The Rhizome: documenting expansions and representations in British/Irish jazz and improvised music
THE RHIZOME (Mwamba and Ward, 2018) is an online visualisation of an ever-growing database of jazz and improvised music practitioners based in Britain and Ireland. From its inception with 200 names, the database has grown in size to around 1400 practitioners and 400 bands, and is currently the largest freely-accessible on-line snapshot of British and Irish jazz and improvising musicians.
Within it, disparate musicians are connected to others by shared associations and groupings. But the story of its creation also highlights issues of representation of and within jazz and improvised music; our place within the music's history, who writes that history, and how it is displayed. This presentation acts both as a technical guide to THE RHIZOME and a critique by its creator.
Born and based in Derby, Dr Corey Mwamba's commitment to jazz and improvised music in Britain and Ireland drives all aspects of his work, whether through making, presenting, promoting, or researching music.
Corey predominantly plays vibraphone and dulcimer, and uses audio processing software. Corey Mwamba is recognised as a highly creative improviser and composer working across a wide range of jazz and contemporary music. Corey won a PRSF/Jerwood Foundation Take Five artist development award in 2007; was short-listed for the Innovation category in the BBC Jazz Awards in 2008; and received nominations for "Rising Star on Vibraphone" in the 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th, and 68th DownBeat Annual Critics' Polls. He has recently joined Goldsmiths Music department as a lecturer.
Music Research Series lectures are free and all are welcome. It invites researchers from across the country, and from within the department, to present and discuss their work.
The Series is a space for the development of cutting-edge research in music, and for the training of postgraduate and Early Career Researchers from Goldsmiths and elsewhere.
The sessions bring together scholars, practitioners, and people working in music outside the university. They may include formal papers, panel discussions, conversations, or any other format that suits the research.
Sessions take place at 6pm alternate Thursdays in term 1 and 2.
Attendance is strongly recommended for all postgraduate students (MA, MMus and PGR) in Music, as the events will help hone research skills, facilitate the creation of professional networks and help to consolidate the department’s postgraduate community.
Undergraduates, researchers and visitors from across the college and the community are also most welcome to these public lectures.
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|14 Oct 2021||6:00pm - 7:30pm|
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