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Lee Griffiths

Music, Birmingham City University

Thesis title:

Between words and music: exploring the relationship between jazz music and verbal language

My research seeks to explore the relationship between verbal language and improvised music, focusing particularly on jazz and jazz-influenced music since the 1960s. My approach draws upon historical, philosophical, and artistic research to investigate specific intra-actions between words and improvised music, and challenge dominant notions of words and music that have tended to pre-figure our understanding of these relationships. In doing so I hope to make available new insights and approaches for contemporary artists and scholars working withverbal language and improvised music.

Research Area

  • Music


  • 'The question of method: transcription and autoethnography', 18-19 January 2021, 2nd International Network of Artistic Research in Jazz Conference, online.
  • 'Performing anxiety: A musico-poetic experiment in expressing anxious feelings', 19-20 April 2021, Midlands Music Research Network 1st Annual Conference, 'Music and Adversity', online.

Other Research Interests

  • Jazz Studies
  • Artistic Research
  • New Materialisms in Music