Alexander Gagatsis Jazz Septet


Alexander Gagatsis leads a group of young musicians from the Department of Music, University of Manchester. Featuring vocalist Rachel Burnett, the group presents songs from the American Songbook arranged in contemporary settings.

Alexander Gagatsis is lecturer in jazz studies at the Department of Music, University of Manchester. He holds master’s degrees from Trinity College of Music and King’s College London, and an Artist Diploma from the State University of New York where he studied with Hal Galper, John Abercrombie, and Jon Faddis. He earned his PhD from the University of Nottingham where he held the Vice-Chancellor Award for Research Excellence and the Leventis Foundation doctoral scholarship (2018), and soon after was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to study improvisation as an activity dependent as much on spatial navigation as on musical learning (2019). His present work on the Modern Jazz Quartet has been supported among others by the Berger-Berger-Carter Research Fellowship at the Institute of Jazz Studies (New Jersey, US) and the British Academy/Leverhulme funds. He is member of an interdisciplinary research group that investigates the impact of an improvised music-making programme on care home staff and family carers, led by Professor John Keady and funded by the School for Social Care Research. In Manchester he teaches jazz historiography and criticism, jazz improvisation and ensemble classes, as well as oversees performance modules across the undergraduate curriculum. A musician at heart, his research is consistently informed by his practice and experience as an improvising percussionist, whether in jazz, Balkan and contemporary music or their fusion.

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Wed 16th October 2024


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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