International Women’s Day

Celebrating an engaged music community and breaking the bias

The initiative to build an International Women’s Day (IWD) program around Codarts’ Jazz, Pop & World Music department seems as relevant as ever.

This year’s IWD theme is ‘Break the Bias’ and it still resonates with women in music today. It has an impact on our education and industry, as well as on the diversity and inclusiveness of all underrepresented talents in music.

Our theme for International Women’s Day ‘Celebrating an engaged music community and breaking  the bias‘ relates to our desire to transform into a music community where awareness can grow into positive action forward and where more women will find their place within our Jazz, Pop and World Music departments as students and also faculty members.

There will be performances by (former) students, including Van Den Hil (Codarts Pop), Tineke Postma (saxophonist, composer, teacher Codarts) will be playing with Andrew Moreno (guitar Jazz), Jonathan Ho (alumnus Codarts Jazz), Martin Hafizi (alumnus Codarts Jazz). There will also be performances by Miran Noh and Femke Mooren (Codarts Jazz) and by the promising Sun-Mi Hong Group

Utrecht University assistant professor Christine Bauer will give a keynote speech on algorithm bias. “Music platforms suggest which songs to listen to now. Chances are the first recommendation is a song by a male artist. Can we break this pattern? – Yes, you can.”

RASL student (Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab) Florieke de Geus moderates a panel discussion with guests Kim Jäger (student Codarts and Utrecht University, improvising cellist), Alesandro Fongaro (bassist, composer, teacher Codarts), Mariëtte Groot (WORM, re#sister), Djuwa Mroivili (researcher, performer) and Tineke Postma. Linda Bloemhard (senior policy advisor Jazz, Pop & World Music) and Tineke Postma will host the event together.

This celebration is open to the public and will be streamed live via this link (log in as guest).

Date: 8 March, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: WMDC, Pieter de Hoochweg 125, Rotterdam
Entrance: Free

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