FREE event, 27th June 2012 at Martin Harris Centre, Manchester

FREE events, 17th-19th July 2012 at the Manchester Jazz festival

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The UNCAGED BIRDS event at Manchester Jazz Festival, by Lifting The Lid www.liftingthelid.org
Tuesday17th July, 6-8 pm, Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club

Once upon a time jazz articulated cultural and racial tension from the heart of black communities and their white allies.  It was this that fuelled the power of jazz as a cultural phenomenon rather than simply a form of music.  This critical, bold and informed debate at Manchester Jazz Festival 2012 takes a step towards re-invigorating this expression and also examines the racial dynamics within UK jazz itself.  During the debate panel members will also play selected music recordings to illustrate something of what they are trying to get across and to bring the context right in with the music.

On the panel for the event is Jason Toynbee from Birmingham, director of the in-depth 3-year Black British Jazz Research Project which clearly exposes a range of tensions and contexts for UK black jazz musicians.  This is a major and rare project of relevance to anyone interested in music cultures, race issues or UK history.

Also on the panel is leading black jazz drummer Myke Wilson from Manchester who will check the research findings against his own personal experience and understanding of the scene.  The historian Professor Alan Rice, who is a leading writer and consultant for the current “We Face Forward” African Arts Exhibitions in Manchester, will be able to infuse the debate with challenging historical contexts.

Black singer Juliet Kelly from London, who has worked with the likes of Courtney Pine, will add perspectives from gender and education as well as her own experience.  Finally Jaheda Choudhury – a hip-hop vocalist with the Beating Wing Orchestra, and Serge Tebu – jazz pianist from Musicians Without Borders, will both contribute as musicians involved in activities which are embedded and articulate contemporary tensions in Manchester.

Many people feel that jazz has lost a certain edge, cultural relevance, and sold out its originating context.  This debate not only explores this theme as played out in the UK but also looks at ways in which the scene here, including the Manchester Jazz Festival, can bring some of the edge back and support a more egalitarian ethos.

The debate will be chaired by Kooj Chuhan from Lifting The Lid.

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UN-CAGED BIRDS: JUSTICE AND JAZZ – discussion illustrated with music

Is Jazz free to reach out, speak out and represent its black roots?
6pm-8pm, Tuesday 17th July 2012
at Matt and Phreds Jazz Club, 64 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LN

A musically illustrated discussion about the relationships between Jazz, Black History and current racial dynamics, with a particularly strong panel representing both musicians and researchers.  Organised by Kooj Chuhan and Frankie Mullen from Lifting The Lid, which aims to embed discussions linking social histories and issues today within cultural life.

With Dr Alan Rice (historian of radical slavery narratives and cultural work), Juliet Kelly (singer-songwriter who has worked with Courtney Pine), Jason Toynbee (Black British Jazz Research Project), Myke Wilson (leading black British drummer from Manchester), Jaheda Choudhury (Bangladeshi vocalist from Beating Wing Orchestra) and Serge Tebu (from Musicians Without Borders). The debate will be chaired by Kooj Chuhan from Lifting The Lid.

Presented as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival 2012  www.manchesterjazz.com

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EVENT: An illustrated dialogue on the great Pakistani poet, writer, journalist and political activist, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, with a new look at his internationalism.
By Mohsin Zulfiqar and Fabbeh Husein, editors of the book Elusive Dawn, plus live music by Aziz Zeria + friends / VJ visuals by Kooj Chuhan / chaired by Maya Chowdhry.
Weds 27th June 2012,  5.30pm – 7.30pm
The Martin Harris Centre, Bridgeford Street, (behind Manchester Museum), University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester  M13 9PL, UK.
Full information at http://liftingthelid.org/events/radical-passion-the-poetry-of-faiz/
THIS EVENT IS FREE. Please confirm your attendance by contacting us via
tel: 0161 275 2920 or email: rrarchive@manchester.ac.uk
Light refreshments will be available.
Organised by a partnership between Lifting The Lid, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and the South Asian People’s Forum

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National Black Writers Conference

Only 4 days to go to the National Black Writers Conference, where Kooj Chuhan from Lifting The Lid is chairing the panel on “Writing For Children & Diversity: Why Are So Few BME Writers Published In This Genre?”  Sat 24th … Continue reading

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British jazz history lecture online

Just came across a lecture on the history of UK jazz by Professor Norton York who taught Denys Baptiste among others, titled “Valuing British music – Jazz futures” (2007.  It is worth a read as its not too long or tough to read and, even if it is not very critical in itself, it could flag up some critical ideas after reading it:


(posted by Kooj)

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Governments order YouTube to censor protest videos

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This short article has been posted by a number of reputable protest groups, very critical issues worth reading about: “Forget copyright infringement, YouTube is now complying with removal orders from governments to stop populist rage going viral In a frightening … Continue reading

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz Is Now! Pics + report of the event

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Here finally are some pictures of the event at the Manchester Mega Mela, followed by a brief report as produced for the Cornerhouse who gave us some commission funds towards this project. REPORT: THE IDEA – 2011 is the centenary … Continue reading

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Jazz Roots-Relevance links and texts

After a fantastic discussion at Manchester Jazz Festival yesterday which indelibly scraped the surface of the links between the roots of jazz and consciousness now, below are some texts that were read out last night along with their respective links … Continue reading

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FREE event, 23rd July 2011 at Manchester Mela, Platt Fields

FREE event, 25th July 2011 at the Manchester Jazz festival

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