Scottish traditional music manifests itself not only within traditional music scenes but also within the music of many Scottish musical artists that span a myriad of styles and backgrounds. One of the most fascinating areas of intersection occurs when traditional music and contemporary jazz come together to create music that is distinctive, energetic and emotive. How and why are these two separate musical styles able to merge so effectively?
My talk will attempt to address this question by examining the specific motives behind the work of these composers and performers as well as how this affects the experience of the listener. I will discuss how this music counters negative stereotypes of jazz and instead presents itself as highly engaging contemporary music. With this talk I hope to give a brief insight into some of the innovative jazz music that is being created and performed today within Glasgow’s holistic music scene.
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