Research Round Table – 14.12.2023

512 698 International Society for Jazz Research

Vortrag von Sarah Raine (University College Dublin) am 14. Dezember 2023 um 18.00 Uhr im Palais Meran, Kleiner Saal:
Gender and Improvised Music: Exploring Barriers and Gender Identity from the UK to the Island of Ireland

The jazz scenes in the UK and Ireland continue to be fraught with significant gender politics and barriers to access for minority groups. Whilst the younger generation of jazz musicians are gaining increased national, and international, visibility through industry award success, many barriers to access continue. Women and gender minority folks are underrepresented on the festival stage (Raine 2019, 2020), musicians of colour continue to face discrimination and racism in music Higher Education courses (Raine forthcoming), and promoters, agents, band leaders, and media professionals alike perpetuate gender roles and expectations that denigrate non-cismen and elevate the image of the male jazz musician. During this talk, I will present data drawn from previous data from funded industry partnership projects in the UK and Ireland, and introduce my new project, Improvising Across Boundaries. Co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council and in partnership with the Improvised Music Company (Dublin), this four-year research project will work collaboratively with fifteen women and gender minority improvising musicians from February 2024 until August 2027 to document experience, offer ways forward for industry, and explore the ways in which gender identity is considered through performance and everyday music-making.

Dr Sarah Raine is an SFI-IRC Pathway Fellow based in the School of Music at University College Dublin. Sarah is the PI for Improvising Across Boundaries:
Voicing the Experience of Women and Gender Minority Improvising Musicians, a four-year research project in collaboration with Improvised Music Company (Dublin). She is the author of Authenticity and Belonging in the Northern Soul Scene (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and a co-editor of Popular Music Ethnographies: Practices, Places and Identities (Intellect Books, forthcoming 2024), Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industries (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), and The Northern Soul Scene (Equinox Publishing, 2019). Sarah is also a Book Series Editor for Equinox Publishing, the Co-Managing Editor of Riffs: Experimental Writing on Popular Music, an Editor for Jazz Research Journal, and a member of the Rhythm Changes conference committee.