Drummer James Wood holds an Honours Bachelor degree in English and Related Literature, University of York and a Master's degree in Jazz and Improvised Music of the Univerity of York.
He is a member of the Late Music Ensemble. James works as a performer, tutor and creative consultant. As a researcher and musician he is primarily interested in improvisation within the jazz tradition, any and all performances in which he has participated have shaped his musical ontology and epistemology.
Grants & Awards
- Visiting Fellow, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, University of Guelph (2020)
- Visiting Fellow, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, (2020)
- Vinson Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2016)
- Arts Council England DYCP Award (2018)
- Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2014 Best New Band Award (with Donkey Zoo)
University of York (2012 - 2016):
MA, Music (Jazz and Improvised Musics)
BA (Hons), English and Related Literature
• Speaker: Performance Philosophy Conference Intoxication? Intervention! (Amsterdam). Topic: Arts Education and Institutional Endorsement.
• Speaker: Society of Arts Research 10th Annual Conference Productive Gaps (Zurich). Topic: An Attempt at Failure: Mono-Disciplinarity.
• Research Panel Chair: ARC (Artist_Research_Convergence, The Netherlands), session title POWER. Presentations currently under post-presentation review and edit for publication.
• Speaker and Event Producer: The Arts and Philosophy Conference (York). Topic: The Literature of Social-Profit, the Social-Profit of Literature.
• Speaker: Performance Philosophy Conference Beyond Application? Philosophy and the Arts (Surrey). Topic: Polysemic Discipline: Literature and Philosophy.
Please see my profile on Research Catalogue for an overview for varied projects of independent research.