Category Archives: Jazz

2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence, with Prof Tony Whyton

RC 2014 conference_logoI’m delighted to say that, at the annual University Day celebration this week, Prof Tony Whyton and I 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), a 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, for we have the 3rd international Rhythm Changes conference, Beyond Jazz Borders, this September at Amsterdam Conservatory to look forward to.

Thank you for the award, Salford, it’s great to get such recognition. 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, 13 June

Here is the finalised programme for the symposium. 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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Film, Carnivalising the Creative Economy: AHRC-supported Research on and with British Jazz Festivals

Am delighted with this new 15-minute film about jazz festivals research, featuring academics and leading jazz festival directors talking about how they collaborate. It is made by Gemma Thorpe. Funded By the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as an output of the Creative Economy Showcase at King’s Place, London, on March 12 2014. Thanks to all who contributed—hoping to see it available on the websites of all the festivals and universities involved very soon. Enjoy!

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