Panels and Conference Presentations

Throughout 2021, artistic research in jazz has been discursively developed by organizing various panel discussions with selected authors and external artist scholars at the major jazz research conferences around the globe:

Current Events:

Jazz Re:Search in 21st-Century Academia and Beyond – 13th International Jazz Research Conference, Graz (18.-21. November 2021)

Panel Discussion with Prof. Marcel Cobussen, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor), Dr. Tracy McMullen, Dr. Vincent Meelberg, Dr. Chris Stover, Dr. Wolf-Georg Zaddach (respondent)


IASJ Jazz Research Conference (Leiden University, 11.-12. November 2021)

Panel discussion with  Andrew Bain (RBC), Kurt Ellenberger (GVSU), Petter Frost Fadnes (UiS), Michael Kahr (JMLU/KUG), Wouter Turkenburg (IASJ)

Past Events:

Jazz Education Network Conference (January 2021Online)

Panel Discussion on Artistic Research in Jazz with Dr. William Banfield, Dr. John E. Hasse, Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor), Mag. Marcus Ratka, Jasna Joviċeviċ

AEC Jazz and Pop Platform (11.-13. February 2021, Online)

Paper on Artistic Research in Jazz by Dr. Michael Kahr

Australian Jazz and Improvisation Network Conference, Sydney (5.-6. June 2021, Online)

Panel Discussion with Prof. Robert Burke, Prof. Roger Dean, Prof. Marc Duby, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor), Dr. Chris Stover


Documenting Jazz, Edinburgh (23.-26. June 2021, Online)

Round Table Discussion with Dr. Andrew Bain, Dr. Mike Fletcher, Prof. Petter Frost-Fadnes, Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor)


2nd Conference of the International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz

18th & 19th January 2021
(All times UTC +1)

register for attendance via email

Monday 18th January

10:00 – Welcome

Session 1 – 10:15-12:00

Slime mould improvisers: Knowledge through analogy
Chris Mapp (Birmingham City University)
The question of method: transcription and auto-ethnography.
Lee Griffiths (Birmingham City University)
Transdisciplinary methodologies of Artistic research in music improvisation
Case study
Jasna Jovicevic (Singidunum University- Belgrade)

Session 2 – 16:00-17:30
Live panel – Researching Self – navel-gazing gibberish or profound knowledge?

Vidar Schanche (UiS)
Corey Mwamba (BCU)
Chris Mapp (BCU)

Per Zanussi (UiS)
Petter Frost Fadnes (UiS)

Tuesday 19th January

Session 3 – 10:00-12:00

Cueca, Tradition and Innovation
Danilo Rojas
Artistic Research in Jazz – Eight themes for undisciplinary practices
Chris Stover – Queensland Conservatorium. Griffith University
Artistic Research: An Evolving Methodology
Robert Burke – Monash University

Session 4 – 12:00-13:30

Live panel – Artistic Research in Jazz and Popular Music at the MA Level
Chair: Michael Kahr
Lukas Aichinger
Aida Batista Böhm
Berthold Cvach
Ursula Erhart
Constanze Friedl
Gregor Fußenegger
Nikolaus Georgiades
Andreas Hackl
Alexandre Laloux
Aaron Steiner
Eva Maria Stöckler

Session 5 – 16:00-18:00

What the World Needs Now is Jazz
Monika Herzig – Indiana University
Lost Vocabulary Recovered: Applications for Practice and Pedagogy
Tom Williams (Academy of Contemporary Music) & Rich Perks (University of Kent)
Combining methods in improvisation research as a means of ensuring rigor
Una MacGlone – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Closing discussion and next steps – 18:00-18:30

2nd Conference of the International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz Call for Expressions of Interest

The International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz (INARJ) and Royal
Birmingham Conservatoire invite expressions of interest from potential contributors to an online artistic jazz research symposium to be held on 18-22 January 2021. The
aim of the symposium is to facilitate dialogue between artistic jazz researchers
worldwide with a view to further consolidating and expanding a global research
network. Contributors will be asked to prepare and submit a 10-15 minute video
presentation of an aspect of their research that in some way addresses the four
points listed below, which are some of the main talking points that the group has
been discussing so far. Video submissions will be scheduled for broadcast over the
course of the symposium, and chaired breakout sessions will allow for interactive
discussion between participants.

At the present time it is our hope to be able to combine an element of physical
hosting at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (GBR), University of Stavanger (NOR),
Monash University (AUS) and Jam Music Lab Private University for Jazz and Popular
Music (AUT) to complement the online sessions. However, this will be contingent on
the continuing COVID 19 situation. Additionally we would like to extend the invitation
to other institutions to act as virtual symposium hubs.

Conference paper discussion points:

1) Research of vs. research with. Is there/should there be a distinction between
using practice as a vehicle to articulate/disseminate research findings where the
research output is a performance or similar, and more traditional research methods
that disseminate knowledge generated by practice where the output is
transcription/text that describes performance? In the case of the latter, what is the
distinction between this and more traditional forms of musicology?

2) Demonstrating ‘rigour’ in improvised music. To what extent is it possible to
demonstrate – and consequently assess – the rigour of research that uses
improvisation as a central component?

3) Knowledge exchange via improvised music practice. If we are to align
ourselves with the broader field of jazz studies, might it be necessary to find ways of
better communicating the knowledge gained from artistic research? What might those modes of communication be?

4) Value/application of knowledge to the wider research community. How can
we better ensure rigour and mediating between artistic research and the potentially
subjective nature of artistic practice and improvisation practice?

Please submit a written abstract (c.150 words) outlining the proposed submissions
by 9th November 2020. Please send by email to
Successful applicants will be notified by the 1st December 2020 and invited to
prepare and submit a pre-recorded audio or video presentation by 1st January

The International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz – Mission Statement
• Establish a formalised network of artistic researchers in jazz
• Host an annual meeting
• Open dialogue on the state of artistic research in jazz internationally
• Increase visibility of artistic research in jazz as an independent sub-discipline

INARJ website:
Conference website:

Conference steering group:
Andrew Bain – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Petter Frost-Fadnes – University of Stavanger
Mike Fletcher – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Michael Kahr – University of Music and Performing
Arts Graz / Jam Music Lab Privat University for Jazz and Popular Music
Corey Mwamba – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Conference committee:
Patrick Avery (Royal College of Music)
Rob Burke (Monash University)
Alexander Douglas (NHS Research & Development NW)
Monika Herzig (Indiana University)
Jasna Jovicevic (Singidunum University Belgrade)
Visa-Pekka Mertanen (University of the Arts Helsinki Sibelius Academy)
Emiliano Sampaio (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz)
Chris Stover (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University)
Tom Williams (Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey)
Wolf-Georg Zaddach (Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar)
Per Zanussi (University of Stavanger)

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