Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies
Invited Speaker

Corey Mwamba

Freeness to listen: presentation and reception of improvised music on public radio

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Freeness is an weekly show that showcases improvised music on BBC Radio 3. Currently in its third year, the show receives music from labels and artists, and is seen as a “specialist show” – but strikingly, there are people from outside this “specialism” who listen, and send in their home recordings. Corey Mwamba will reflect on how the show may have impacted on the perception and reception of improvising musics practices for new audiences; and explore the relationships between the show and the musicians over time.

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Born and based in Derby, Dr Corey Mwamba is a critically-acclaimed vibraphonist who works across a wide range of jazz and improvised music. Corey won a PRSF/Jerwood Foundation Take Five artist development award in 2007; was short-listed for the Innovation category in the BBC Jazz Awards in 2008; and received nominations for "Rising Star on Vibraphone" in the 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th, and 68th DownBeat Annual Critics' Polls. Corey also presents Freeness, an award-winning radio show on BBC Radio 3.

Dr Corey Mwamba is a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as an associate lecturer at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.