of and developments in festival culture

Dr Nicholas Gebhardt, Birmingham City University
Rock festivals of the transatlantic counterculture

Dr Anne Dvinge, University of Copenhagen
Musicking in Motor City: reconfiguring urban space at the Detroit Jazz Festival

Dr Roxanne Yeganegy, Leeds Metropolitan University
No Spectators! Burning Man, boutique festivals and the art of participation

12:15 – 1:00        Lunch   

Includes screening of short film, Carnivalising the Creative Economy: AHRC-funded Research on and with British Jazz Festivals (dir. Gemma Thorpe, 2014)

1:00 – 2:30           Session 2             Mediating, Performing and Technologising the Festival

Dr Mark Goodall, University of Bradford

Out of Sight: the mediation of the music festival
Dr Rebekka Kill, Leeds Metropolitan University
The artist at the music festival: visual art, performance and hybridity 

Dr Andrew Dubber, Birmingham City University
Music Technologism: innovation, collaboration and participation at the festival of music ideas

2:30 – 3:15           Keynote 2           Alan Lodge, veteran festivals photographer and travellers activist

Discussion and showing of some key photographs of festivals, New Travellers and alternative culture in Britain since the late 1970s

3:15 – 3:30           Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:15           Session 3             How to Make a Popular Music Festival

Ben Robinson, director, Kendal Calling festival

Danny Hagan, co-founder, Green Man festival

4:15 – 5:45           Session 4             From Festivals to Arenas

Professor Robert Kronenburg, University of Liverpool
From Shed to Venue: The Architecture of Popular Music Performance

Dr Emma Webster, Oxford Brookes University
The role of promoters at arena shows: a case study of Stereophonics at Glasgow’s SECC arena

Dr Ben Halligan, University of Salford
Skanky Shamanism: Sensual Audience Participation and the Miley Cyrus “Bangerz” Arena Tour

5:45 – 6:00pm    Close

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All About Jazz reviews the Salford Rethinking Jazz Cultures conference

Apr 30 2013 Published by under Events

Ake Rethinking Jazz CulturesYou know you must be doing something right when the jazz media starts reviewing academic events. Excellent! Here’s to more and deeper dialogue and collaboration between all critics, enthusiasts, and historians of the music. As reviewer Ian Patterson asks in his piece, just published here in the leading online magazine All About Jazz:

The study of jazz in academic institutions may be a relatively modern trend, but the presence of over a hundred academics from South Africa to Russia and from America to Portugal at the Rhythm Changes: Rethinking Jazz Cultures conference, at Media City UK, Salford, underlined that it’s an undeniably global phenomenon. It’s also a sign of the continuing evolution and maturation of historical, socio-political, anthropological and musicological perspectives on music that is more than a century long in the tooth. There may be some who feel that jazz and academia make for odd companions, mutually exclusive fields, but if academic scrutiny is good enough for poetry, literature, graphic art, cinema, theater and other forms of music, then why not jazz?

Quite. Why not. Knowledge exchange, in process.

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Rethinking Jazz Cultures Photo Gallery

Apr 24 2013 Published by under Events

Keynote provocationIf you’re still having Conference withdrawal symptoms and enjoyed the Storified Twitter feed and London Jazz Blog Conference summary below, why not check out the photo gallery of selected images from the Rethinking Jazz Cultures event here?

A big thank you to Ian Patterson, Andrew Dubber, George McKay and Walter van de Leur for sharing their images with us! Feel free to send in more images and we’ll add them to the gallery.

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Rethinking Jazz Cultures full programme

Mar 14 2013 Published by under Events

Rethinking Jazz Cultures Programme

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Rhythm Changes Conference poster

Mar 13 2013 Published by under Events

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Rethinking Jazz Cultures schedule

Mar 11 2013 Published by under Events

The provisional schedule for the Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference can be downloaded here:
Rhythm Changes II draft schedule

The cross disciplinary event will be the largest jazz research conference ever hosted, featuring c.90 presentations across a four-day period. The Conference will kick off with a reception at The CUBE gallery in Manchester on Thursday 11 April which showcases Paul Floyd Blake’s Rhythm Changes photography exhibition.

Visit the conference pages on this site or click here to register for the event.

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Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Oct 19 2012 Published by under Events, News

Rethinking Jazz Cultures provides an opportunity to explore a number of critical questions bound up with jazz and the dynamics of culture, from Americanisation to the politics of migration and race, from the impact of globalisation and the hybridisation of musical styles to the creation of social institutions and distinct communities, from jazz’s shifting aesthetic status from popular to canonical ‘art’ music. Jazz continues to play a complex role in the cultural life of nations worldwide, shaping scenes, constructing communities and cultural values; the music feeds into historical narratives that are marked by conflict and contradiction but the role the music plays in everyday life is rarely understood. Whilst jazz has developed in a range of national settings through different influences and interactions, as evidenced in the first Rhythm Changes Conference in Amsterdam 2011, the music is also a transgressor of the idea of nation. ‘Rethinking Jazz Cultures’, therefore, aims to explore wider issues surrounding identity and inheritance, enabling unique perspectives on how culture is exchanged, adopted and transformed.

Rethinking Jazz Cultures is a three day multi-disciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers in the fields of jazz studies, media and cultural studies, history and American studies. The event will take place at the University of Salford’s prestigious new building at Media City UK, Salford Quays, commencing with a reception on Thursday 11 April 2013. The Conference committee invites papers and panel proposals that feed directly into the Conference theme and is interested in featuring perspectives from a range of international contexts. Although not restricted to specific themes, possible topics could include:

• Jazz, Americanisation and the politics of globalisation
• Sonic cultural identities (African American, the Nordic Tone, South African jazz etc.)
• Jazz cosmopolitanism
• Migration and trans-cultural exchange
• Jazz scenes, contexts and places
• Sub-cultural practices
• Genre boundaries and hybridity
• Trans-national or post-national jazz sounds
• Postcolonial settings for jazz
• Jazz collectives and communities
• Media dissemination and the spread of jazz culture
• Venues, festivals and the dynamics of culture
• Jazz, censorship and political struggle
• Jazz in urban and rural spaces
• Jazz traditions
• Cultural politics of jazz
• Cultural memory and jazz
• Revising jazz history

The Conference committee welcomes individual papers and proposals for panels and roundtable discussions. For individual papers, abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted. Panels and roundtable proposals should include a session overview, participant biographies and description of individual contributions. Abstracts and proposals (as well as event queries) should be sent to Professor Tony Whyton ( t.whyton@salford.ac.uk ) by 5 November 2012.

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Rhythm Changes Conference 2013

Jun 14 2012 Published by under News

Call for Papers
Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures
11-14 April 2013, Media City UK/University of Salford
An international conference hosted by the Rhythm Changes research project at the University of Salford.

Keynote Speakers
E. Taylor Atkins, Northern Illinois University
David Ake, University of Nevada, Reno

“From its beginnings, jazz has presented a somewhat contradictory social world: Jazz musicians have worked diligently to tear down old boundaries, but they have just as resolutely constructed new ones; jazz provided one of the first locations of successful interracial cooperation in America, yet it has also served to perpetuate negative stereotypes and to incite racial unrest.’ Continue Reading »

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