Heli Reimann

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Heli Reimann is postdoctoral researcher at the Sibelius Academy, University of Arts, Helsinki. Her current focus is on monography project about Soviet Estonian jazz history. She holds a PhD in musicology from University of Helsinki (2015). 

Heli’s research activities lie in the interstices between jazz studies, cultural studies, Soviet studies, cultural history, Estonian history and jazz education. 

William Bares

Pianist / scholar William Bares received his Ph.D in ethnomusicology in 2009 from Harvard University under the mentorship of Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. He spent much of the past decade in Europe researching European jazz and playing professionally on the European scene. He has published articles on transatlantic jazz in Jazzforschung, Jazz Research Journal, American Music, and the Grove Dictionary of American Music, among others. He taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory before taking a job as assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in 2011. Bares is active in Asheville’s thriving musical community as an educator, musician and promoter. He was the solo pianist in the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s debut of Rhapsody in Blue, and is currently the curator of the Sunday Jazz Showcase at Asheville’s famed Isis Music Hall. He was also coordinator of Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues—an international meeting of scholars and musicians that took place in Asheville in October of 2014. His book, Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern, is forthcoming.

George McKay

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George McKay joined UEA as Professor of Media Studies in November 2014. Previously he was Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford (2005-14), where he established and directed the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre, and Professor of Cultural Studies at UCLan (2000-05).

He is currently engaged as an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellow for its Connected Communities Programme (2012-18). In 2015-16 this includes The Impact of Festivals project, in collaboration with research partner EFG London Jazz Festival, and postdoctoral research assistant Dr Emma Webster. He is also co-investigator (2015-18) on the EU Heritage+ project, Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME). 

Among his books are Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (Verso, 1996), DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (ed., Verso, 1998), Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (Gollancz, 2000),Community Music: A Handbook (co-ed. with Pete Moser, Russell House, 2004), Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (Duke UP, 2005), Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2011), Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2013), andThe Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture (ed., Bloomsbury, 2015).

He was founding co-editor in 2002 of Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Routledge), and associate editor (1993-2002) of the BAAS Paperback Series (Edinburgh UP). He was special issue editor of the journal Popular Music (28:3; 2009) on the theme of popular music and disability. He currently co-edits the Connected Communities: Creating a New Knowledge Landscape series for Policy Press, is a member of the editorial board of Jazz Research Journal and consulting editor of Social Movement Studies.

Professor McKay’s website is georgemckay.org; it contains comprehensive information about his research—including lots of open access links—books, events, reviews, even a little about his music (semi-pro jazz double bassist).

Conference Information

Edinburgh Napier University
16th & 17th of July, 2016

Continental Drift is a unique and dynamic conference hosted by Edinburgh Napier University, in association with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Through a programme of panel discussions, presentations and performances, the conference will present informed and lively discussion around the development of jazz in Europe, and cast an eye to the future of jazz in the region.

The conference is aimed at a broad audience (from jazz-fans to musicians, and academics) and will provide an opportunity for insight into European jazz and the communities, networks, institutions and industries that support and sustain it.

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Those Who Make It Happen – trailer

Continental Drift Conference is excited to be premiering the film “Those Who Make It Happen” by Pedro Santana & José Dias.

“Jazz is often portrayed as a pantheon of heroes who stood out as extraordinary individual artists. Those Who Make it Happen challenges this traditional concept and observes the phenomenon of Portuguese jazz as the result of a collective effort and commitment that mobilises not only artists, but also promoters, associations, audiences, researchers and a multitude of different agents. Without them – without all those who make it happen – jazz would not exist.

The short documentary film captures a turning point in Portuguese jazz, where the boundaries of personal, national and pan-European identities are being questioned.

Shot in Lisbon in early 2016, Those Who Make it Happen features the testimonies of musicians, promoters and researchers who think about jazz in Portugal in its artistic, pedagogical, performative, social and political dimensions.”

