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Dr Nishlyn Ramanna

Dr Nishlyn Ramanna [BMus, PhD (UKZN)] is currently Head of Jazz Studies.

 Nishlyn Ramanna

Pianist, composer, and musicologist Nishlyn Ramanna first became interested in jazz on hearing an album with Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass in his last years of high school. He completed a BMus in jazz at the University of Natal, and later a PhD on contemporary jazz in post-apartheid Durban and Johannesburg. He has published on SA jazz in the Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and the journals SAMUS and Social Dynamics. He is currently guest editor of the African Genres volume of EPMOW (Encyclopaedia of Popular Musics of the World) and editor of SAMUS.

Between 2007 and 2010, he wrote a music column for the KZN-based Sunday Tribune.

As co-leader of the intercultural improvisation ensemble Mosaic, he has performed at various classical, folk, and jazz festivals and venues in South Africa, several appearances on national television, and at functions at which Presidents Mandela and Mbeki were present. The group also performed at the 1996 International Association of Jazz Educators' Conference in Atlanta, and at the Royal Academy in London in 1998. From 2000 to 2002, whilst holding a lectureship in jazz at Rhodes, he also taught piano and performed at the annual, week-long National Youth Jazz Festival.

Ramanna’s debut CD A Thought (2005) includes eight of his original compositions and is available online via http://cdbaby.com/cd/ramanna. Recorded while he was Overseas visiting Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, it features veteran UK jazz saxophonist Stan Sulzmann as special guest. Ramanna has also composed music for We Remember Differently (2005) and Le Boeuf sur le toit (2010),both by Johannesburg film director Jyoti Mistry.

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