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Tim Knowles


I am a Teaching Associate in Performance at the University of Sheffield Department of Music, specialising in jazz, pop, and folk musics. In addition to running performance workshops, I have delivered lecture series on Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology, Music of the World, Popular Music, Music and Comedy, and Music Theory.

As a performing musician, my current creative projects include instrumental folk trio Auka; retro-futurist jazz ensemble Beyond Albedo (Jazz North Northern Line artists for 2019-20); and Arts Council funded poetry/music crossover project The Unsung.

The focus of my ongoing PhD research project is public participatory music-making (open mics; jazz jam sessions; folk sessions etc) in the city of Sheffield, and I have enjoyed presenting my findings at conferences across the country.