Matthias Heyman

Matthias HeymanMatthias Heyman (Belgium) is currently finalising his PhD research at the University of Antwerp in affiliation with the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire, where he obtained his MA in Jazz Performance (Double Bass). In his research he seeks to contextualise the bass playing of Ellingtonian Jimmie Blanton (1918-1942). In 2011, Matthias led a research project on Belgian jazz heritage, and he continues to specialise in his country’s jazz history. He is also active as a freelance double bassist, and is a lecturer of all jazz history and research courses at the Jazz Studio (Antwerp) and the LUCA School of Arts (Leuven). Matthias has published in journals such as Journal of Jazz Studies and Current Research in Jazz, besides presenting at several international conferences.

Conference Organisers & Researchers in Residence

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Prof Chris Atton is Professor of Media and Culture in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University. His work focuses on Alternative Media where his contribution has concentrated on the notion of alternative media not as an essentialised political position but as a set of socio-cultural processes that redraw the boundaries of expert culture and media power. His research interests include popular music, the creative economy, and teaching and learning in higher education. Atton has also written on censorship and media ethics.

Dr Haftor Medbøe is Associate Professor of Music, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Popular Music and Jazz Musician in Residence at Edinburgh Napier University. His research interests include cultural identity and transnational heritage in contemporary European jazz, popular music pedagogy, interdisciplinarity and practice-as-research. Alongside his academic career, he remains active as a guitarist/composer and over the past decade has released eight albums to international critical acclaim.

Web: www.haftormedboe.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/haftormedboe

Dr Zack Moir lectures across a broad range of music subjects at Edinburgh Napier University.  He is also a lecturer in music at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and is a Teaching Fellow in the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh. He has a strong research interest in popular music education, music pedagogy, music in higher education, musical improvisation, and composition. Zack is also an active musician and composer performing as a saxophonist in ensembles and as a soloist.

Web: www.zackmoir.com
Blog: www.thinkingaboutmusic.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/zackmoir

 

Tony Whyton

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Tony Whyton is Professor of Jazz Studies at Birmingham City University (BCU). His critically acclaimed books ‘Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition’ (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and ‘Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album’ (Oxford University Press, 2013) have sought to develop cross-disciplinary methods of musical enquiry. As an editor, Whyton published the Jazz volume of the ‘Ashgate Library of Essays on Popular Music’ in 2011 and continues to work as co-editor of the Jazz Research Journal (Equinox). In 2014, he founded the new Routledge series ‘Transnational Studies in Jazz’ alongside BCU colleague Dr Nicholas Gebhardt. Gebhardt and Whyton also edited ‘The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music’ (Routledge) in 2015, a collection that explores the ways in which musician-led collectives offer a powerful model for rethinking jazz practices in the post-war period.

From 2010-2013, Whyton was Project Leader for the ground-breaking HERA-funded Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities project (www.rhythmchanges.net), where he led a consortium of 13 researchers working across 7 Universities in 5 countries.  He is currently the Project Leader for CHIME, a 3-year JPI-Heritage Plus funded project that explores the relationship between jazz festivals and heritage sites (www.chimeproject.eu).

Espen Eriksen

Espen Eriksen
Espen Eriksen is perhaps best known for leading his own group, Espen Eriksen Trio, which has released three records on the acclaimed Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. The trio, referred to by BBC, as “superb musicians at the top of their game” have been credited by critics worldwide for having their own unique melodic and minimalistic style”. Eriksen has toured in Norway, Denmark, Iceland, England, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Greece, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Africa.
Eriksen also has a duo with trumpeter Gunnar Halle. Together they have released two records with folk songs and psalms from Norway and played about 100 concerts throughout Europe. Together with Halle, Eriksen is also plays in a trio with the Scottish-based Norwegian guitarist Haftor Medbøe. Eriksen has also played with musicians including Eivind Aarset, Andy Sheppard, Thomas Strønen, Audun Erlien and Håkon Kornstad.

As a journalist Eriksen has worked at Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK) since 2004. Here he has hosted different jazz programs, reviewed records and produced live recordings. His work at NRK often focuses on jazz that pushes the edges of its definition both towards the popular and the avant-garde. Eriksen has also taught jazz history and jazz analysis on bachelor and masters level at both The University of Oslo and Norwegian Academy of Music.

