Our Committee and Members
MMRN was established by four M4C funded PhD students each sharing an enthusiasm for expanding communication and collaboration across a variety of music-related topics, institutions and research contexts. You can find out more about our steering committee and members through their profiles below.
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I'm a second-year M4C-funded PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham in the department of Russian and Slavonic studies. My research focusses on the Soviet rock musician Viktor Tsoi who was a youth icon for perestroika-era youth, and remains a cult icon in the former Soviet space to the present day. Through study of his life and legacy, I am exploring the huge cultural and political shifts which occurred during glasnost and perestroika. My research interests include popular music studies, youth culture, subcultures and marginality, and the cultural politics of the late Soviet Union.
I am a keen musician: I play viola, bass guitar, and sing. I am currently an alto choral scholar at St Mary's Church in Nottingham. I also enjoy cooking, playing Animal Crossing, and spending time with my family dog, Molly!
I’m a fourth year, part-time history PhD student at the University of Leicester. I am studying the intellectual context and content of the hymns of Isaac Watts (1674-1748). Alongside my studies, I am Head of Academic Development at Nexus ICA, where I lecture on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I achieved a first class degree in Popular Music and Music Technology at the University of Derby, before completing my Masters of Research in Theology at the University of Nottingham, where I studied Isaac Watts’ interpretation of the psalms. I am also a visiting lecturer for the London School of Theology. I’m married to Rosanna and we have four young children.
I worked for many years as a professional musician. While my own work and experience largely concentrates on the role of music within the Christian tradition, I enjoy studying the way different societies use music. The MMRN is an exciting environment in which I can both share my own research and learn from others. I’m looking forward to the networking opportunities the MMRN will provide.
I'm a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. My PhD project aims to explain the uniqueness of the perceptual experience of listening to music. My main research interests concern topics in philosophy of auditory perception, metaphysics of time, philosophy of mind and action. Previously, I finished my MA in philosophy at the State University of Milan with a final dissertation on the metaphysic of sounds and my BA in philosophy at the University of Bergamo with a dissertation on time perception through musical experience.
I am also a musician with both a first degree and a MA in music performance in French Horn. During many years of artistic career, I have performed with different orchestras inside and outside music conservatories. Before moving to England, I was 4th horn in the wind orchestra Filarmonica Mousike in Bergamo, Italy, where I took part also in the jazz programme Profumo di Violetta with soloist Gianluigi Trovesi. When I moved to Warwick, I joined the Warwick University Wind Orchestra as 1st horn.
I am currently funded by AHRC through M4C. In my free time, I read fiction, play music and explore further philosophical areas.
I’m Kristen and I’m a 2nd year PhD student based at the University of Nottingham. My project works closely with the Nottingham Music Service (NMS) and explores the provision of Music Education Hubs in England. I have a background in music teaching, including Whole Class Ensemble Teaching with NMS in Nottingham primary schools and in private cello teaching. Performance has always been a part of my life too – I’ve led the cello section with the University of Nottingham Philharmonia and co-led in the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other varied performance experiences over the years.
I became involved in the establishment of MMRN after experiencing a sense of isolation within both my institution (music is a very small department at UoN!) and, as many have undoubtedly experienced during this past year, in a ‘work from home’ context. Therefore, through this network, I would like to encourage as many researchers, academics and practitioners with an interest in music scholarship to get in touch and find out what MMRN can offer. I hope to meet you soon!
I am a third-year PhD Candidate at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying the life and music of early 20th century Russian composer Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914). My doctoral thesis is an extended monograph on Stanchinsky, incorporating the first comprehensive biography of the composer, as well as musical analysis of his works. I situate Stanchinsky within his cultural context, and explore the treatment and reception of his legacy during his lifetime and throughout the 20th century. My current work is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
I completed a BMus (Hons) in Piano Performance in 2015, and an MA in Musicology in 2018. My wider research interests include Russian history and politics, as well as music history and the history of pianism. I am a keen pianist and enjoy learning new repertoire when the time allows.
Dr. Ying Li
I'm Ying, a Senior Lecturer and course leader in Landscape Architecture at the University of Gloucestershire. I completed my Ph.D. in Small Public Space Assessment, Design, and Planning in 2016 at the University of Greenwich. My connection with music started from childhood when I studied at Tianjin Conservatory of Music China at the age of five and received Digital Piano Grade 9 in 1996. My passion for landscape architecture was from a visit to a Garden when I naturally felt the composition of the landscape and architecture is like a piece of music. It led me to compose a music piece: 'My imagination in Jingxin Zhai' (a Royal Garden in Beihai Park, China). It also invoked me to have my design philosophy: 'Landscape Architecture is the flowing music.' I used music as one of my experiments in delivering 4D design conceptual thinking and as a part of the cultural context in understanding space and place. I hope to collaborate with researchers and practitioners to explore more on the cross-disciplinary translation and correlation among Music, Art, and Design, to generate new approaches in the landscape, architecture, and city design in the 21st century.
