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Rhythm Changes Conference 2019 Graz

April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019

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The Sixth Rhythm Changes Conference: Jazz Journeys will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria from 11 to 14 April 2019.

Jazz has typically been the music of journeys and mobility. Its history is inseparable from global patterns of migration and changing demographics, as well as new forms of media communication and cultural production. The music speaks as much to dreams of escape as it does to the desire to put down roots; it continually seeks new pathways to meaning, even as it reinforces old boundaries. Jazz Journeys seeks to critically explore how ideas of mobility, movement, travel, exchange, voyaging, border-crossing and odyssey have shaped – and continue to shape – debates about the music’s past and future.

Keynote Speakers : Prof. Jason Stanyek (University of Oxford), and Prof. Marie Buscatto (University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)
Closing Address: Prof. Alan Stanbridge (University of Toronto)

The event will feature academic papers, panels, roundtables, and poster sessions, as well as an exciting programme of performances by students and staff of the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

The IICSI’s Book Reviews Editor for our journal Critical Studies in Improvisation Chris Tonelli, is at The Rhythm Changes Conference: Jazz Journeys ready to answer questions about our open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic, academic journal on improvisation, community, and social practice.

And members of the IICSI research team will be opening and closing the conference! Tomorrow morning Jason Stanyek will deliver the keynote address – The Interhemispheric Life of a Song: ‘Wave’, Bossa Nova, and the Mobilities of Jazz, and on Sunday afternoon Alan Stanbridge will deliver the closing address – Metaphorical Bandwagons: Allegories of Journeying in Jazz.

Visit the Rhythm Changes website for full conference details and schedule.


April 11, 2019
April 14, 2019
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