Luca Vitali

Luca Vitali

Luca Vitali is one of the founding members of Europe Jazz Media – a community of jazz journalists, media professionals and broadcasters. He has organised various contemporary music and performing arts events, and since 2010 has worked as one of the artistic curators of Bologna’s Angelica Festival. He has collaborated with various Norwegian institutions in Italy (Royal Norwegian Embassy, Royal Norwegian Consulate in Bologna), as well as with Jazzforum, Music Norway, Listen to Norway and Jazznytt.

Dave Kane

Dave Kane
Dave Kane was born in Bangor, N.Ireland where his first formal education in music was with acclaimed composer Brian Irvine. He then moved to England to complete a BA in Contemporary Music and a Masters degree in Composition from Leeds College of music. Kane is a self taught virtuoso of the double bass and has performed and recorded internationally at many established jazz festivals, including; Grenoble, Strasbourg, Vilnius, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Banlieues Bleues (Paris), Oslo, Vossa Jazz festival, Mai Jazz, Stavanger Tou scene, Stockholm, Llubjanna, Maribor, and London Jazz festival.

Currently based in Leeds, Kane is a founder of L.I.M.A. (Leeds Improvised Music Association) and is the manic driving force, musical director and composer for the L.I.M.A orchestra, a large jazz ensemble featuring some the UK’s finest young musicians.

He is also a member of the internationally acclaimed trio BDK, with pianist Matthew Bourne and drummer Steve Davis. They have received rave reviews and enthralled many large audiences at some of the most established jazz festivals across Europe. The trio’s debut album “Lost Something” was voted one of the best Albums of 2008 by BBC Radio 3.

As a bandleader and composer, Kane writes a vast amount of music for many ensembles of varying size and style. He has had his music performed on BBC Radio 3, and featured as guest artist on the channels specialist show ‘Jazz on 3’, completing both commissions and live studio sessions for the program.

As a composer Kane has been commissioned by; Radio 3, London Jazz Festival, LIMA festival, The Stavanger Kitchen Orchestra (Norway), Yorkshire Dance, Manchester Jazz festival, Moving on Music, Phoenix Dance, and many more. Kane has also been a recent participant in the prestigious ‘Take Five’ scheme: an artist development scheme for the most promising young jazz musicians in the UK, organised by Serious International Music Producers, the PRSF, and the Jerwood Foundation. More recent awards include – The PRS New Music Biennial Award 2014. (in collaboration with classical composer Piers Hellawell) and Kane has recently been nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for composition.

José Dias

Jose Dias

José Dias’ PhD research on European jazz networks, alongside his association with the intra-European 12 Points jazz festival and the Portuguese jazz netlabel Sintoma Records, has led to his appointment as delegate for 12 Points, around the subject of which he is currently organising a monograph on European jazz, as co-editor, in collaboration with Tony Whyton (Birmingham City University /CHIME /Rhythm Changes), Gerry Godley (Leeds College of Music /12 Points) and Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company /12 Points).

In Portugal, José Dias has been a leader in the establishment of platforms promoting knowledge exchange between academia and the music sectors – musicians, promoters, festivals, record labels, journalists, educators and researchers. This engagement has been channelled into initiatives such as Researchers in Residence (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Festa do Jazz Lisboa 2016), featuring high-profile international music researchers and promoters; and Future Jazz Talks (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Clean Feed Records/ Europe Jazz Network), as part of the 2016 EJN Board Meeting, in June 2016. José Dias is currently finishing the filming and editing of the documentary Those Who Make it Happen, on Portuguese jazz and its mapping in the European jazz scene, for release in July 2016.

As a musician, José Dias has performed with European and American artists at numerous international music festivals and venues, delivered master classes on composition and performance, and released a number of albums as both leader and sideman. As an educator, Jose Dias established and developed the course programme for the prestigious JBJazz School Lisbon, where he held the post of Pedagogical Director (2004-2012).

Niels Overgaard

Niels Overgaard
Niels Overgaard has been dubbed “no ordinary jazz blogger” by Danish national broadsheet Politiken, having over the past decade become Denmark’s most respected and prolific jazz critics. With a deep interest in the music’s historical framework, Niels Overgaard writes predominantly about Danish jazz and, through his unstinting commitment to his interest, has gained an unparalleled overview of jazz from the region.

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Elena Mîndru-Turunen

Elena Mindru

Elena Mîndru-Turunen is currently a PhD student within the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department in Helsinki, under the guidance of prof. Jukkis Uotila. She has been active as a jazz singer for more than ten years now, as well as a vocal coach for over seven years.

Originally from Romania, her musical background combines more genres and instruments. As a child, she studied classical violin and piano. She graduated her bachelor studies in classical composition and completed her masters in jazz within the Nordic Master of Jazz program. Main instrument: voice.

Elena has been receiving many awards in jazz festivals and competitions around Europe. The most important ones were in July 2012 in Switzerland, where she was awarded the 2nd Prize and the Public Prize by a jury presided by the great Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Voice Competition.

In 2012 she started her own record label (EM Records), through which she has released five titles already – three of her own and two of other bands.

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Pedro Cravinho

Pedro Cravinho
Pedro Cravinho currently is a Doctoral Visiting Researcher at Birmingham City University (BCU), United Kingdom. Cravinho is conducting his PhD research on Jazz on Television in Portugal during Estado Novo regime (1956-1974), at the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, under supervision of Prof. Rosário Pestana (UA, PT), and co-supervision of Prof. Nick Gebhardt (BCU, UK). Cravinho researches interests include Jazz Studies and Media Studies, with a particular interest in jazz and television, as also, the political and social history of Jazz Diaspora during the 20th century. He has numerous published and forthcoming articles on Portuguese jazz.

Renée Stefanie

Renée Stefanie

Renée Stefanie is a vocalist, specialising in Jazz through much of the broad spectrum that the genre label implies. Born in the Netherlands, raised in New Zealand, based in Scotland and with a debut album recorded in the South of France she is a musical amalgamation of European and American influences who has been initially overwhelmed by, and ultimately benefitted from, exposure to a variety of strong musical ideas, opinions and expressions.

She lectures in popular music at Edinburgh Napier University where she strives to collaborate with students in exploring a breadth of musical concepts and ideas; encouraging them to translate and interpret those ideas as tools to be utilised in the realisation of their own musical styles. Her primary areas of academic interest relate to methodologies and approaches to enhance creative practices, kinesthetic pedagogical approaches in relation to abstract concepts, and the adaptation of vocal performance to suit variations of musical context and creative intention.

Petter Frost Fadnes

Petter Frost Fadnes

With a parallel career in performance and academia, Frost Fadnes’ research interest is centered on improvisational thinking within a practical context, specifically looking at improvisational processes through musical performance. His overall mission is to demystify improvisational music making, and reveal the musical thought within the performance. As a saxophone player, Frost Fadnes is active much of the year with The Geordie Approach (UK/NO) – mixing acoustic and electronically manipulated sounds – in addition to the Stavanger-based collective Kitchen Orchestra, the quartet Mole (UK/FR/NO), and the trios Target (UK/AU/NO) and Trio DRP (UK/NO).

Frost Fadnes is Associate Professor at The Department of Music and Dance, University of Stavanger, and former principal investigator for the HERA-funded research project Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities.

William Bares

William Bares
Pianist / scholar William Bares received his Ph.D in ethnomusicology in 2009 from Harvard University under the mentorship of Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. He spent much of the past decade researching European jazz and playing professionally on the European scene. He has published articles on transatlantic jazz in Jazzforschung, Jazz Research Journal, American Music, and the Grove Dictionary of American Music, among others. He taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory before taking a job as assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in 2011. Bares is active in Asheville’s thriving musical community as an educator, musician and promoter. He was the solo pianist in the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s debut of Rhapsody in Blue, and serves as curator of the Sunday Jazz Showcase at Asheville’s famed Isis Music Hall. He was also coordinator of Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues—an international meeting of scholars and musicians that took place in Asheville in October of 2014. His book, Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern, is forthcoming.

