Simon Industrial and Professional Fellow, 2023-2024

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This fellowship aims to raise awareness among researchers, artists, audiences and community organisations about the music of the Latin Americas, and how patterns of music and migration are reflected in popular musical production today. Working in partnership with students and teachers at partner schools Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Abraham Moss, and three music hubs administrated by OneEducation, four times Grammy-awarded Puerto Rican percussionist, Carlos Maldonado, and Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Department of Music, Dr Alexander Gagatsis, will provide training in Latin American music, celebrating along the way the ethnic diversity of participants, and highlighting the potent force that the amalgamation of culture and ideas can bring.

This project builds on recent celebrations of Black popular music and specifically the celebration of the Windrush generation to the development of jazz in the UK by bringing the focus of attention on the influence of Latin America and the Caribbeans to the British scene more broadly, and Manchester specifically. The fellowship aims to fuel new ideas and research about this intercultural exchange, developing a language of discourse that will generate new research questions, create new educational initiatives and explore new artistic frontiers.

This initiative is a direct outcome of previous community work conducted by Gagatsis and Simon Industrial and Professional Fellows Carlos Maldonado and Yazz Ahmed in 2022-2023. The team will teach Latin American musical cultures, whose importance is constructed on its ability to interact with local communities, its international impact on popular musics, and its negotiations with other cultures.
PeriodSept 2023Mar 2024

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester