Our exploration of the theory and practice of intercultural musicking ranges from close-up investigations of intercultural music-making in Manchester and other fixed locations (including Georgia and Greece) to studies of transnational networks and developments in cultural tourism.
Particular interests include the potential of music as a tool for intercultural awareness and collaboration, collective resilience and personal transformation, and the role of world-music ensembles in higher education.
The department's gamelan and klezmer ensembles serve as living laboratories while also providing a platform for applied and community outreach work.
Research in this core research area includes:
- Caroline Bithell's work focusing on the contemporary phenomenon of world music choirs and ensembles, intercultural singing encounters in Georgia and networks of 'foreign' Georgian choirs;
- Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh's research on music in the south Asian diaspora, which includes applied work with British Asian communities in Loughborough and Manchester, using participatory methods to explore questions of memory and migration;
- Activities developed through our connections with musicians from Manchester's diverse ethnic communities, which have resulted in initiatives such as Amid the Mirk Over the Irk, a show produced by Richard Fay, which brought together local Irish musicians and our own klezmer alumni.
Staff in this core research area
Music and memory in British Asian communities.
World music choirs; transcultural music-making and singing holidays; international network of Georgian choirs; musical tourism in Georgia; klezmer in Manchester.
World music ensembles; music-making as a tool for intercultural awareness and communication; applied work on music and intercultural education in post-conflict contexts; klezmer, Balkan and Irish music in Manchester.
Gamelan in the UK; developing a new model for the world music ensemble in the academy.