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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

  • Research Talk at RNCM Wednesday 26 February 2020 Added: February 24th, 2020

    Performance and Practice Research: Three Acts of Translation Dr Sue Miller (Leeds Beckett University) Wednesday 26 February 4.15pm Forman Lecture Theatre https://www.rncm.ac.uk/performance/performance-and-practice-research-three-acts-of-translation/ Taking Simon McKerrell’s paper ‘Towards Practice Research in Ethnomusicology’ as a starting point I present here three examples of my own practice research which use performance as ‘a central methodology,’ as a ‘translation […]

  • Charanga del Norte Live Recording Added: November 16th, 2019

    Sue Miller and her Charanga del Norte are recording a new live album using ribbon microphones. Here’s a photo of our October recording session – recorded by Dr Paul Thompson and Barkley McKay from the department of Music and Sound at Leeds Beckett University and filmed by Tim Blackwell, course leader for Broadcast Media at […]

  • British Academy Recording Project Added: October 22nd, 2019

    The sounds of New York to be re-created in Leeds Beckett music studios
    A new research project – bringing to life the practice and history of mid-20th century New York-based Latin music – has launched at Leeds Beckett.
    Dr Sue Miller and Dr Paul Thompson, Readers in Music in the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, are investigating the original recording studio techniques and performance aesthetics of this traditional style of dance music.

  • Invited Talk Newcastle University Wednesday 16 October ‘ PRACTICE RESEARCH IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY’ Added: October 8th, 2019

    PRACTICE RESEARCH IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY:
    THREE ACTS OF TRANSLATION IN MY OWN PRACTICE RESEARCH

    DR SUE MILLER

    Taking Simon McKerrell’s paper ‘Towards Practice Research in Ethnomusicology’ as a starting point I present here three examples of my own practice research which use performance as ‘a central methodology, ’ as a ‘translation of artistic performance aesthetics’ and as a ‘research outcome sited in original performance.’ (McKerrell, 2019, 1)
    In the three examples presented here (monographs on performance aesthetics and improvisational creativity), a British Academy funded performance and production project, and a music, dance and animation collaboration), I will demonstrate how, in my translational role, I have employed my own performance practice to produce text, performances, scores, audio and audio-visual research outputs which translate research findings and insights for outside the artistic community of practice, and, in some cases, within it.

  • Charanga del Norte Live Added: August 11th, 2019

    Here are some photos of Charanga del Norte performing live this summer. Photography by Simon Bartle.    

  • Charanga del Norte Gig 28 July Lawrence Batley Theatre Added: June 8th, 2019

    Book Tickets   To celebrate their 20th anniversary Charanga del Norte return to the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Sunday 28 July at 7pm Featuring an exciting line-up which includes the cream of the crop from the UK salsa scene: pianist Kim Burton (Sonido de Londres); bass player Ruth Bitelli (Candela); singer Guillermo Monroy (Merengada), and percussionist Andy […]

  • Experiments in Cuban Music, Dance and Animation June 6th 2019 Lawrence Batley Theatre 6.30pm Added: May 30th, 2019

    Cuban dancer-turned-animator Guillermo Davis, Dr Sarah Bowen (Head of Animation, northern Film School) and Dr Sue Miller, director of Charanga del Norte and Reader in Music at Leeds Beckett University discuss and present their collaborative projects in music, dance and animation film with screenings of animation shorts featuring music by Charanga del Norte (who will be performing live at Lawrence Batley Theatre on Sunday 28 July).

    Films with music by Charanga del Norte include a world premier of Cyrilo’s Dance from the work in progress Atilana alongside the animation Charanga Time made to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary in 2019. Other films by Guillermo Davis to be shown include The Little Rose Shoes based on a Cuban poem for children by Jose Marti and Grandad Go and Get the Bread!, an animation short about an old man who shuffles out to dance on Carnival day. Another film short When You Can Hear the River is an animation based on a devastating flood in Guillermo’s home town of Guantanamo.

  • Charanga del Norte + Animation Films from Cuban Guillermo Davis Sunday 5 May 3pm Added: May 2nd, 2019

    Charanga del Norte perform after a film showing of dancer-animator Guillermo Davis’ animations this Sunday 5 May at Hyde Park cinema 3pm. Tickets on the door and from here: Hyde Park Picture House https://leedsinternationalfestival.com/event/charanga-del-norte-and-guillermo-davis/  

  • Festival Internacional Danzón Habana Added: April 17th, 2019

      Dr Sue Miller will be giving an invited talk at the International Festival and Conference on Danzon in Havana this April. El Festival Internacional Danzón Habana 2019 se desarrollará en La Habana entre los días 18 y 28 de abril en varias locaciones capitalinas y estará dedicado al 500 aniversario de la fundación de […]

  • Leeds International Festival Events 5 & 6 May 2019 – Charanga del Norte + Animation Films by Guillermo Davis Added: March 24th, 2019

    Charanga del Norte and Guillermo Davis contribute 2 events to this year’s Leeds International Festival: Charanga del Norte at Leeds International Festival Events Tickets : LIF Website Sunday 5 May Charanga del Norte and Guillermo Davis: public talk, animation film screening accompanied by a semi-acoustic set from Charanga del Norte. Matinee performance 3pm Hyde Park Picture […]