CFP (Conf): Leeds International Jazz Conference 2011


Leeds International Jazz Conference 2011:

Time Captured – Jazz composition, composing and composers

Thursday & Friday 7- 8 April 2011

The 17th Leeds International Jazz Conference takes place at Leeds College of Music from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 April 2011. LIJC is an annual event focusing on jazz research, education, performance and composition. It is the only conference of its kind in the UK and offers a unique forum for musicians, academics, educators, students, and arts organisers to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz. Along with paper presentations, workshops, performances and jam sessions, there are opportunities for discussion, networking, information exchange, and professional development.

LIJC 2011 focuses on the under-explored subject of jazz composition, composing and composers. In keeping with this overarching theme we are delighted to welcome two eminent keynote presenters:

Mike Gibbs, distinguished composer, arranger and trombonist is our Jazz Keynote. He will address us on composing, compositional process and the influences contributing to his own distinctive voice and methods. He also offers a workshop for small groups and jazz orchestra. Mike Gibbs has worked with many music luminaries including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Gary Burton, John Dankworth and
Laurie Anderson. Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) he was awarded scholarships to attend Lenox School of Jazz and Tanglewood Summer School where he studied with Aaron Copland, Gunther Schuller, George Russell, J.J.Johnson, Lukas Foss and Iannis Xenakis. He has several Melody Maker Awards, including First Composer, Best Big Band, Musician of the Year, First Arranger and his own album In the Public Interest was voted Best
Album of 1974. He continues to write and arrange for the major European jazz orchestras. A newly commissioned piece will feature in LIJC 2011 with the LCM Jazz Orchestra.

Our academic keynote speaker is Tony Whyton Reader in Music within the School of Media, Music and Performance at Salford University, UK. His first book, Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010, and hot on its heels is a second book Beyond A Love Supreme (Oxford University Press). In his tenure at Leeds College of Music (1998-2007), Tony set up the Centre for Jazz Studies and was founding editor of the international journal The Source: challenging jazz criticism, the first peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal for jazz studies. He now co-edits the internationally peer-reviewed Jazz Research Journal. Tony Whyton has recently been awarded just under €1 million to lead a three-year, collaborative, pan-European project entitled Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities. His work champions the relationship between theory and practice and encourages performers, composers and musicologists to engage critically with music as a discursive cultural practice.

Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals

The conference committee invites proposals for research papers, workshops, lecture-recitals, panels and roundtable discussions. The deadline for the submissions of proposals is Monday 10 January 2011. We welcome presentations that advance the field of jazz composition and composition education, and the emergence of cross-disciplinary thinking
and the development of new jazz scholarship. While we invite proposals on any area of jazz research and practice from within any discipline, preference will be given to topics which accord with the conference theme, and may address:

Defining composition, defining jazz composition

Performance and jazz composition

The changing compositional language of jazz

Jazz improvisation and composition

Improvisation and the jazz composer

Teaching and learning jazz composition

Critical evaluation of jazz composition

Precedent and tradition in jazz composition

Composition for small and large jazz ensembles

Jazz composition on record

The cult of personality and the jazz composer

National identities and jazz composition

Jazz composing and issues of notation

Jazz arranging techniques and aesthetic choices

Aesthetics and jazz composition

Inspiration and jazz composition

Influences on composition from outside jazz

The limitations of jazz scholarship for understanding composition

Individual presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in duration. There may be opportunities for longer slots for lecture-recitals and workshops. Proposals should take the form of a title followed by an abstract of not more than 200 words, and should
include details of each presenter(s) including brief biographical description. The deadline for submissions is Monday 10 January, and decisions will be notified shortly after this date.

Any queries about a proposal should be directed to the LIJC 2011

Conference Director: Louise Gibbs

Submissions should be addressed to: Caroline Stephenson, Academic
Administrator, or sent to her at:

Leeds College of Music

3 Quarry Hill



United Kingdom

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Queries about attending LIJC 2011 should be addressed to: Louise Wood

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