Dr Chanan Hanspal

Lecturer, Popular Music

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music

Courses taught: Popular Music

Chanan specialises in music theory and performance, improvisation, composition and jazz guitar techniques.

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chanan.hanspal@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Chanan is a composer and guitarist and has worked in the music industry since 1993. He has performed and recorded with a variety of artists including John Medeski, Roots Manuva, Jazz Jamaica, Kylie Minogue, Jeff Lorber, Jay Kay (Jamiroquai), Valerie Etienne (Galliano), The Roots, Quest Love, 23 Skidoo, Imanni (Incognito) Summer and ex Miles Davis musicians Bill Evans and Mike Stern.

Chanan’s original jazz compositions 'It's only just a garden' and 'Jazz Scuffle' received extended radio play in Japan, Holland, New York and the UK, including Jazz FM and the Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio One. Chanan has recorded for Virgin, Sony, Dorado and Instinct Records, and has independently released a number of solo albums. In addition, he has toured and performed worldwide playing some of the most prestigious venues and events including, Jazzhaus, Freiburg Germany, Olympia, Paris, Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott's, Glastonbury Festival, Velfarre in Tokyo and WOMAD Festival.

Research interests

  • Music analysis
  • Jazz improvisation
  • Performance
  • The music of Frank Zappa

Areas of research supervision

  • Music composition
  • Jazz improvisation
  • Guitar styles and techniques

Teaching

Chanan currently teaches on the following modules

  • Dots, Lines and Waves
  • Chords, Contours and Grooves
  • Popular Music Performance
  • Songwriting

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of South Wales
  • MMus, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • PGCE, University of Greenwich, London
  • Associate Diploma in Performing Arts (Jazz), Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Perth

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Performing Rights Society, MCPS and PPL UK
  • Senior Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Hanspal, C (June 2007) ‘Rock Licks – Steve Howe’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 174-176.

Hanspal, C (May 2007) ‘Rock Licks – Michael Schenker’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 174-176.

Hanspal, C (April 2007) ‘Rock Licks – Gary Moore’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 170-172.

Hanspal, C (March 2007) ‘Rock Licks – Joe Satriani’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 168-170.

Hanspal, C (Feb. 2007) ‘Rock Licks – Pete Townshend’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 168-170.

Hanspal, C (Jan. 2007) ‘Rock Licks – Steve Vai’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 181-183.

Hanspal, C (Dec. 2006) ‘Rock Licks – Alex Lifeson’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 184-185.

Hanspal, C (Nov. 2006) ‘Rock Licks – Carlos Santana’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 184-186.

Hanspal, C (Oct. 2006) ‘Rock Licks – Billy Gibbons’ in Guitarist, Future plc pp. 188-190.

Hanspal, C (Sep. 2006) ‘Rock Licks – Frank Zappa’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 170-172.

Hanspal, C (Aug. 2006) ‘Rock Licks – Ritchie Blackmore’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 172-173.

Hanspal, C (July 2006) ‘Rock Licks – John Petrucci’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 183-185.

Hanspal, C (June 2006) ‘Rock Licks – Steve Morse’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 181-183.

Hanspal, C (May 2006) ‘Rock Licks – Jeff Beck’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 181-183.

Hanspal, C (April 2006) ‘Rock Pentatonics – Carl Verheyen’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 181-183.

Hanspal, C (March 2006) ‘Rock Pentatonics – Frank Gambale’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 174-175.

Hanspal, C (Feb. 2006) ‘Rock Pentatonics – Eric Johnson’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 180-183.

Hanspal, C (Jan. 2006) ‘Rock Pentatonics – Paul Gilbert’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 188-189.

Hanspal, C (Dec. 2005) ‘Rock Pentatonics – Kirk Hammett’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 194-195.

Hanspal, C (Nov. 2005) ‘Rock Pentatonics – Slash’ in Guitarist, Future plc, pp. 185-186.

Recent presentations and conferences

Frank Zappa the Isomelicist and Intervallic Manipulator. Paper delivered at the IASPM: Popular Music Futures conference. Cardiff University, 10-11 September 2015.

Media experience

Television and film

Hanspal, C (2001) Kylie Minogue ‘Please Stay’ Live Música Sí 2000, Madrid, 31.01.2001.

Hanspal, C (2000) Kylie Minogue ‘Please Stay’, The National Lottery, BBC 1, 25.11.2000.

Hanspal, C (1999) Valerie Etienne ‘The Birds Sing’, Holland TV (Poss Acoustic) Two Meter Session, 08.10.1999

Hanspal, C (1997) Nil By Mouth (1997) Directed by Gary Oldman [Film] Sony Pictures.

Performances

Hanspal, C (2002) Summer Live at The Kashmir Klub, London, 25 November 2002.

Hanspal, C (2000) 23 Skidoo at WOMAD Festival, Reading 21 July 2000.

Hanspal, C (2000) 23 Skidoo at La Scala, London 11 February 2000.

Hanspal, C (1999) Valerie Etienne at Ronnie Scotts, Birmingham, 5 October 1999.

Hanspal, C (1999) Valerie Etienne at Café de Paris, London, 9 December 1999.

Hanspal, C (1999) Valerie Etienne at The Hague, Netherlands, Crossing Border Festival, 7 October 1999.

Hanspal, C (1999) Valerie Etienne at Olympia, Paris, 23 October 1999.

Audio Recordings

Hanspal, C (2019) High Octane [CD] Hanspal Music Recordings.

Hanspal, C (2019) The Garden Sessions [CD] Hanspal Music Recordings.

Hanspal, C (2018) Only Two Things Are Infinite [CD] Hanspal Music Recordings.

Hanspal, C (2012) Ephemeral Morph [CD] Hanspal Music Recordings.

Hanspal, C (2001) ‘Good To Go’ on Good To Go [CD] Instinct Records.

Hanspal, C (2000) ‘Where you at?’ on 23 Skidoo [CD] Virgin Records.

Hanspal, C (1998) ‘Dream Your Dream’ on Dream Your Dream [CD] Instinct Records.

Hanspal, C (1997) ‘On The Loose’ on Earthwise Shadow, Vol. 3 [CD] Shadow Records.

Hanspal, C (1996) ‘No Sooner Said’ on Jazz Powers, Vol. 2: Sound of London [CD] Instinct Records.

Hanspal, C (1996) ‘Ming’ on This Is Acid Jazz: New Voices, Vol. 3 [CD] Instinct Records.

Hanspal, C (1996) ‘No Sooner Said’ on Groove Oil 2 [CD] Boogie Back Records.

Hanspal, C (1995) ‘Charm Loop’ on This Is Acid Jazz: The Next Step [CD] Instinct Records.

Hanspal, C (1995) ‘Nimble’ on After Hours, Vol 2: Last Call [CD] Instinct Records.

Hanspal, C (1995) Ming [CD] Dorado Records.

Hanspal, C (1994) ‘Understanding The Peace’ on Dorado: A Compilation (3) [CD] Dorado Records.

Video Recordings

Chanan Hanspal – A 30 Year Retrospective [Video] One Welsh Indian Productions: