Kevin Leomo

Research title

Portfolio of Compositions: A practice-based investigation of cross-cultural composition

Research summary

My aim is to deliver new insights into cross-cultural composition by undertaking a practice-based investigation, with the results of my research demonstrated in my portfolio of compositions and accompanying commentary.

Throughout this project, I aim to identify and interact with socio-cultural problems and ethical issues, namely cultural appropriation, specifically in regards to contemporary composition. These notions of cultural exchange and appropriation are relevant today, not only in music, but in in a wider social context. The setting of today’s pluralistic and globalised society will contextualise my research. 


Nocturne (2017) Performed by Linda Jenkins, TaiHei Ensemble. University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon. October 2017. Performed by Conrad Marshall, Psappha Ensemble. Manchester, May 2017.

Murmurations (2017) Performed by Ensemble Móbile. IV Bienal Música Hoje. Paraná, Brasil. July 2017.

Silent Key (2016) Performed by OBFCS Guest Artists. Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium, University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon. July 2016.

The Reef (2016) Performed by Glasgow New Music Expedition. Sound Thought, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow. April, 2016.

Cross Currents (2015) Performed by Ensemble Okeanos. Royal Musical Association and British Forum for Ethnomusicology Joint Research Students’ Conference. University of Bangor, Wales. January 2016.


Sound Thought 2017. Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Committee Chair.

Sound Thought 2016. Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Committee Member. 


  • Composition in the Classroom