Donald James

Donald James
Donald James is an ethnomusicologist, musician, and music writer based in Boston. His Ph.D research investigated the effects of cultural policy on jazz musicians and style on the Paris scene in the mid-2000s. He has written on jazz and popular music for a variety of outlets—most notably, WGBH’s Front Row Boston, where he is the managing editor. James was also host and producer of Exploring Black Music, a podcast of the Center for Black Music Research.

James is a lecturer in ethnomusicology at Boston College and has taught at a number of institutions in the Boston area. He has lectured publicly on French cultural policy and jazz at the Copenhagen Philosophy Forum’s lecture series on Jazz and Philosophy, and various conferences and venues in the US and Europe. Most recently, James has begun work on a research project on cultural labor and the political economy of music in the Shoals region of Alabama.

Twitter: @thedonaldjames

Lawrence Davies

Lawrence Davies

Lawrence Davies is a PhD student at King’s College London researching the performance and appreciation of blues music in Britain before 1960. As well as tracking the genre’s transatlantic dissemination through live performance, recordings, and radio, his research examines how the blues was interpreted through broader, transnational jazz and folk ‘revival’ movements, fueling contemporary debates over national, social, and racial identity.

Lawrence is currently writing the entry on ‘British Blues’ for the forthcoming Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, and blogs about his research at allthirteenkeys.com. From January – May 2016 he is a British Research Council Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In 2017, he will embark on an Edison Fellowship at the British Library to research the intertwined histories of classical, jazz, and ‘dance band’ music on record and radio in interwar Britain. Future plans include research on networks of creative labour in the blues.

Website: www.allthirteenkeys.com
Twitter: @allthirteenkeys

Chris Inglis

Chris Inglis
Chris Inglis is a musicologist currently based in Sheffield, whose research explores the emergence and development of the genre of electro swing. After graduating from the BA (Hons) Music, Technology and Innovation programme at De Montfort University, he has recently completed the MA Musicology programme at the University of Sheffield. His other research interests include punk, and the art of live performance.

Michael Kahr

Michael Kahr

Michael Kahr currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the Institutes for Jazz und Jazz Research the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria and held previous positions at the universities of Vienna, Austria and Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD in 2010 at the University of Sydney with the dissertation „Aspects of Context and Harmony in the Music of Clare Fischer“. His research was or is accepted to be published in journals such as Jazz Research Journal, Jazzforschung / Jazz Research, Journal for Artistic Research, Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Folkwang Studien and Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, as well as in books by Rutledge and Cambridge Scholars Press. Academic presentations were held at universities in Newark, Los Angeles, Birmingham, Leeds, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Weimar, Lucerne and others. In 2010 Kahr worked as a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. and in 2011 he received the Morroe Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Award. Much of Kahr’s creative work as a professional pianist and composer appears in close relation to his research. He performed at major jazz clubs and festivals and released several CDs.

Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft is a drummer, composer, bandleader and educator. Trained as a medical doctor Tom now makes a living from music. He has played with musicians ranging from Sun Ra and Martyn Bennett to Geri Allen and Bill Wells.

He leads occasional big band Orchestro Interrupto, group Trio Red,and the non-jazz electronic/experimental group Vincent – with Japanese avant grade pianist Satoko Fujii, as well as being a long term member of Trio AAB and a founder member of the Pathhead Music Collective. In 2007 he won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and a Herald Angel award for his kids music show Kidsamonium and in 2004 won the Creative Scotland Award. He has devised/produced a range of events like; Clandemonium – a 2000 strong jazz flash mob; Heidland – a fictional multi-media recreation of Pathhead in 5 spaces in Edinburgh’s Dancebase; and Multi Story Karma Park – the multi media jazz big band, dance, and video show that first introduced Martyn Bennett to Michael Marra. He has also composed music for dance, film, radio, and TV.

