Simon Industrial Fellows 2022-2023

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British-Bahraini trumpeter Yazz Ahmed and three-times Grammy awarded Puerto Rican percussionist Carlos Maldonado have received a Simon Industrial and Professional Fellowship. Working together with Dr Alexander Gagatsis at the Department of Music, the team aims to bring together examples of new scholarship and musical production to cast light on the dynamic world of diasporic jazz practices in the framework of dialogue between composers, performers, scholars, and students of jazz. Specifically, the fellowship will help develop expertise on jazz diasporas by engaging with two prominent jazz artists towards the composition of new music, to explore in situ the production of jazz fused with Afro Latin and Arabic elements, and the documentation of the creative process working in close collaboration with the artists. It will contribute towards an increased understanding of inter- and cross-cultural relations in terms of the influence of transnational diasporas, advancing the burgeoning dialogue between music and migration and jazz diasporas in particular, developing a language of discourse that will generate new research questions, create new educational initiatives, and explore new artistic and scholarly frontiers.

The project will result in the composition and premiere of a new work on Thursday 15th December (1.10-1.55, Cosmo Rodewald Theatre), and will be followed by a performance workshop and research forum with guest Dr Evanthia Patsiaoura that same afternoon.
PeriodSept 2022Mar 2023

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester