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.

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.


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.

www.elenamindru.com www.


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.

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

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.

Jeremiah Spillane


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.

Call for Papers Closed

Yesterday, the conference organising team spent a very pleasant and stimulating morning reviewing responses to our call for papers.

We’re very excited about the selection of esteemed colleagues from around the world who have offered to present papers on a range of diverse topics that tie in with conference themes.

Stay tuned for details.  We will be posting the conference programme, as well as information about all the participants in the near future.