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CFP: Leeds International Jazz Education Conference 2012 (Jazz Practice in the 21st Century)

Call for Papers and Workshop proposals

Leeds International Jazz Education Conference 2012:
Jazz Practice in the 21st Century

The 18th Leeds International Jazz Education Conference takes place at Leeds College of Music from Thursday 29th to Friday 30th March 2012. LIJEC is an annual event focusing on jazz practice including research addressing education, performance and composition. It is the only conference of its kind in the UK and offers a unique forum for musicians, academics, educators, students, and arts organisers to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz. Along with paper presentations, workshops, performances and jam sessions, there are opportunities for discussion, networking, information exchange, and professional development.

LIJEC 2012 focuses on Jazz Practice in the 21st Century. In keeping with this overarching theme the Postgraduate Studies and Research Centre identified keynotes and participants are:

Trilok Gurtu (TBC)

National Jazz Youth Orchestra who will give an afternoon workshop and an evening concert on Friday 30th March

Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals

The conference committee invites proposals for lecture-recitals, workshops, panels, roundtable discussions and papers surrounding practice-led research. The deadline for the submissions of proposals is Monday 16th January 2012. We welcome presentations that advance the field of jazz composition, jazz education, the emergence of cross-disciplinary thinking and the development of new jazz scholarship. While we invite proposals on any area of jazz research, preference will be given to topics which accord with the conference’s overarching theme and are presented from perspectives of practice-led research. Proposals may address:

Performance and/or composition – including:
• Improvisation
• The use of interactive music technologies and/or live electronics
• Influences outside the jazz tradition/fusion
• The changing language of jazz

Pedagogy – including:
• Pedagogical philosophy and positions
• Teaching and learning jazz composition
• Teaching and learning jazz performance

Individual presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in duration. There may be opportunities for longer slots for lecture-recitals and workshops. Proposals should take the form of a title followed by an abstract of not more than 200 words, and should include details of each presenter(s) including brief biographical description, contact email address and details of affiliation of professional bodies or educational institutions (where appropriate); abstracts may be accompanied by audio and audio-visual materials. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16th January 2012, and decisions will be notified shortly after this date.

Any queries about a proposal should be directed to the LIJEC 2011 Conference Director: Dale Perkins


Uploads: It is preferred that all abstracts and proposals be uploaded to using the username and password provided below (you may, as an alternative, provide links to audio-visual materials if you have a website etc.). Abstracts must be formatted as rtf documents and you may include up to 2-minutes of audio examples (mp3) and/or two minutes of compressed video (mpeg-4 or mov formats) which are clearly labeled. All files must be zipped as one file and named as follows: LIJEC-2012 -surname_forename. (The ftp site has been tested with both:
‘FireFTP’ ( - a plugin for FireFox
‘ClassicFTP’ (

Both are available as free downloads. Please use the username and password provided below when you set up an account.

Username: lcm\lcmftp
Password: LCMmus1c

If you wish to apply for a receipt for materials uploaded, please email with: LIJEC-2012 -surname_forename in the Header.

Traditional Mail: Submissions should be addressed to: Caroline Stephenson, Academic Administrator, or sent to her at:

Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill
United Kingdom

Further information and to make a booking for the conference will be available soon at the following link
Queries about attending LIJEC 2012 should be addressed to:

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.