The University of East London will be hosting the 5th biennial Steel Pan Conference over the weekend of 11-12th October. This collaborative project aims to bring together academics and practitioners to examine the ways in which the three strands of the Caribbean Carnival arts (pan, masquerade and calypso) are interwoven and have been adapted and adopted around the globe. Outside of its home country — Trinidad — pan in particular has suffered from a lack of academic attention despite long traditions in other Caribbean islands, the USA and UK — a deficit this series of conferences has attempted to address. City University PhD student Rachel Hayward has been invited to give the opening paper entitled ‘Yellow Bird’ and Pan: Caribbean Musical Migrations based upon research undertaken for her recently submitted thesis. Also a respected performer, Rachel will be performing The Birmingham Spirituals by Patrick Larley which includes a specially composed part for solo pan within the orchestra. The work will be performed along with other solo pan transcriptions at St Paul’s Church, Chichester on 4th October.
PhD student Joanna Bailie was invited this summer to join the teaching staff at the 47th Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music. As well as tutoring over forty composition students from a wide variety of cultures and musical backgrounds, she was a composer-mentor at the percussion workshop and presented a paper during the Darmstadt lecture series entitled “Towards a poetics of sampling: embracing the gap” which can be heard at:
She also had two works programmed at the summer course — Street-Souvenir was performed by the young French ensemble Soundinitiative, and On and Off 2 by students from the percussion department.
July 2014 saw the publication of Stephanie Power’s article “Joanna Bailie: strange parallel music” in Tempo. The article presents a general overview of Bailie’s career and works with a particular focus on her more recent pieces involving field recording and intermediality. Joanna is currently working on her first orchestral piece, entitled To be beside the seaside, which will be premiered in May 2015 by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.