The joint FMA 2019 and AAWM 2019 programme can be downloaded here

Tuesday, July 2nd


09:00-10:00 Registration - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Café
10:00-10:30 Welcome, RBC Folk Ensemble Concert - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recital Hall

Keynote - Millennium Point - MP388

10:45-11:45 Bryan Duggan (DIT):

Bryan will be detailing the development of Tunepal, a query-by-playing search enginefor traditional melodies used by over 30,000 musicians around the world

AAWM Paper Session 1 - Millennium Point - MP388

11:45-12:30 Babak Nikzat:

Elastic scales or elastic hearing? The significance of ethnographic fieldwork in understanding the emic perception of musical pitch: A case study on south Iranian bagpipe music


12:00-13:00 Lunch - Millennium Point Refectory - Floor 3

FMA Paper Session 1 - Millennium Point - MP388

13:00-13:30 Anders Erik Røine:

Phrasing Practices in Norwegian Slåtte Music - Preliminary results and methodological considerations
13:30-14:00 Frank Scherbaum, Nana Mzhavanadze, Sebastian Rosenzweig and Meinard Mueller:

Multi-media recordings of traditional Georgian vocal music for computational analysis
14:00-14:30 Geert Maessen:

Aspects of melody generation for the lost chant of the Mozarabic Rite
14:30-15:00 Sauhaarda Chowdhuri:

PhonoViz: Chroma Feature Visualization for Hindustani Classical Music
15:00-15:30 Robertas Budrys and Rytis Ambrazevičius:

On the singer’s formant in Lithuanian traditional singing
15:30-16:00 Mats Johansson:

Timing-sound interactions in traditional Scandinavian fiddle music: Preliminary findings and implications

AAWM Paper Session 2 - Millennium Point - MP388

16:30-17:15 Jay Rahn:

Reformulating Traditional Burmese Tunings
17:15-18:00 Michael Clarke, Jonathan Stock, Cristina Ghirardini, and Laurens Van Der Wee:

IRiMaS: An interactive aural approach to analysing world music


18:00-19:00 A chance to unwind, have a meal (the Woodman Pub usually serves until 7pm but there are plenty of restaurants a short walk away!)

Evening event - The Woodman Pub

19:00 Onwards Traditional tune session

If you play traditional or folk music, you are most welcome to join in so please bring an instrument. There will be a few players of English and Irish tunes but anything goes and it would be nice to hear music from other traditions!

Address: New Canal St Birmingham B5 5LG
Phone: 0121 643 4960

Wednesday, July 3rd

Workshop - Millennium Point - MP388

9:30-10:15 Joe Broughton:

Fiddle Playing Styles

FMA Paper Session 2 - Millennium Point - MP388

10:30-11:00 Rytis Ambrazevičius:

Modelling of local tempo change with applications to Lithuanian traditional singing
11:00-11:30 Per Åsmund Omholt:

Painting blue
11:30-12:00 Geert Maessen:

Toledo, Rome and the origins of Gregorian chant - An alternative hypothesis

Concert - Conservatoire Jazz Club - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

12:00-13:00 Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

A duo that has become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in2013, before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category.

AAWM Paper Session 3 - Millennium Point - MP388

13:30-14:15 Kendra Stepputat and Christopher S. Dick:

The importance of 'the beat' for tango dancers: Using motion capture to access culturally embedded and embodied knowledge
14:15-15:00 David Kirkland Garner:

Tempo, Drive & Identity in Cape Breton Traditional Fiddle Music
15:00-15:45 Rainer Polak:

What data to compute? The role of corpus construction: Three examples from Mali

FMA Paper Session 3 - Millennium Point - MP388

16:00-16:30 Polina Proutskova:

Towards singing perception universals
16:30-17:00 Pierre Beauguitte and Hung-Chuan Huang:

Content-based music retrieval of Irish traditional music via a virtual tin whistle

Concert - Conservatoire Jazz Club - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

18:00-19:00 Urban Folk Quartet (Doors open 17:45)

This is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song—but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

Banquet Meal - The Karczma

19:30 Onwards Classic Polish Food (

Address: Polish Millennium, Bordesley St, Birmingham B5 5PH
Phone: 0121 448 0017

Thursday, July 4th

AAWM Paper Session 4 - Millennium Point - MP388

09:00-09:45 Rafael Caro Repetto and Xavier Serra:

Seeing for better listening: Computational tools for enhancing music understanding
09:45-10:30 Martín Rocamora and Luis Jure:

carat: A toolbox for computer-assisted rhythm analysis
10:30-11:15 Panos Mavromatis:

Toward Cognitive Models of Improvisation: Perspectives from Computational Corpus Analysis
11:15-12:00 André Holzapfel:

Towards the analysis of long participatory music performances

Concert - Conservatoire Jazz Club - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

12:00-13:00 Will Pound


13:00-13:30 Lunch - Millennium Point Refectory - Floor 3

FMA Paper Session 4 - Millennium Point - MP388

13:30-14:00 Cornelia Metzig, Roshani Abbey, Mark Sandle, Caroline Colijn:

Country classification with feature selection and network construction for folk tunes
14:00-14:30 Nana Mzhavanadze and Madona Chamgeliani:

Analysis of mutual influence of music and text in Svan songs
14:30-15:00 Shoichiro Sato, Joren Six, Peter Pfordresher, Shinya Fujii and Patrick Savag:

Automatic comparison of global children’s and adult songs
15:00-15:30 Jiei Kuroyanagi, Shoichiro Sato, Meng-Jou Ho, Gakuto Chiba, Joren Six, Peter Pfordresher, Adam Tierney, Shinya Fujii and Patrick Savage:

Automatic comparison of human music, speech, and bird song suggests uniqueness of human scales

Panel Discussion - Millennium Point - MP388

16:00-17:30 Rainer Polak, André Holzapfel, Panos Mavromatis, Sarah Weiss, and Luis Jure


20:00 Onwards The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham