While experimental improvisation techniques are primarily applied in small jazz ensembles, the repertoire and style for large jazz ensembles, like big bands, consists largely of traditional mainstream big band music from the 1940s till the 1960s. Improvisation, a key element in jazz was used by members of New York School of composers [John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown and Christian Wolff] to attain a central aim: reducing composer influence. This practice-based research project focuses on creating a folio of new music exploring the application of abstract composition techniques of the NY school in large jazz ensemble, articulated by a critical commentary.

Marike van Dijk is a Dutch jazz saxophonist and composer. She has released three albums as a bandleader. Her most recent release features a collaboration with singer-songwriters and her large jazz ensemble from New York and the Netherlands: The Stereography Project feat. Jeff Taylor & Katell Keineg. Other work includes compositions for film and collaborations with dancers and visual artists.

About Research Seminar Series

Research seminars are presented by current staff, higher degree research students and visiting academics. 

The seminar series showcases our Higher Degree by Research candidates’ work, as well as providing valuable professional development opportunities for those interested in Higher Degree by Research. Visiting scholars are regularly invited to address staff and students, and the seminars are open to the public. Please register by following the link in the session below that you wish to attend.



ZOOM and Room 460