Music 2.0: Conference comusication jam

IEC Conference: cancelled

I specialise in large-scale group musical interaction – and would love to offer this to the conference as a group energiser, if it fit the programme! Typically this could last 10-15 minutes (can be shorter if need be), and would be an interactive segment that would bring all of the delegates present into a brief creative, musical interactive experience where every member is an active participant. For an example, please see the following video, where this was run with 1200 people:

This could be run alone, or with support from an impromptu percussion band pulled together from other delegates (which has staging/amplification implications), or one that has been developed in a separate workshop prior to the slot. It’s relatively simple for me to bring instruments for up to 100 people to play, and I’m happy to explore sources of support to access a greater number of instruments if need be. Alternatively, it can be run entirely with objects that delegates will have around them. I’m very happy to collaborate on a plan that best fits the goals of the conference!


United Kingdom

Jane Bentley is a drummer, singer, and music in healthcare practitioner and consultant, based in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2011 she was awarded her PhD based on interactive improvisation, highlighting the effects of group music making on human wellbeing.

For over 20 years she has worked with people in healthcare, prison services, communities, businesses, and performing groups.  She has trained musicians, educators, music therapists, and healthcare staff from Brighton to Bangalore.

Her work with mental health has been recognised through the Epic award for the best voluntary arts project in Scotland and inspired the formation of several other drumming groups for mental and social wellbeing.

In 2018, she spent a year as an Atlantic fellow for Equity in Global Brain Health, at the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin, exploring the interaction between music and brain health.

As a musician, she plays with the Ha Orchestra, an African diaspora orchestra playing newly composed music on traditional instruments, and folk trio Siskin Green. She has been an integral fangirl for 25 years.