Category Archives: music

SMFA’s Dr Ruth Herbert a trustee for National Youth Jazz Collective

Dr. Ruth Herbert, 2018.

 

Music Psychologist and performer, Dr Ruth Herbert, SMFA’s Lecturer in Contemporary and 20th Century Music Performance, has been invited to become a trustee of the National Youth Jazz Collective.

Founded in 2007, The NYJC supports the creative & educational needs of the young jazz musician, focusing on small group improvisation within a pathway of progression from beginners to young professionals, supporting music education to increase the ability of 8 – 18 year -olds to play by ear in small groups: to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands.

Commented Dr Herbert: “I am delighted to have been invited to be a trustee for National Youth Jazz Collective. At a time when arts provision (including music) is being sidelined to the point of extinction in schools, the roles of organisations like NYJC are a lifeline & incredibly important in sustaining music provision. NYJC are doing an amazing job of reaching out- through regional workshops across the UK, through their Summer School, and other initiatives – e.g. inclusivity, particularly getting more young women into jazz. Simply giving young people the time and space to connect/experience/understand loads of different musics and have a good time!”

More info http://nationalyouthjazz.co.uk/

 

Related posts: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2703
And https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2675

Music Lecturers attend prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London

 

Dr Paul Fretwell and Richard Lightman at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, 2018.

 

Fellow composers and SMFA Lecturers Dr Paul Fretwell, Head of School and Senior Lecturer in Music  and Richard Lightman, Lecturer in Music, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Director of Employability, Year in Industry Coordinator for SMFA and CMAT, attended the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday 31st May at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.  The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. Presented and judged by music creators they represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition.

Commented Richard Lightman, “I was invited to attend the Ivor Novello Awards as a board member of the Council of Music Makers which includes BASCA, MPG, MMF, FAC, and the MU and in my capacity as a member of the Copyright Committee of UK Music advising the government on copyright issues and the impact of Brexit on the Music Industry.  Both SMFA and the University of Kent’s new Centre for Music and Audio Technology are academic partners in BASCA’s educational scheme.”

 

More info about the awards http://theivors.com/the-ivors-2018/

SMFA’s Dr Aki Pasoulas has work selected for International Sound & Music Conference

Dr Aki Pasoulas performing with the MAAST, 2017. Photo by: A. Seddon

 

Dr Aki Pasoulas, Director of Programmes (Music), Director of Education, and Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) in the School of Music and Fine Art, has his electroacoustic composition Irides accepted in the peer-reviewed conference Sound & Music Computing (smc2018) with the general theme Sonic Crossings. The concert will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, between 4th and 7th July. Keynote speakers include reknowned composer Trevor Wishart.  The website of the conference is http://smc2018.cut.ac.cy/index.html

Irides (which literally means rainbows), was premiered on 24 April 2017 at the Sound of Memory symposium at Goldsmiths Great Hall, London. It has been subsequently selected for performances at the ISSTA (Irish Sound Science and Technology Association) conference at Dundalk, Ireland, at the Sound/Image conference in London, at the ICMC2017 (International Computer Music Conference) in Shanghai, China, and at the Helicotrema festival in Venice, Italy, in a concert curated by Hildegard Westerkamp.

Aki Pasoulas is an electroacoustic composer, whose works are regularly performed worldwide.

 

Also see https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2609

 

SMFA EED graduate Kerri Layton performing at London’s premiere jazz venue

Photo by Gigi Giannella

 

On Tuesday July 17th, from 8pm, SMFA BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design 2011 graduate, Kerri Layton, is performing at legendary Pizza Express Cabaret venue, The Pheasantry (Chelsea), which was nominated for Best Live Music Venue in the London Lifestyle Awards, and considered to be one of London’s major venues of New York-style jazz-singing, musical-theatre-influenced cabaret work.