After running Scottish jazz record company Caber Music for 7 years, he now runs the music education company ABC Creative Music (www.abccreativemusic.com) with his twin brother Phil. The company produces music creativity education resources for mainstream schools and has over 7000 teachers signed up to use lessons teaching creativity and improvisation to young children.

Emma Webster

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Emma Webster is currently working as the Research Associate at the University of East Anglia on the one-year AHRC Connected Communities-funded project, the Impact of Festivals, with Professor George McKay, in collaboration with the EFG London Jazz Festival. She is a co-founder and co-Director of Live Music Exchange, a hub for anyone interested in live music research, and is a co-author on a three-part history of live music in Britain, as well as co-authoring the Edinburgh live music census report and the Association of Independent Festivals’ six-year report. Emma received her doctorate from the University of Glasgow in 2011; her research was a study of live music promotion in the UK, and her field of interest is live music, festivals, and cultural policy. Prior to returning to academia, Emma worked professionally for eight years in music in a variety of roles and genres including opera, ‘world’ music, acid techno, festivals and digital distribution.

Impact of Festivals website – https://impactoffestivals.wordpress.com/
Impact of Festivals Twitter – @festival_impact / http://twitter.com/festival_impact
Emma Webster website – http://emmawebster.org/
Emma Webster Twitter – @EmmaWebsterUK / http://twitter.com/EmmaWebsterUK

Jeremiah Spillane

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Jeremiah is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London. His current research, entitled Identity, Improvisation and Influence: the Stylistic Development and Enduring Legacy of Django Reinhardt focuses on the Manouche jazz guitarist and aims to develop a clearer picture of his stylistic development. Drawing on his background of musicology and cultural heritage studies Jeremiah’s work examines Reinhardt via a critical engagement of his socio-cultural milieux, and within the frame of his geo-historical context. This research pays particular attention to the intersections of genres and the diverse interactions between musicians and styles at a global level.
Research interests include, jazz; swing; bebop; improvisation; noise music.

José Dias – researcher and project leader in the field of Jazz Studies

Jose DiasThe conference organisers welcome José Dias from Lisbon, Portugal.

His PhD research on European jazz networks, alongside his association with the intra-European 12 Points jazz festival and the Portuguese jazz netlabel Sintoma Records, has led to his appointment as delegate for 12 Points, around the subject of which he is currently organising a monograph on European jazz, as co-editor, in collaboration with Tony Whyton (Birmingham City University /CHIME /Rhythm Changes), Gerry Godley (Leeds College of Music /12 Points) and Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company /12 Points).

In Portugal, José Dias has been a leader in the establishment of platforms promoting knowledge exchange between academia and the music sectors – musicians, promoters, festivals, record labels, journalists, educators and researchers. This engagement has been channelled into initiatives such as Researchers in Residence (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Festa do Jazz Lisboa 2016), featuring high-profile international music researchers and promoters; and Future Jazz Talks (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Clean Feed Records/ Europe Jazz Network), as part of the 2016 EJN Board Meeting, in June 2016. José Dias is currently finishing the filming and editing of the documentary Those Who Make it Happen, on Portuguese jazz and its mapping in the European jazz scene, for release in July 2016.

As a musician, José Dias has performed with European and American artists at numerous international music festivals and venues, delivered master classes on composition and performance, and released a number of albums as both leader and sideman. As an educator, Jose Dias established and developed the course programme for the prestigious JBJazz School Lisbon, where he held the post of Pedagogical Director (2004-2012).

Niels Overgaard – JAZZNYT.com

Niels Overgaard
The organising committee has great pleasure in announcing conference panel-participation by Niels Overgaard.

Dubbed “no ordinary jazz blogger” by Danish national broadsheet, Politiken, Niels Overgaard has, over the past decade, become Denmark’s most respected and prolific jazz critics. With a deep interest in the music’s historical framework, Niels Overgaard writes predominantly about Danish jazz and, through his unstinting commitment to his interest, has gained an unparalleled overview of jazz from the region.

To appreciate the scope of Niels’ output, visit JAZZNYT.com