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Researchers in Residence/Festa do Jazz 2016

CHIME Time: Towards a Participatory Musicology
Tony Whyton (Birmingham City University)

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Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
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CHIME Time: Towards a Participatory Musicology
Tony Whyton (Birmingham City University)


This paper explores the development of participatory musicology through the work of the 3-year JPI Heritage Plus-supported Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME) project, launched in September 2015.
CHIME explores the uses and re-uses of different types of heritage through the study of jazz and improvised music festivals, and examines how changing relationships between music, festivals and cultural heritage sites renegotiate established understandings and uses of heritage. Drawing on the work of academic and industry partners in the UK, The Netherlands and Sweden, CHIME reflects the important – if undervalued – position that festivals occupy in Europe’s cultural ecology, with their dynamic and synergetic relationship to spaces and cultural sites.
Coinciding with the launch of Festa do Jazz’s ‘researchers in residence’ programme in 2016, this paper offers examples of research that engages with  broader cultural, creative and heritage sectors and demonstrates how a newly conceived participatory musicology embodies interdisciplinary methods, collaborative practices and a commitment to engaging different audiences. The paper explores the benefits and potential pitfalls of Knowledge Exchange and examines the potential for co-produced work to emerge in musicology over the coming years.

Tony Whyton is Professor of Jazz Studies at BCU. His critically acclaimed books Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album (Oxford University Press, 2013) have sought to develop cross-disciplinary methods of musical enquiry. As an editor, Whyton published theJazz volume of the Ashgate Library of Essays on Popular Music in 2011 and continues to work as co-editor of the Jazz Research Journal (Equinox). In 2014, he founded the new Routledge series ‘Transnational Studies in Jazz’ alongside BCU colleague Dr Nicholas Gebhardt. Gebhardt and Whyton also edited The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music (Routledge) in 2015, a collection that explores the ways in which musician-led collectives offer a powerful model for rethinking jazz practices in the post-war period.

From 2010-2013, Whyton was Project Leader for the ground-breaking HERA-fundedRhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities project (www.rhythmchanges.net), where he led a consortium of 13 researchers working across 7 Universities in 5 countries.

Researchers in Residence/Festa do Jazz 2016

Researchers in Residence is brought together by the collaboration between the Institute of Ethnomusicology (INET-md)/FCSH/Univ. Nova de Lisboa, Universidade Lusíada and the Association Lusophone Sounds/Festa do Jazz.
The project aims to create awareness of the need for building cooperation between those who make, promote, teach, research and study jazz, and is intended to promote ways to contextualize and develop collaborative work.
In recent years, jazz in Portugal has experienced an exponential growth and internationalisation in the fields of education, production, promotion and research. However, this development has not been conducted under common strategies or sustained in the work produced by academic research and knowledge exchange from daily practices on the ground.

Researchers in Residence is a series of two sessions designed for sharing knowledge and ideas for a more sustained growth of jazz in Portugal and within the European context: promotion and networking; jazz and identities; and jazz education.
The project features researchers within the area of jazz studies from Birmingham City University, Edinburgh Napier University and INET-md (U. Nova and U.A.).