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.
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.
The organisers are delighted to announce that the keynote address will be given by Professor Tony Whyton.
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.
Our CALL FOR PAPERS is now live!
Continental Drift: 50 Years of Jazz from Europe
16th and 17th of July, 2016
The organisers seek proposals for papers (to be delivered as a 20×20” slide-based presentation) based on two central themes that will function as stimulus for panel discussions:
- Key factors in the development of jazz in Europe.
- Moving forward – the future of jazz in Europe.
We intend to include a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives around these topics including but not limited to historical, analytical, philosophical, economical, cultural, political, and pedagogical viewpoints. We welcome proposals from any disciplinary background.
Conference proceedings will take two main forms:
- Each presenter will be invited to submit an article based on their presentation which will be published as part of an edited collection – details TBC.
- The event will be filmed and released as an open-access online resource.
Proposals should include the following details:
Institutional affiliation (if appropriate)
Title of paper
Please send your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday the 1st of March 2016. You will be notified of the outcome by Monday the 14th of March.
Dr Haftor Medbøe, Dr Zack Moir, and Prof. Chris Atton
Continental Drift 2018: Jazz festivals edition
A symposium event organised Edinburgh Napier University in association with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
14 July, 2018, 12:00 – 16:00 at Teviot Row, Edinburgh
Continental Drift presents an afternoon of panel discussions with audience Q&A. Featuring an exciting line-up of international jazz festival programmers, music journalists, musicians, and academics, we anticipate lively debate around key themes including the festivalisation of jazz, the impact of jazz festivals on local and global scenes, future proofing of festival formats, programming philosophies, cultural politics, funding, marketing and legacy.
Tickets: £10 including lunch
Tickets from EVENTBRITE
Browse highlights of our previous conferences below:
Continental Drift 2017: A century of jazz on record
Click on the link below to read journalist Neil Cooper’s inspired and energising panel presentation:
Adventures En Route to a Jazz Education: How Larry Stabbins Changed My Life
Link to Professor George McKay’s blog discussing themes from his thought-provoking and life-affirming keynote address:
George McKay: professor, writer, musician
Continental Drift: A century of jazz on record (2017 Conference) Photo Gallery
Continental Drift 2016: 50 years of jazz from Europe
We are pleased to announce the publication of conference proceedings from Continental Drift: 50 years of jazz from Europe, held in Edinburgh on July 16th – 17th, 2016.
The publication provides a snapshot of the breadth of perspectives that were presented during two days of lively debate and complements video and podcast outputs from four themed panel sessions available on the conference website.
We hope that the combined inputs from the first two years of Continental Drift provides a platform for continuing collaborative investigation and aim to build on these activities in years to come. The work is open access so please feel free to share and distribute as you wish – we are committed to ensuring that conference outputs are not limited to an academic audience.
Continental Drift: 50 years of jazz from Europe (2016 Conference) Photo Gallery
Click on image to go to 2016 Conference Photo Gallery page