Report of the 3rd INARJ Symposium at the JAM MUSIC LAB University in Vienna (Feb. 23-25, 2023)

The International Network of Artistic Research in Jazz (INARJ) hosted its 3rd Conference February 23-25, 2023 at the Jam Music Lab Private University for Jazz and Popular Music at the Gasometer in Vienna. Discussions focused on questions of methodology, rigor, knowledge exchange, and positioning especially for jazz and improvised music. Participants on site and online experienced 25 presentations and performances by thought leaders and practitioners from 4 continents (Europe, Africa, Australia, Americas). Some highlights included improvisations on custom digital instruments, musical expression connected to memorial sites, relationships of gender and improvisation, historiography, musicians’ experience as artistic research method, and the initial Talking Jazz Live pilot event with musical interactions by Jam Music Lab Professor of Artistic Research Monika Herzig and Professor of Jazz at Dublin City University, Ronan Guilfoyle. Presentations also included the work on story-singing by the hosting institution’s faculty member Dr. Johannes Steiner and the opening keynote address by Dr. Michael Kahr, network initiator and chair of the Center for Artistic Research at the JMLU. Recordings of the sessions are archived at the JMLU for documentation and research purposes and a new online journal as well as yearly conferences are planned. The 4th symposium will be hosted by the Gustav Mahler Private University of Music in Klagenfurt in 2024.

Published by Michael Kahr

jazz pianist, composer, arranger and researcher

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