Kerri is enjoying a successful career as a performer with her live band and as a solo artist, and heads up independent record label Dixiebird Records, http://dixiebirdrecords.bigcartel.com/products which runs live music events all across the capital, featuring some of London’s finest musicians, as well as running her own Creative Event Consultancy.

Her E.P Songs For A Rainy Day is produced by bandleader, saxophonist and composer, Mick Foster and is due for release in July 2018.

More info on the concert and to buy tickets go to https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/miss-kerri-layton

 

Related link:  https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2735

Also see https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/smfa-news/2016/11/16/school-of-music-and-fine-art-alumni-and-students-take-key-roles-at-alexandra-palace-parade/

www.kerrikreates.com

www.misskerrilayton.com

SMFA Postgraduate Presentations on Wednesday 23rd May

“Attention 1” by Moyra Derby, PhD Fine Art, 2018.

 

The annual SMFA Postgraduate Presentations take place Wednesday 23rd May in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at the campus on the Historic Dockyard Chatham.  The Postgraduate Presentations are an excellent opportunity for SMFA to celebrate the successes of our postgraduates and the contribution they make to the life, work and academic community of the School.

The day will run from 10:30am – 3pm (approx. finishing time) and includes a range of presentations from students studying Music and Fine Art MA and PhD programmes, as well as a participatory tour of one of a Fine Art Degree Show piece from one of our MA Fine Art students.

The schedule is below:

10.40     Alan Stumpenhuson-Payne
PhD Music (Research)
                  Canterbury Calling

11:00     Richard Lightman,
PhD Music and Technology
Mediating Culture from the Producers View:  Cultural Mediation between music producers.

11:30     Georgios Kyriakakis
PhD Music and Technology
Terpsichore: A Software Music Interface for People with Mental Disabilities on the Autism Spectrum

12:00     Moyra Derby
PhD Fine Art
Cross Cuts and Edits: Pictorial Attention Captured, Segmented and Dispersed

12:20     Lunch – Galvanising Shop Café

13:15     Michael Bonner
PhD Music (Research)
How To Hit Yourself On The Head With A Mallet Safely

13:45     Andrea Hepworth
MA Music (Research)
Music-evoked Autobiographical Memories (MEAMs) and the relationship to Nostalgia

13:55     Deborah Abbott
MA Fine Art
The Portrayal of Disability in Art: Brain Matters 

14:20     Olu Taiwo
MA Fine Art
Access Memories 2 – Degree Show Artwork Tour

Olu will meet the audience at 14:10 in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space and take them to his Degree Show artwork.  The tour of the piece starts at 14:20.  Please contact mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk for information on the location of the artwork if you are intending to go there directly for 14:20.

There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions after each presentation and a lunch will be provided for presenting students and audience members at which further discussion can take place.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk or via Facebook

 

Image credit: Attention 1 by Moyra Derby, PhD Fine Art – more about Moyra’s work here https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2695

SMFA Music student compositions performed by leading ensemble Octandre

On Monday 21 May at 1pm, the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, Medway is excited to present a special lunchtime recital to celebrate the work of our BMus, year 2 composition students. Having spent the term working alongside one of the UK’s leading contemporary music ensembles, we are delighted to have three musicians from Octandre – Audrey Milheres (Flute), Sam Cave (Guitar) and Corentin Chassard (Cello) – to showcase selected submissions. Octandre are developing an international reputation for their work with a recent commission receiving a BASCA composition award, multiple broadcast recordings for BBC Radio 3 and several high profile performances at venues including LSO St Lukes and St John Smith’s Square. With Sir Harrison Birtwistle as their patron and a consistently thriving programme they are well and truly at the forefront of our nation’s music scene.

Audio link –  https://www.octandre.com/audio

The concert takes place in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space on the Historic Dockyard Chatham and is free to attend but please book via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-lunchtime-concert-with-octandre-tickets-45584024043

SMFA Associate Lecturer in Music, Anna Neale Widdison’s new album Wide Sky out FRIDAY 23rd March

Wide Sky. Anna Neale-Widdison, 2018.

 

SMFA music lecturer Anna Neale-Widdison has released a new album Wide Sky, which is available on all the usual music platforms such as Spotify and iTunes. Anna Neale is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, composer, session vocalist and voice-over artist. She’s worked professionally in the music industry for over a decade. In that time she has toured the world, and has showcased at major music conferences across the globe and released two albums and two EP’s to critical acclaim.

Inspired by personal experience, tumultuous current affairs, and views surrounding her home, Wide Sky fuses modern pop with Arabic music, and continues the world music theme of her previous album River Man to ask the question, “Where is humanity going?”

Dan Chisholm, BBC Broadcaster, commented:  “It reminds me how I felt the very first time I heard Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Like then, I feel this is a very special piece of work. Many congratulations.”

Featuring performances by a talented array of Syrian musicians and vocalists from the English National Opera (ENO), Wide Sky was co-produced with Jez Larder at Skyline Studios, who has previously worked with David Bowie, Estelle, The Damned, and Amy Macdonald.

Anna’s previous album River Man was voted by R2 (Rock’n’Reel) magazine as one of their top albums of 2012.

Anna’s showcase appearances include Brighton’s Great Escape Festival in 2010; the world renowned Canadian Music Week festival in 2009 in Toronto; the sell-out BPI showcase as part of Canada’s NXNE festival in 2006 (where she was the highest rated solo artist); and the NEMO Music Festival in Boston USA in 2005. After her Boston performance Anna’s track “All For Nothing” topped the NEMO Starbucks download charts across New England.

As well as her composing and performing credits, Anna has lectured at the University of Cambridge, The British Museum, BIMM (Brighton & London), Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Hertfordshire. She is also a member of the Oxford Brookes’s music industry board.  Her research interests include songwriting and the music of Ancient Greece.

More info here:  http://www.annaneale.net

 

See also: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2682

MAAST Concert in Royal Dockyard Church on Friday 25th May 2018

 

On Friday 25th May at 5.30pm in the Royal Dockyard Church, the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, Medway is delighted to present an exchange concert (the second in the series) between Greenwich University and SMFA students.  It will involve multi-channel electroacoustic compositions of spatial sound and audiovisual works by students.

Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST) is a portable and flexible sound diffusion system designed for the performance of electroacoustic music and research in spatial sound.

The system comprises a custom-made 32-channel Gluion console, two MOTU audio interfaces, an array of Genelec loudspeakers which include sixteen bi-amplified 8020s, twenty 8040s, four tri-amplified 1038s, 7060B and 7070A subwoofers, and custom-made loudspeaker stands that can be extended up to 3 metres in height. The console controls the sound diffusion through OSC and Max/MSP. The system allows for diffusion of stereo and multichannel works, and its setup is flexible, depending on the spatial characteristic of concert and sound installation venues.

FREE to attend but booking via Eventbrite.

Ahoy there! SMFA music students lead creative project on HMS Gannet

 

On 14th March SMFA music students worked with The Dockyard Development Trust and Kings Hill School to lead a creative music project on HMS Gannet in the Captain’s Cabin. They also had a tour of the ship.

Music Education students from Level 2 designed an interactive performance and composition workshop inspired by the Gannet, life at sea, sea shanties and film music inspired by the sea.  The children learned some Pirate Metal, sea songs, took part in a musical “boat race”, and composed and performed their own pieces based on the sights and sounds of the day.

 

Says organiser, SMFA Lecturer in Music, Jackie Walduck , “The project is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in the kinds of arts events taking place all over the UK, in which musicians work alongside museums, galleries, arts venues, orchestras, record labels or festivals to create accessible projects for members of the community.”

 

To see the KMTV feature click on this link: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kmtv/video/special-university-of-kent-projects-hits-the-right-notes-at-chatham-dockyard-11820/