Public Research Seminar: Pedro Cravinho

Public Research Seminar: Pedro Cravinho
Date and time
28 Nov 2023 (3:30pm - 5:00pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


Free - booking required

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Pedro Cravinho

Public Research Seminar: Pedro Cravinho (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)
Dialogues: Exploring the crossroads between Fado and Jazz in Portugal

This seminar provides a historical overview of early encounters between jazz and fado in Portugal in the course of the twentieth century. One project commonly assumed to comprise one such encounter is the album Dialogues (Verve Records, 1990), recorded by North American double-bassist Charlie Haden and virtuoso of Portuguese guitar Carlos Paredes. However, the music that Dialogues draws on is not the traditional Lisbon fado repertoire and the blending of these two musical genres is by no means a new idea. The seminar explores the crossroads between jazz and fado based on archival and bibliographical research, complemented by fieldwork.

Dr Pedro Cravinho is Senior Research Fellow at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) and the Keeper of the Archives at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at BCU. He co-leads the Jazz Research Cluster at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research and teaches at RBC. His research interests include the jazz diaspora’s social, political, and cultural history and distinct media representation in the public sphere and his publications include key research about the history of jazz in Portugal, including, Encounters with Jazz on Television in Cold War Era Portugal, 1954–1974 (Routledge, 2022).

Running time approx. two hours and 30 minutes.

Our Public Research Seminars are held simultaneously at RBC and online via Zoom. A link to view the seminar online will be sent to you once a ticket is booked, should you wish to join the virtual session.