The Power of Music

Nottingham University: One of the sponsors was the Room 217 Foundation from Canada. The title of Gary’s talk was ‘Taking an improvisational attitude to music’s help’. He described how how music can foster second-by-second change (of energy, mood, intensity, movement, focus). Music practitioners can use improvisational methods in ways that create connection with (and between) …

The High Road and the Low Road in Care for Music

Micro analysis of musical engagement takes time. It often dwells on split second interaction. The kind of things that, literally, if you blink, you will miss. Sometimes small things have large effects. In popular culture we speak of things like the ‘final straw’, of ‘tipping points’, of how sometimes things can, and have to ‘turn …

Memory, and Contested Memory

Memory Studies at University of Rome, III. Professoressa Annalisa Tota and her team at Roma III are specialists in ‘technologies of memory’, by which they mean cultural media. They study how memory is always collective – it takes shape in relation to available cultural images, narratives, and structured arrangements of sensory materials – such as …

Care for a Revolution?

Our Project Partner, Mountbatten Hospice hosted a wonderful conference entitled Care for a Revolution? Some striking talks and keynotes from Adam Kay, Tracey Bleakley, Dame Barbara Monroe, Barbara Gale, Sam Kyeremateng and (member of the Care for Music Advisory Board) Nigel Hartley. Two days discussing how to enrich our languages of death and dying, how …

Writing in the Light

September 2, 2019. A Dream Team for an intimate seminar on writing and craft. Gary and Tia were thrilled to welcome the pre-eminent ethnographer, methodologist and theorist, Distinguished Professor Paul Atkinson, Advisory Board Member, Dr Simon Procter, and Dr Emilie Whitaker, expert on care, ethnography, and aesthetics. Afterward, we toasted Paul’s forthcoming book, the third …