Rethinking Jazz is an innovative jazz photography exhibition featuring commissioned work by the 2009 Taylor Wessing National Portrait Photography prize-winner Paul Floyd Blake.
Floyd Blake’s new work is based on a personal exploration of place and identity at three major and very distinctive European jazz festivals: Rotterdam’s North Sea, Copenhagen and London. The exhibition has been commissioned by the Rhythm Changes project, a €1m three-year European research programme, led by the Salford Music Research Centre, which explores the complex relationship between identity and place through a study of European jazz scenes and cultures.
Floyd Blake has gained critical acclaim for his unique studies of identity and place, and his work often seeks to challenge existing photographic practice. In responding to the commission, Floyd Blake captured aspects of festival life that were unique, counterintuitive or which captured a sense of social ambience. Rather than focusing on shots of musicians on stage or stereotypical jazz poses, Floyd Blake explored jazz from different perspectives, from the views of audiences to examinations of festival settings.
The resulting collection of 30 images on display at CUBE will encourage viewers to rethink their relationship to jazz and challenge the role music plays in very different festival, and social, contexts.