Music, University of Birmingham
This project investigates the cultural and political significance of late and post-Soviet experimental music by following the career, networks, and collaborators of Sergey Kuryokhin (1954-1996). Kuryokhin was a key figure in the music culture and artworld of Leningrad/St Petersburg, with an output straddling the aesthetic boundaries of free improvisation, rock music, and other exemplars of ‘Contemporary Music’ (in its broadest sense). These strands were all presented together in the in the spectacle of his group Popular Mechanics, a postmodern orchestra known for absurd theatrics, ever-fluctuating membership, and rapid shifting of styles within single performances; fusing high- and low-brow, old and new, in an eclectic collage that emphasised the ‘in-between’.
2022 'Fantasy, Spontaneity, […] Liberation: Popular Mechanics on Soviet Television', Documenting Jazz, Jazz Heritage Wales/ University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 9-12 November.
2022 'Free Jazz and the Soviet Critic: The Mixed Avant-Garde in Leningrad, 1977-1982', Royal Musical Association Annual Conference, Durham University, 8-10 September.
2022 'Free Jazz and the Soviet Critic: Efim Barban, Sergei Kurekhin and New Jazz', Music Since 1900, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 17-20 June.
2022 'Against the (Third) Stream: Gunther Schuller meets Efim Barban, June 1978', Midlands4Cities Research Festival, 13-16 June.
2022 'Changing the Music Itself: Valentina Goncharova and Late Soviet Subjectivity', Women and Gender in Art Music of the Eastern Bloc: Current Perspectives, Future Directions, RMA Study Day (Online), 1-2 April.
2021 'Ways of Freedom? Late Soviet Experimentalism, Stiob, and the Politics of Indistinction', SMI/ICTM-IE Plenary Conference, Trinity College Dublin (Online), 27-30 May.
2019 'The Circuit Became the Score: The Ontology of David Tudor's Electronic Music', BFE/RMA Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Sheffield, 10-12 January.
2020 MusM Musicology, University of Manchester
2019 BA Music and Philosophy, University of Nottingham