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Miroslav Spasov & Sarah Watts visit Brazil
Miroslav Spasov (Senior Lecturer in Music) and Sarah Watts, Bass Clarinet performer and PhD student at Keele, have just returned from Brazil where they visited four well-established universities from the 10th to 20th of November 2012: State University of Campinas, University of Sao Paulo, Federal University of the Rio de Janeiro, and the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife. They gave concerts and presentations featuring compositions and research by Keele staff members. Spasov’s presentation entitled ‘50 Years Creativity at Keele: Research and Practice in Music/Music Technology’ included examples of his colleagues works including his own research. Sarah Watts presented her work in progress involving the theory and practice of the bass clarinet’s extended techniques with an emphasis on ‘multiphonics’.
This was an excellent opportunity to present research activities at Keele, to initiate collaboration between Keele and Brazilian universities as well as the potential for recruiting postgraduate students from Brazil. In fact the first step toward writing a collaborative grant application based on the AHRC (UK) and FAPESP (Brazil) bilateral agreement and funding scheme, which involves Keele and several universities in the State of Sao Paulo, has already been made – Prof Rajmil Fischman (Keele) and Prof Jonatas Manzolli (University of Campinas, Sao Paulo) have already began the team-building process.
The tour allowed both Miroslav and Sarah to exchange experience and knowledge and also to establish solid grounds for collaboration with Brazilian universities in the future and to make Keele more ‘visible’ in South America.