Dr Bjorn Heile
- Reader in Music since 1900 (Music)
telephone: +44 (0)141 330 5288
Deputy Head of School
Head of Subject Area (Music)
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 11am to 12noon
New music; experimental music theatre; music and cosmopolitanism; performance practice of experimental music; music and modernism; integrative music history; jazz studies, in particular jazz performance on screen.
I have come to Glasgow from the University of Sussex, where I spent eight years, more than three of which as Head of Department. Before that, I was at the University of Southampton, where I got my PhD and where I spent another year as Leverhulme Special Research Fellow. My first degree is from Technische Universität Berlin (MA in Musicology and English and American Literature).
I am the author of The Music of Mauricio Kagel (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006) and the editor of The Modernist Legacy: Essays on New Music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009) as well as the co-editor (with Martin Iddon) of Mauricio Kagel bei den Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik: Eine Dokumentation (Hofheim: Wolke, 2009). I am mostly interested in music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and I am increasingly drawn to integrative appraoches, whereby different forms of music - popular, classical, traditional, jazz, western and non-western - are not studied in isolation from one another but comparatively. It is fair to say that my expertise is greatest in avant-garde and experimental music (notably that of Mauricio Kagel) and jazz.
I have directed an AHRC-funded research project on ‘The Use of Audiovisual Resources in Jazz Historiography and Scholarship: Performance, Embodiment and Mediatised Representations’ (as part of the ‘Beyond Text’ scheme, 2010-11). A colected volume arising from the project, Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen, is due to appear at OUP in 2015.
Together with Martin Cloonan, I hold an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, '25 Years of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival' (Alison Eales, 2011-14).
I currently direct a British Academy-funded project on 'Mauricio Kagel: Estate and Legacy' (2013-14), and I am currently working on an application for a larger follow-up, entitled 'Mauricio Kagel's Experimental Music: Text and Performance, Process and Product', for submission to the AHRC.
British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant, ‘Mauricio Kagel: Estate and Legacy’, £9850 (August 2013 – July 2014)
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Grant, ‘Three Modernist Composers Collected by the Paul Sacher Foundation Basel’, £1560 (July 2012)
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (with Professor Martin Cloonan), ’25 Years Glasgow International Jazz Festival’, Partner: Glasgow International Jazz Festival, 2011-2014, £52,000
‘The Use of Audiovisual Resources in Jazz Historiography and Scholarship: Performance, Embodiment and Mediatised Representations’, Principal Investigator, £111,942.49, AHRC Beyond Text, Small Grant, 2010-2011.
British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (2006): £300
British Academy Conference Grant (for Fourth Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-century Music, Summer 2005): £500
Music and Letters Trust (for Fourth Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-century Music, Summer 2005): £250
Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship (October 2001-September 2003): ~£25000
Paul Sacher Foundation Basel (Switzerland) for studying the Mauricio Kagel collection (sketches and manuscripts), grant for three months’ research (2000): full stipend, ~7000,-SFr
‘Mauricio Kagel’s Experimental Music: Text and Performance, Process and Product’, AHRC large grant, collaborative
Suzanne Wilkins, University of Sussex (2009-2012), ‘Aesthetic Experience in Music: Case Studies in Composition, Performance and Listening’
Alison Eales, University of Glasgow (2011 -), ’25 Years of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival’ (second supervisor, 50%)
Jamie Fyffe, University of Glasgow (2012-), ‘Miles Davis: Authorship and Creativity’ (second supervisor, 50%)
Jon-Luke Kirton, University of Glasgow (2015-), ‘The adaptation of theatrical techniques in establishment of a deeper performance practice for the preparation of the voice in selected works for vocalising pianist’ (first supervisor, 75%)
- Musical Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century
- Musical Techniques, Intermediate
- Analysis, Intermediate
- Analysis, Higher
- Listening and Repertory
Knowledge Exchange, Impact, Public Engagement
Public Lecture, ‘Jazz on Screen’, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, 26 June 2014
Artistic Director, Performance of Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brise (‘A Breeze’) with members of the public, cultural programme of the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 15 June 2014
Interview on BBC Scotland, ‘Classics Unwrapped’ on performance of Eine Brise, 3 June 2014
Collaborative Doctoral Award with Glasgow International Jazz Festival, ’25 Years of the GIJF’, together with Professor Martin Cloonan, award holder: Alison Eales (see above under PhD supervision)
Interview on the death of Mauricio Kagel, BBC Radio 3, ‘Music Matters’, 20 September 2009
Interview on Mauricio Kagel’s work of the 1960s on ‘Studiozeit-Musikjournal’, Deutschlandfunk (German National Radio), 16 January 2006
Live discussion on ‘Live Festival Radio’, BBC Southern Counties Radio, 11 May 2003
‘Tras los pasos porteños de Kagel’ [report on my research], La Nación (Buenos Aires), 19 April 2003
Interview on ‘Los pasos perdidos’, Radio Nacional Argentina, May 2003 (exact date unknown)
Research Convenor, Music Subject Area, 2010-14
REF Champion, Music Subject Area, 2010-13
Postgraduate Advisor, School of Humanities
Advisor of Studies, MA, College of Arts
Member of College Appeals Panel; Investigating Officer on Complaints
Office Hours: Tues 11am, Fri 11am (term-time only)
Royal Musical Association, Member of Council (2009-2012), Member of External Affairs (2008-) and Membership and Finance Committees (2009-12)
Member of Advisory Board, RMA Music and Philosophy Research Group
Member of Editorial Board, Divergence Press, <http://tinthenet.com/Home.aspx>
External Examiner, BMus programme, Department of Music, University of Aberdeen, from 2013/14
External Examiner, BMus and MMus programmes, Department of Music and Sound Recording, University of Surrey (2009-2012) – not renewed due to change in conditions