Rhythm Changes: Jazz Utopia- Conference Schedule 2016

Apr 12 2016 Published by under Conference, Events, News


With the conference fast approaching, we are pleased to announce the conference schedule for this year’s Rhythm Changes conference. Please click on the link below to view a PDF schedule. Schedules will also be provided as part of the conference booklet, available upon registration.


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Rhythm Changes: Jazz Utopia Conference Reception- Opening Address by Soweto Kinch

Apr 10 2016 Published by under Conference, Events, News

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure


The fourth Rhythm Changes conference, Jazz Utopia, will take place at Birmingham City University from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April 2016.

A?Nicholas Gebhardt and the conference committee are pleased to invite all conference delegates to attend the opening reception of Rhythm Changes IV – Jazz Utopia, between 18.00 and 21.00 on Thursday 14 April 2016 at:


The Parkside Building (Atrium)

Birmingham City University

5 Cardigan Street


B4 7BD


Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two

UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtraa??s Twin B.

Kincha??s projects also extend beyond recorded albums. Writing the score for Jonzi Da??s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist (2010), and Sampada??s In The Further Soil (2010), a dance-theatre. Kinch also wrote and acted in the latter piece, which toured throughout India for a month.


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Rhythm Changes: Jazz Utopia- Plenary Performances

Apr 08 2016 Published by under Conference, Events, News


Jazz Utopia are pleased to present the plenary performances forA?Rhythm Changes 2016. Buses will transport delegates from the conference site to the venues, as noted in the conference schedule (available in delegate pack).A?Tickets for both performances are included within the delegate pack.A?Saturday night’s performance will follow the conference supper, hosted at Bar Utopia- please sign up for the conference supper by clicking here.


Sean Gibba??s MOSAIC

Friday 15 April 5-6:30pm a?? Symphony Hall CafA? Bar

MOSAIC is a band led by Sean Gibbs featuring some of the most exciting players from the Birmingham jazz scene. They play compositions of Seana??s that encompass influences from the jazz tradition alongside the earthy grooves of blues, rock and whatever else takes their fancy.

Sean Gibbs – Trumpet

Ben Lee – Guitar

Andy Bunting – Piano

Nick Jurd – Bass

Euan Palmer a?? Drums


Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra

Saturday 16 April 8pm a?? Adrian Boult Hall

Multi-Instrumentalist and composer Mike Fletcher leads his 12 piece jazz orchestra in a performance featuring the premiere of a ne
work written by the acclaimed Scottish composer Anna Meredith.

AlongsideA?this new work the orchestra will perform music written by their leader whose primary interest is in balancing composition with improvisation, creating music that has a a??free-wheeling, experimental atmosphere and the real vibrancy that music being created in the moment can have.a??

As a nominee for the ECHO Rising Stars 2014/2015 programme Mike Fletcher has recently appeared at the Barbican Centre as part of the London Jazz Festival, Hamburga??s Laiezhalle and the CBSO Centre in Birmingham.

Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic, whose sound is frequently described as maximalist and uncategorisable. Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 Services, PRADA fashion campaigns, numerous films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and broadcast on Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.

Performances Birmingham Limited gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Hinrichsen Foundation, John Feeney Charitable Trust, and PRS for Music Foundation.

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Vox Pop at Rhythm Changes: Jazz Utopia

Apr 07 2016 Published by under Conference, Events, Media, News

Alan Musson from Black Country Radio will be recording sections of the conference to produce a series of Vox Pops. We invite you all to express your thoughts and opinions on the sessions and performances. Alan would be more than happy to hear from you, so please introduce yourself during the event.


Alan’s show, Jazz Kaleidoscope, is on air every Monday from 9 to 11pm on Black Country Radio.

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Jazz Promoters Network- Annual General Meeting

Apr 07 2016 Published by under Conference, Events





The first formal JPN Annual General Meeting will take place on 14th April (11.00-17.00) at Birmingham City University, followed by a Planning Conference. This meeting is held in association with theA?Rhythm Changes conferenceA?and welcomes Rhythm Changes delegates.

TheA?election for JPN Board membersA?will take place at the AGM, and only current members are eligible to vote (one vote per member organisation).A?Get in touchA?to enquire about joining or to renew your membership.



Registration viaA?EventbriteA?is free for JPN members and A?30 + booking fee for non-members.

Schedule of AGM andA?Planning Conference

AGM Papers
JPN Chaira??s Report April 2016A?(pdf)
JPN a?? Summary first period accounts at 31 March 2016A?(pdf)

Venue details and mapA?(external link)


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