I am a first-year PhD student at the University of Birmingham funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. My research explores the position of Expressionist-style operas in Weimar Culture, focusing on the reception of these works and how they relate to wider cultural trends in the early years of the Weimar Republic. Beyond my PhD, I am interested in opera studies more generally, particularly German opera, and modernism in fin-de-siècle Europe.
Prior to my PhD, I completed a BA (Hons) and MRes at the University of Nottingham, the latter of which was funded by the Midlands4Cities Masters Studentship. I am also a keen violinist and love to perform in orchestras and chamber groups when not busy researching.
I am a final year doctoral research student investigating audience experience of live classical music. I take practical experience from 14+ years’ managing cultural programmes and combine this with theoretical work in audience studies, music sociology, and creative industries research. My study 'Songs Without Borders' is the first sustained empirical study into audience experience of live vocal music. Working in partnership with Oxford Lieder, the UK's largest festival of classical vocal music, I research the impact of classical music on lives and livelihoods; investigate pathways into classical music, including motivations for engagement, inclusion and access; examine connections between audiences, venues, organisations, and regional arts ecologies; and look at the impact of Covid and digital consumption on audience experience.
Starting in Sept 2021, I shall be researching how British Traditional folk music has adapted in the 21st century, moving from a genre predicated on the oral tradition to one which welcomes new compositions. I shall be analysing from a genre theory perspective, examining the motifs and conventions which recur throughout the history of the genre, and which allow new compositions to fit in with existing entries.
Maria Grazia Aurora Campisi
I am a second-year PhD student at the University of Birmingham, funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Retracing the operatic production of the Italian composer Giorgio Federico Ghedini, my research investigates a crucial and complex moment for musical theatre, between the first and second half of the 20th century. Opera, weaving together several art forms, mirrors the extent of historical and social changes: totalitarianisms and two world wars, the emergence of mass society, new media and cultural vanguards.
Previously, I completed my Master's degree in Historical, Critical and Analytical Approaches to Music at the Milan Conservatoire in 2018, and I was awarded a research scholarship by the Teatro alla Scala to investigate its social history from the foundation to 1920. I am also a keen musician, graduated in both piano and clarinet, performing in chamber and orchestral groups. I hold a chair in Italian secondary school since 2016. My research benefits from both teaching and performing because of their hands-on approach to music.
I am generally curious and have a lot of interests… perhaps too many to manage all together!
Dr Felipe Morales Carbonell
I am Chilean in origin and I did my PhD at the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven (Belgium). I work mostly on epistemology and metaphysics. I am particularly interested on understanding, know-how, ability, and I want to explore how the case of music is important for the study of these topics. In my free time I play guitar, and sometimes make noisy music.
Dr Alan Chamberlain
Dr Alan Chamberlain is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, where he is also an Honorary Fellow in the Music Department. His main areas of research relate to Human Computer Interaction, Design, and Music Technology.
In 2019 he was the Conference Chair of the Audio Mostly Conference hosted at Nottingham. In 2018 he was awarded a CODI-Composer (Electronic) award from Ty Cerdd, he is a Composer in Residence at the Computational Foundry (Swansea University) and an EPSRC funded Researcher in Residence at the Digital Catapult focusing on AI, Algorithms and Music. He is currently working with partners on a composition for a digital installation in Australia, and jointly writing a VR-based opera with a Finnish composer.
He has released two albums of work and is the author of numerous publications. For more information see: http://www.alanchamberlain.com/
Khyam Allami (born in Damascus 1981) is an Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, researcher and founder of Nawa Recordings.
Primarily a performer of the Oud, his artistic research focuses on the development of contemporary and experimental repertoire based on the fundamentals of Arabic music, with a focus on tuning and microtonality.
He holds a BA and Masters in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London and is currently completing an M4C/AHRC funded PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University.
Laura Farré Rozada
I'm a pianist and mathematician, currently a 2nd-year PhD candidate at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. My research is focused on developing a new method for memorising post-tonal piano music, informed by my training in mathematics. I’m testing this method with advanced piano students, international performers and my own performance practice. The goal is to contribute to covering the existing gap in music performance, education and psychology for training memorisation.
I’m also an international concert pianist, performing in Spain, France, Germany, Canada, USA, Bulgaria and the UK. My specialisation in the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries has been reinforced by giving 50 premieres of contemporary works, and reflected in my albums The French Reverie (2018) and Nimbus (2021).
Beyond that, I’m passionate about disseminating the connections between music and mathematics to the general audience. I’ve given pre-concert talks and lecture-recitals on this topic, and I’m an active collaborator at the Spanish National Radio. www.laurafarrerozada.com
Musician (conductor, choral director, organist/harpsichordist, horn-player) > 30years.
Final year PhD candidate.
Research: Interrelationships between professional and amateur musicians, and mutual cooperation in England 1900-1939.
Dir. of Chapel Music, Dame Monica Wills Chapel, University of Bristol. www.daviddewar.org.uk
Dr Matthew Brooks
Dr. Matthew J. Brooks is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities in Music & Medicine at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and affiliate faculty in Neurological Sciences at University of Nebraska Medical Center (USA). He was critical in creating the Nebraska Medical Orchestra in 2018, for which he is the current music director. As an academic conductor, Dr. Brooks has led orchestras at University of Nebraska, James Madison University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Shasta College, and remains active as a guest conductor and clinician. He has presented research on the topics of orchestral conducting pedagogy, arts and wellness, and music and medicine at international, national and various state music conferences.
Dr. Brooks has just recently co-founded the National Association of Medical Orchestras to foster community and collaboration among medical orchestras across the United States of America.
My main research interest is 18c century Italian opera from a variety of perspectives (theorical, archival studies, audiences, gender).
I am a performer-composer, educator and curator working with children, families and arts organisations in the West Midlands. At the interdisciplinary interface between ethnomusicology, music education and community music, my research focuses on the international intercultural music-making of children and families in community and education settings. In 2015, I established a partnership with Friction Arts in Birmingham to develop a new music education project, Multicultural Music Making, guided and informed by the interests, geographical connections and cultural heritages of participants. MMM is funded by Youth Music and was a key motivation for undertaking my PhD research, which is supported by AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
In addition to my research, I also write and play my own music with Into The Zoetrope, Kamura Obscura and others, co-present Raised by Mellotrons on Brum Radio and co-host alternative gig night Club Integral Midlands Branch.
Wai Lok Cheung
I'm a PhD student from the Philosophy Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I use formal theories, such as decision theory, game theory, probability theory, modal logic, computability theory, learning theory, and connectionism, to describe the metaphysics of action. The resultant logic of action shall empower us to understand the failure forms of right acts - be they immoral, or imprudent. I interact deliberation with grammar through the structure of action, and, given the logic of action shall also have described music production, I hope to develop a theory of music with an aesthetics of humanity which obligates the sharing of humanity. Music shares the humanity of the author through, for example, infecting with, through expression of, emotions, including aesthetic ones.
Graduated from the French Institute of Geopolitics and University Paris I Sorbonne in geopolitics and political science, Adrien Nonjon is a PhD student at the Europe(s)-Eurasia Research Centre (CREE) of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO) in Paris. Specializing in the study of post-Soviet spaces, especially Ukraine, he has been working since 2019 at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) of George Washington University (GWU) as an associate researcher for the "Illiberalism" and "Transnational-History of the Far-Right" research programs. Adrien Nonjon's research focuses mainly on post-Soviet ideologies and counter-cultures such as neo-paganism, esotericism, and Black metal music.
Dr Beth Snyder
I am a Research Associate at the Royal College of Music working on the AHRC-funded ‘Music, Migration and Mobility’ project. I am also a graduate of New York University’s doctoral programme in musicology, and hold an MA and BA in philosophy. I have previously occupied positions as a Visiting Research Fellow and Associate Tutor in the University of Surrey’s Department of Music and Media, Visiting Lecturer (of music) at Scripps College and (of philosophy) at California State University San Bernardino.
My research has been published in The Journal of the American Musicological Society and Twentieth-Century Music. My work is motivated by an interest in the political utility of music and, in particular, the roles played by music in producing and complicating constructions of identity. I am also interested in philosopher Ernst Bloch’s provocative theory of music’s significance, which offers an alternative to hedonic theories of aesthetic value.
Dr Amin Hashemi
Dr Amin Hashemi is an early career interdisciplinary researcher in Musicology, Post-Structuralist Psychoanalysis & Discourse Analysis, Anthropology. He focuses on the links between musical creativity and subjectivity, the regimes of truth, and the transformations of the paradigms and everyday life. He is a SOAS graduate. His PhD Thesis was on antagonism in popular music, especially in regards to the politics of culture, transformation of meanings and subjectivity. His MA dissertation looked into revivalism discourses in music and examined how policies, artistic values and self-awareness fundamentally changed the context and content of the practice of music. He is now working on ideas regarding deeper psychoanalytical discussions of trauma, subjectivity, creativity and identities of place and migration in Europe, UK and the Middle East.