Project Spotlight

  • Thinking with Jazz Symposium
    Post date: Wed, 17/10/2012 - 21:56
  • Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference
    Post date: Thu, 14/06/2012 - 17:08

    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

    Conference outline

  • Europe Jazz Network report
    Post date: Thu, 14/06/2012 - 16:54

    Europe Jazz Network has recently published an evaluative research study of its membership. Two documents have been published – an executive summary document outlining the main findings from the research, and an extensive research study displaying both qualitative and quantitative data on the network and its membership. As a member of the research steering group, Rhythm Changes Project leader Tony Whyton was invited to write a foreword for the full report and to share Rhythm Changes’ interviews and case study materials gathered over the last year.

  • Rhythm Changes commission
    Post date: Mon, 16/01/2012 - 21:37
    Award-winning photographer Paul Floyd Blake has been commissioned to undertake a project that feeds into the core themes of Rhythm Changes. Floyd Blake describes himself as a mixed race, Jamaican-English photographer who explores identity through documentary and portraiture.   He won the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in 2009 for his picture of Rosie Bancroft (pictured) and, over the past few years, has been working on several projects linked to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In undertaking the Rhythm Changes commission, F
  • PULSE - new media project at the Maijazz Festival Stavanger
    Post date: Mon, 09/05/2011 - 13:53

    Over the next week, several Rhythm Changes team members will be working together on a web and performance project.  There will be a performance at the Maijazz festival in Stavanger on Thursday 12 May featuring the Kitchen Orchestra and two Japanese visual artists.  Leading up to that event, Rhythm Changes researcher Andrew Dubber will be live-blogging, using video and other online tools to provide an insight into the process and the thinking behind that event.

  • Kitchen Orchestra/Pulse New Media Study
    Post date: Mon, 09/05/2011 - 13:48

    Over the next week, several of the Rhythm Changes team members will be working together on a web and performance project. Pulse is a multimedia production based on a commissioned work by composers John Lilja and Dag Egil Njaa, in collaboration with the two Japanese multimedia artists Nagato and Suzuki. The project comprises structures based on pulse: pulse as in the smallest building block of sound, rhythm, human interaction, biology. In short, pulse in everything.

  • Metropolis at the CMPCP conference
    Post date: Fri, 15/04/2011 - 21:26

    Metropolis is a highly creative group working at the forefront of the 'progressive improvised jazz' movement in the UK.  The group features Rhythm Changes team members Dr Petter Frost Fadnes and Nick Katuszonek as well as bassist Colin Sutton and the Perrier Award winner, pianist Dr Matthew Bourne.  The group has been invited perform at the AHRC's Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice Conference (CMPCP) in July.  The performance will be followed by a plenary session involving members of the band that will examine concepts of creativity, improvised practice and nationa

  • CMPCP/IMR Seminar, ''Music from the hybridies': jazz as national and trans-national practice'
    Post date: Tue, 12/04/2011 - 20:50

    Taking its title from an album by the Norwegian group Farmer's Market, this seminar examines the concept of national sound in jazz and the ways in which European jazz practice has previously been understood as a vehicle for asserting national identity. Drawing on performance examples from a range of European musicians, from Jan Gabarek to John Tchicai, Django Bates to Han Bennink, I suggest that European jazz practice works more effectively as a model for challenging cultural stereotypes and geographical boundaries than as an embodiment of national sound.

  • Rhythm Changes panel at the Current Issues in European Cultural Studies Conference
    Post date: Tue, 12/04/2011 - 20:42
    Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities
  • Rhythm Changes at the Maijazz Festival
    Post date: Tue, 12/04/2011 - 19:09

    The Rhythm Changes team will be participating in the Maijazz Festival in Stavanger.  Andrew Dubber will be working on a new media project on jazz collectives, working alongside Dr Petter Frost Fadnes and the Kitchen Orchestra.  There will also be a Rhythm Changes symposium on Saturday 14 May featuring Andrew Dubber in conversation with the Punkt festival founder and live sampling artist Jan Bang.