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The invented identities and multiple creativities of David Bowie

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In this talk, I will explore some of the creative practices exemplified in the work of David Bowie, including the adoption of invented personas, musical and aesthetic style transformations and the importance of key collaborative partnerships, tracing the impact and influence of these practices on the wider cultural world, including my own music making. Looking at his latest album “The Next Day”, we will consider what can still be learned from this postmodern pop star whose career spans 5 decades.


Leah Kardos is a composer/producer, educator and pop culture enthusiast who is active in contemporary classical, experimental, media and commercial music circles. A signed artist with Bigo & Twigetti, her creative work focusses on studio-based composition, the communicative power of timbre, memory and pattern recognition and the many ways music and sound connects with life.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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