Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Research Interests

Stylistic Improvisation

Cuban Charanga

Cuban Music -  History and Analysis

African American Studies and the Concept of Signifyin(g) (the work of Henry Louis Gates and Samuel Floyd)

Performance Practice

References and Quotation in Popular Music

Analysis of Popular and ‘World’ musics

New Areas in Ethnomusicology (interdisciplinary work)

Richard Egues and Sue Miller

Richard Egues and Sue Miller


I have recently obtained a  PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, where I combined my practical work as a performer with more traditional research methods and academic writing. My work has involved recording in the studio and live at concerts, with analysis, commentary and transcription of flute improvisations linked in to this practical side. My research covers various academic areas such as music analysis, improvisation, black cultural studies, jazz studies, ethnomusicology and performance.

My thesis title is ‘Flute Improvisation in Cuban Charanga performance, with a specific focus on the work of Richard Egües and Orquesta Aragón’ and is now available from the University of Leeds library.’

I was supervised at the University of Leeds School of Music by Dr Luke Windsor (Psychology of Music and Performance)  Dr Luke Windsor