The Jazz Institutes in Graz

Pioneers in Academic Jazz and their Impact on Local Identity

  • Michael Kahr University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz

Abstract

In 1965, the Institute for Jazz at the University of Music and Performing Arts (then the Academy of Music) in Graz started to build a reputation as a pioneer in jazz education in Europe. Upon the establishment of a separate Institute for Jazz Research in 1971, the institution was able to position itself as an academic centre with a focus on both artistic practice and the academic study of jazz; as such, it also inspired other jazz programmes across Central Europe. This article discusses the determining factors and socio-cultural conditions for the development of the Jazz Institutes in Graz and analyses aspects of professionalisation, internationalisation and outreach activities both local and international. The leading personalities in the institution's history are introduced, and their activities from 1965 to 1980 are described. After an overview of the Institute's current state, the article discusses internal and external conflicts and criticism of the Institute's activities, artistic orientation and status. Research for this article was compiled as part of the FWF research project ‘Jazz & the City: Identity of a Capital of Jazz', conducted at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz from 2011 to 2013 under Prof. Dr Franz Kerschbaumer

Autor/innen-Biografie

Michael Kahr, University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz
Michael Kahr currently works as a senior lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Institutes for Jazz and Jazz Research at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Vienna and Sydney. Kahr's work has been published in journals such as Jazzforschung/Jazz Research, Jazz Research Journal, Journal for Artistic Research, Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Folkwang Studien and Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung and as book chapters by Routledge. Kahr has received a Fulbright Scholar Award and the Morroe Berger - Benny Carter Jazz Research Award. As a jazz pianist, he participated as a resident of the JazzAhead programme at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; he has appeared with well-known jazz artists and produced several CDs. His performances and compositions have been heard at jazz festivals, in concert halls and in jazz clubs worldwide.
Veröffentlicht
31-12-2017
Zitationsvorschlag
Kahr, M. (2017). The Jazz Institutes in Graz: Pioneers in Academic Jazz and their Impact on Local Identity. European Journal of Musicology, 16(1), 45-59. https://doi.org/10.5450/ejm.2017.16.5778
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