1st Edition

Artistic Research in Jazz Positions, Theories, Methods

Edited By Michael Kahr Copyright 2022
    224 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents the recent positions, theories, and methods of artistic research in jazz, inviting readers to critically engage in and establish a sustained discourse regarding theoretical, methodological, and analytic perspectives.

    A panel of eleven international contributors presents an in-depth discourse on shared and specific approaches to artistic research in jazz, aiming at an understanding of the specificity of current practices, both improvisational and composed. The topics addressed throughout consider the cultural, institutional, epistemological, philosophical, ethical, and practical aspects of the discipline, as well as the influence of race, gender, and politics. The book is structured in three parts: first, on topics related to improvisation, theory and history; second, on institutional and pedagogical positions; and third, on methodical approaches in four specific research projects conducted by the authors.

    In thinking outside established theoretical frameworks, this book invites further exploration and participation, and encourages practitioners, scholars, students, and teachers at all academic levels to shape the future of artistic research collectively. It will be of interest to students in jazz and popular music studies, performance studies, improvisation studies, music philosophy, music aesthetics, and Western art music research.

    Artistic Research in Jazz: An Introduction

    Michael Kahr

    Part I: Improvisation, Theory, and History

    1. Improvising Artistic Research

    Marcel Cobussen

    2. Improvising Touch: Musical Improvisation Considered as a Tactile Practice

    Vincent Meelberg

    3. Mapping Jazz’s Affect: Implications for Music Theory and Analysis

    Chris Stover

    4. Artistic Research in Jazz: Historical Contexts

    Michael Kahr

    Part II: Institutional and Pedagogical Considerations

    5. Wordplay: Negotiating the Conservatory ‘Culture Clash’

    Petter Frost Fadnes

    6. The Lessons of Jazz: What We Teach When We Teach Jazz in College

    Tracy McMullen

    7. It Don’t Mean a Thing Without My Web Fan Base Thing: A Dance of Cultural Relevancy in Jazz Education Culture Today

    William C. Banfield

    Part III: Specific Projects

    8. Silent Groove, Frames and Applied Improvisation in Miles Davis’ "Shhh/Peaceful" and austraLYSIS’ "Silent Waves": Practice-led Research Beckons to Research-led Practice

    Roger T. Dean

    9. Analysis and Observations of Pre-learnt and Idiosyncratic Elements in Improvisation: A Methodology for Artistic Research in Jazz

    Robert L. Burke

    10. Articulating Musical Practice and Research: Notes on a South African Recording Project

    Marc Duby

    11. Embodied Hope: An Empathically Creative Approach to Contemporary Jazz

    Andrew Bain


    Michael Kahr is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Jazz at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria as well as Dean of Music Faculty and Head of Master Studies at the Jam Music Lab University in Vienna, Austria.