Dr Pedro Cravinho


Keeper of the Archives – Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Senior Research Fellow – Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR)

Birmingham School of Media
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Dr Pedro Cravinho (born 1968) began his musical career as a self-taught electric bassist taking part of Oporto's late 1980s pop-rock scene. Cravinho got a music education on classical double bass and studied jazz (electric bass and double bass) before starting a career as a freelance bassist and educator. After taking a degree in Musicology (BMus) and a PhD in Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies, became a full-time researcher.

Cravinho currently is a Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, and the Keeper of the Archives at the Faculty of Arts, Design & Media. He researches and writes about jazz, media, and archives, with primary focus on the twentieth-century jazz diaspora social, political and musical history. He is a SEDA Accredited Research Supervisor.

As an author and editor advisor, Cravinho has collaborated in several international publications, such as Jazz and Totalitarianism (2017, Routledge), The History of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context (2018, Equinox), and The Oxford History of Jazz in Europe (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Currently is working on his monograph, Encountering Jazz and Television in Cold War Era Portugal (forthcoming, Routledge).

Cravinho is on the editorial board of the European jazz research journal Jazz-hitz (Musikene, Spain), which offers a space for collaborations from different countries and diverse languages.

Jazz-hitz website: http://jazz-hitz.musikene.eus/index.php/jazz-hitz

As a jazz educator, Cravinho worked at the Escola de Jazz do Porto, and Escola Profissional de Jazz do Porto, among other music schools in North Portugal. He was the founder of JAM - Jazz Ao Minho, collective jazz focused on improvised music in Braga. Cravinho was the Head of Jazz Department at Conservatório Regional de Vila Nova de Famalicão.

As a researcher, Cravinho belonged to the Centro de Estudos de Jazz (Jazz Studies Centre) at the University of Aveiro, working on José Duarte's Collection, and lecturing History of Jazz - Jazz in Portugal course (MA Jazz Students). In the same institution, as a full-time researcher, Cravinho took part in the first-ever jazz research project in Portugal – “Jazz Messengers: The reception of Jazz and its promoters in Twenty-Century Portugal”, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

As a lecturer, Cravinho worked at the Conservatório de Música de Coimbra (Research Methods and History of Jazz), where he was also the PAP Jazz Course Scientific Coordinator of the Curso Profissional de Instrumentistas de Música de Jazz, before moving to the UK.

He was a Doctoral Visiting Researcher in the Music Department at the University of York, before joining Birmingham City University.

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