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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

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    Charanga del Norte Live at the Big Weekend Added: August 2nd, 2016

    Charanga del Norte at Cambridge’s Big Weekend July 2016 in pictures

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    ARSC Journal Review of Cuban Flute Style by Nestor Torres Added: July 31st, 2016

    I am honoured that the multi-talented flute player Nestor Torres has reviewed my book for the Association of Recorded Music Sound journal (ARSC):
    ‘I declare that Cuban Flute Style is brilliant and without precedent. The research work is thorough and meticulous. The historical narrative of the flute styles and its protagonists is comprehensive, consistent and most importantly, respectful of the music’s tradition and filled with palpable affection. Her improvisation transcriptions and music samples from a wide selection of recordings (most of them commercially released) are accurate and accessible. . . .Sue Miller has created a work that celebrates and guarantees the perpetuation of Charanga and its Cuban Flute Style Tradition for many generations to come. Its historical, cultural, and pedagogical value cannot be overstated.’ (ARSC Journal)

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    ‘Activating Improvisational Creativity in the Performance of “World” and “Popular” music’ has a new review in the Journal of Music, Technology & Education Added: July 31st, 2016

    Sue Miller’s chapter on improvisation in university music education has a review in the Journal of Music, Technology & Education:
    ‘As in Part 2, the arrangement of chapters in Part 3, Experiments in Teaching, brings out their thematic connections. Improvisation, composition and the experience of diverse musical cultures are prominent in this section. Sue Miller describes using her practice-led research in Latin improvisational styles to inform research-led teaching (Chapter 6, ‘Activating improvisational creativity in the performance of “World” and “Popular” music’). She argues for the positioning of improvisation at the centre of musical education, and against the cultural imperialism of most university music curricula.

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    Charanga del Norte at Cambridge Big Festival 10 July Added: June 17th, 2016

    Charanga del Norte perform at The Big Weekend in Cambridge on 10 July 2016. Featuring Guillermo Monroy on vocals the band will play as part of a 3 day world music festival  and it’s FREE! Held on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge.

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    Charanga del Norte at the CAMBRIDGE BIG WEEKEND 10 JULY 2016 Added: May 20th, 2016

    Charanga del Norte are playing the Cambridge Big Weekend festival this year on 10 July time tbc but likely to be around midday on Parker’s Piece. It is a FREE event! More information from Cambridge Big Weekend

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    New Review in the British Journal of Music Education Added: March 23rd, 2016

    Sue Miller provides an intricately argued call for the study of both theoretical and practical improvisation to take centre-stage in higher music education (Chapter 6), a point pursued by Esmée Olthuis, who posits that improvisation can foster musical leadership and critical skills of self-reflection.

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    Review in Ethnomusicology Forum Journal Added: December 11th, 2015

    Sue Miller’s monograph on Cuban flute style will be of interest to ethnomusicologists and flautists alike. It is a clearly written, highly musical book that serves as both a guide to performance practice and an academic text. Miller brings together performance as a research technique, interviews with musicians, lessons with renowned flautists, and detailed and extensive transcription and analysis of recordings to create a ‘musical archaeology’ (246) of creative processes, interpretation and improvisation in Cuban charanga flute performance.

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    Charanga del Norte launch the new Spanish department at Reading University Added: November 27th, 2015

    Charanga del Norte (the southern team) performed at Reading University on 25 November 2015. Los Musicos joined the band to form a male coro section. Great gig – we had lots of fun!

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    Latin Improvisation Aesthetics in New York: SEM Panel Presentation Added: November 15th, 2015

    Sue’s panel at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s annual conference in Texas Austin takes place on 3 December at 4pm. Also on the panel are renowned scholars of Latin American music Professor David Garcia (University of North Carolina) and Dr Ben Lapidus (CUNY).
    Panel Abstract: ‘Clave feel’ is often cited as one of the main elements of Afro-Cuban/salsa improvisation yet very little to date has been done to demonstrate this concept analytically. Building on research in this area by Christopher Washburne, Peter Manuel, David Garcia, Robin Moore, Lise Waxer, and Robert Farris Thompson, scholars of Latin improvisation consider how clave remains a point of tradition, pride, and practice for many performers of Afrocuban music in New York City. Brass, woodwind and piano clave-based improvisation styles are examined to demonstrate how clave feel can define both the artistry and identity of performers. Ethnographic research informs the musical analyses of solo improvisations from both recordings and live performances to demonstrate how clave sensibility permeates the artistic work of New York-based Latin soloists.

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    Music Symposium in Helsinki, 20-21 November, 2015 Added: November 13th, 2015

    Sue will be presenting a paper ‘Getting into Bed with the Cultural Theorists’ at the NIMiMS conference to demonstrate how the detailed analysis of sound connects directly to cultural aspects of the music and to advocate closer working partnerships with scholars in musicology and cultural studies.The aim of the symposium is to bridge gaps and create positive dialogue between different approaches within music studies. The symposium is focused on two questions.
    [1] How can music analysis and cultural studies benefit from each other?
    [2] How can music theory and musical practice benefit from each other?
    Organizing parties: NIMiMS, Musicology at the Helsinki University Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory, and the Finnish Music Archive JAPA.