Welcome to the Re/Sounding Jazz Conference, Amsterdam

Aug 22 2017 Published by under News

The Rhythm Changes team is hugely looking forward to welcoming all delegates from all academic areas interested in jazz studies, as well as the music and creative sectors, to the latest in our international conferences on jazz, which opens at the Conservatory of Amsterdam on 31 August. Our theme, in this centenary year for recorded jazz music, is Re/Sounding Jazz.

The team met a year ago to firm up the shape and call of the event. The conference committee consists of Dr Christa Bruckner-Haring (Kunst Uni. Graz), Prof Nick Gebhardt (BCU),  Prof George McKay (UEA), Dr Loes Rusch (UvA and CvA), Prof Catherine Tackley (U. of Liverpool), Prof Tony Whyton (BCU), and head of conference Prof Walter van de Leur (UvA and CvA). We are delighted that the conference has come together so well and we feel that this programme is one of the very best (in the top five!) we have produced to date.

Re/Sounding Jazz includes around 140 delegates, over 100 papers, with speakers coming from 30 countries, from Australia to South Africa, and from the US to Norway. We have two keynote speakers–in the spirit of transatlantic dialogue, one each from the US and Europe–as well as representatives from dozens of different music institutions, archives and conservatories. All information about the conference is available here, and you’ll find the Conference Guide here.

Finally, before we begin, some words from our conference chair, Walter van de Leur.

Once again it is my great pleasure to welcome you to a Rhythm Changes international jazz conference at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. This is our third such conference in Amsterdam, the other two were held in Salford and Birmingham. You keep coming back, so we must be doing something right.

We are proud of the fact that we have organised five of these international conferences since 2011. Think of that for a moment–it is part of the effort we as a team of researchers from Europe have put into building a new community of jazz scholars across much of the globe. But it has also to do with the enthusiasm and desire which you have shown repeatedly, simply and generously to share your ideas and your company with us. To jazz research friends old and new I say: Welcome (back) to Amsterdam, and let’s have a ball.

 

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Rhythmic samples of football commentary

Aug 31 2011 Published by under Events

Tony explains his use of a sample as a rhythmic cue in one of the Tin Men and the Telephone compositions.

Tin Men and the Telephone perform at the Bimhuis at the opening of the Rhythm Changes conference in Amsterdam, this Thursday, 1st September.

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Jazz in layers

Aug 31 2011 Published by under Events

Tony Roe talks about the concept of “layering” within music and video performance.

Tin Men and the Telephone perform at the Bimhuis at the opening of the Rhythm Changes conference in Amsterdam, this Thursday, 1st September.

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Why use video in jazz?

Aug 30 2011 Published by under Events

Tony Roe from Tin Men and the Telephone explains why he uses video in his performances.

Tin Men and the Telephone perform at the Bimhuis at the opening of the Rhythm Changes conference in Amsterdam, this Thursday, 1st September.

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Rhythm Changes Conference 2011

Oct 12 2010 Published by under Events

The first Rhythm Changes Conference will take place in Amsterdam from 2-4 September 2011.  The international event, co-hosted with the Amsterdam Conservatory, will focus on the theme of ‘Jazz and National Identities’.  Keynote speakers will include Professor Bruce Johnson (Universities of Macquarie, Turku and Glasgow) and Professor Ronald Radano (University of Wisconsin-Madison).  For further information, click on the Call for Papers

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Music and associative vernacular media

Sep 12 2010 Published by under News

This is a short video taken by one of the artists involved in the Aftershock Project in Manchester earlier this year. In it, some musicians are composing a song together. A week earlier, most of them had never met. A week later, they had performed that song together on stage in front of a packed audience, and returned to their homes in England, France and Italy.

By itself, the video is fairly unremarkable, though it does give a brief insight into the creative process, which normally would be hidden from an audience. Musicians traditionally tend to like presenting finished things.

But what it represents in terms of a methodology, a process and a way of ‘making internet’ with respect to music (and musicking) is something that really interests me – and has formed the basis for much of my academic work over the past year or so.

Because what’s interesting is not the video itself, but the way in which that video potentially links to other, related videos from within the same context – and makes connections from which narrative meaning can be constructed.

Call it associative vernacular mediation.

In other words, just as you can build something unique with a set of Lego bricks, you can create a multi-perspective story using these rough-and-ready vernacular video clips.

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Tony introduces the project

Jun 25 2010 Published by under Events

Rhythm Changes team leader Tony Whyton introduces the project at the HERA event in Vienna.

HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) is the funding organisation that has made this project possible, and we are part of the Cultural Dynamics strand.

A two-part question that followed from the floor (and I’m paraphrasing here): How will you incorporate the important role of jazz in other European countries – particularly France and Germany – and how will the work intersect with the obvious importance of Afro-American jazz heritage?

To which Tony replied:

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