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Exciting Music and Freedom event being held on March 31st at UCLan as part of Ribble Valley Jazz Festival (RVJF)!

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On the 31st of March an exciting and innovative event is being held at UCLan, as part of Ribble Valley Jazz Festival between March 25th – April 1st.

The festival will involve a variety of musical and academic events including community events, seminars and gigs with an opportunity to get involved in some experimental music.

The IBAR event brings together distinguished international academics and dynamic Northern artistic and musical performers for a truly unique experience. Leading Civil Rights scholar and the author of ‘Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations’, Professor Brian Ward from Northumbria University will give the keynote address on “Freedom Sounds: Music and Civil Rights Movement”.

The other academic speaker will be Dr. María Rocío Cobo Pinero from the University of Cadiz whose paper will look at 1920s Jazz and Spanish flappers.

Our performance element will showcase the links cotton establishes in the nineteenth century between enslaved Africans and the Lancashire working class using song and dance. This will be delivered by the ballad singer and clog dancer, Manchester-based Jennifer Reid and the black British performance artist Jade Montserrat from Scarborough.

For a programme click here.

Preston Jam is a brand new music festival curated by the University of Central Lancashire in partnership with the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. The festival will be delving into jazz and other improvised music, exploring all its diverse forms from rap to hip-hop to electronica. Whether you are part of a band or just passionate about music, come along and experience the feeling of freedom music can create by exploring the different styles and genres that the 21st century has to offer.

The free event will take place in the Media Innovation Studio between 14:00 – 17:00 BST on the Fri 31st March 2017

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Refreshments will be provided.



Jade Montserrat and Jennifer Reed


1920s Jazz and Spanish Flappers: Dr Maria Rocio Cobo Pinero


Freedom Sounds: Music and the Civil Rights Movement: Brian Ward