Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Research Talk at RNCM Wednesday 26 February 2020February 24th, 2020

Performance and Practice Research: Three Acts of Translation

Dr Sue Miller (Leeds Beckett University)

Wednesday 26 February 4.15pm

Forman Lecture Theatre

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 Latin music performance aesthetics and improvisational creativity, a British Academy funded performance and production project, and a music, dance and animation collaboration), I will demonstrate  how I have employed my own performance practice to produce text, performances, scores, audio recordings, and audio-visual research outputs which translate research insights for both outside and inside the artistic community of practice.