Jazz Studies – New Perspectives
Date & Time:
12th June, 16:00
C286, Curzon B, Birmingham City University
This event is part of the weekly research seminar series for the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR). Book tickets below to hear the following papers:
Dr. Sarah Raine (BCU)
Keychange at Cheltenham Jazz Festival: Challenges for women musicians in jazz and ways forward for equal gender representation at jazz festivals
This paper considers an AHRC-funded Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship project in partnership with Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Now half way through, Sarah will present her reflections upon this partnership project, initial themes that are emerging in relation to the experiences of women musicians active on the UK jazz scene, and how these relate to the initial strategy undertaken by Cheltenham Jazz Festival in their Keychange (PRS Foundation) pledge to achieve a 50/50 gender balanced programme by 2022.
Dr Petter Frost Fadnes (University of Stavanger)
Jazz-Japanisation and the role of the jazu kissa
The traditional coffeehouse – the jazu kissa or jazz kissaten – is a category of dedicated listening cafés only found on the Japanese islands; where the musical selection comes across as a carefully considered curation of the jazz canon. These one-of-a-kind cafés-sometimes-bars are meticulously constructed around vinyls as devotedly as theatres and concert halls pay attention to on-stage design, sound and lighting; comprising a full-blown experiential package for the senses towards its over-average dedicated listeners.
Through exploring the kissa as a public space for social listening, this paper finds new ways of exploring jazz-Japanisation. Shifting between historic references and contemporary life, the coffeehouse becomes the axis from which we can move outwards to catch the essences of Japanese performativity.
About the speakers:
Dr Sarah Raine is a Research Fellow at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. She researches multigenerational music scenes and is particularly interested in issues of gender and generation in relation to music practices and experiences. She is also the co-Managing Editor for Riffs, the Review Editor for Popular Music History and a Book Series Editor for Equinox Publishing.
Dr Petter Frost Fadnes is Assistant Dean of Research and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Performing Arts, University of Stavanger. He is an active improviser and saxophone player, and combined with research on improvisational performativity, has published on a wide range of related topics; such as jazz collectives, cultural factories, film scoring, jazz for young people and improvisational pedagogy.