2nd IASPM Pop Talk (IASPM Benelux)

Please find below an invitation to participate in the second edition of IASPM Pop Talks.


Double Book Launch: Remixing European Jazz Culture & Voices Found: Free Jazz and Singing 


January 27th, 17:00-19:00 (CET)


Online via this Google Meets link: meet.google.com/ogs-rkvq-ddo

We request that you register in advance by emailing your first and last name to c.j.tonelli@rug.nl with the subject line “Double Book Launch Registration.” Entry without advance registration is possible but there is a chance the hosts may not admit individuals who names/screen names are not known to them.  

In 2020-2021, IASPM Benelux is prioritizing keeping popular music scholars in the Benelux connected despite our inability to gather in person. Our regular means of staying connected, our conferences, is not an option for now and so we have launched an online colloquium series we’re calling IASPM Pop Talks. The second event in the series, which will take place online on Wednesday, January 27th from 17:00-19:00 (CET), will be a double book launch event celebrating the release in 2020 of Remixing European Jazz Culture by former IASPM Benelux chair and Popular Music Studies professor at University of Groningen, Dr. Kristin McGee, and Voices Found: Free Jazz and Singing by current IASPM Benelux secretary and Popular Music Studies professor at the University of Groningen, Dr. Chris Tonelli. Dr. Fabian Holt, author of Genre in Popular Music (2007) and Everyone Loves Live Music (2021), will be present to comment on Remixing European Jazz Culture, and Carey West, vocalist and doctoral student in the University of Guelph’s Critical Studies in Improvisation program will comment on Voices Found. Musicians discussed in the two books will also be present to comment and offer performances; these will include: Amsterdam based saxophonist, DJ, and producer Susanne Alt; Berlin-based DJ, producer, and Jazzanova member Stefan Leisering; and Toronto based poet and soundsinger Paul Dutton. This session is a co-presentation with the University of Groningen’s Arts, Culture and Media program’s Music Matters Lecture Series

Remixing European Jazz Culture examines a jazz culture that emerged in the 1990s in cosmopolitan cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, London, and Oslo – energised by the introduction of studio technologies into the live performance space, which has since developed into internationally recognised, eclectic, hybrid jazz styles. This book explores these oft-overlooked musicians and their forms that have nonetheless expanded the plane of jazz’s continued prosperity, popularity, and revitalisation in the twenty-first century – one where remix is no longer the sole domain of studio producers.

Voices Found: Free Jazz and Singing contributes to a wave of voice studies scholarship with the first book-length study of free jazz voice. It pieces together a history of free jazz voice that spans from sound poetry and scat in the 1950s to the more recent wave of free jazz choirs. The author traces the developments and offers a theory, derived from interviews with many of the most important singers in the history of free jazz voice, of how listeners have experienced and evaluated the often unconventional vocal sounds these vocalists employed. This theory explains that even audiences willing to enjoy harsh sounds from saxophones or guitars often resist when voices make sounds that audiences understand as not-Human.

We look forward to meeting you (online)!

The IASPM Benelux board

Oliver Seibt –

Chair IASPM Benelux 

Chris Tonelli –

Secretary IASPM Benelux 

Femke Vandenberg –

Treasurer IASPM Benelux 

Matthias Heyman –

Media liaison IASPM Benelux 

Melanie Schiller –

Member-at-large and national representative