Dr Thomas Williams
Postgraduate Research Student
Qualifications: BA(Hons), MMUS
Tom Williams is performer, composer and musicologist. Having previously obtained a masters in music at Surrey, Tom is currently completing a part-time PhD.
Currently, Tom is involved in a variety of projects including an original project fusing world music, rock and jazz traditions in fresh compositions, working in theatre productions, transcribing music for publishing companies and performing regularly in the UK/abroad in a variety of differing settings including jazz, funk, rock, soul, big band and fusion ensembles. Tom is also a sought after educator and has taught guitar in schools, colleges and institutions across the South East and is a examiner for LCM/RGT guitar exams.
Tom’s PhD is based on perspectives on the deployment of improvisational language in contemporary jazz practice combining elements of musicology, analysis and heuristic enquiry to illuminate the grey area between the acquisition of knowledge as explicit and implicit. His work focuses on analysis of key figures in contemporary jazz including Michael Brecker and Wayne Krantz among others. His supervisor is Dr Milton Mermikides.
- Improvisation, composition and performance of contemporary popular music (in particular jazz related strands of improvisation based music).
- Theory and analysis: contemporary music, methodologies for jazz analysis, standard notation and it’s usefulness in jazz analysis
- Cognition of performance, pedagogy and creativity.
- Guitar performance and composition.
- Film music