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Make It New : Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

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ISBN: 9781643150062 Year: Pages: 304 DOI: 10.3998/mpub.11469938 Language: English
Publisher: Lever Press Grant: Lever Press
Subject: Music
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As jazz enters its second century it is reasserting itself as dynamic and relevant. Boston Globe jazz writer and Emerson College professor Bill Beuttler reveals new ways in which jazz is engaging with society through the vivid biographies and music of Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, The Bad Plus, Miguel Zenón, Anat Cohen, Robert Glasper, and Esperanza Spalding. These musicians are freely incorporating other genres of music into jazz—from classical (both western and Indian) to popular (hip-hop, R&B, rock, bluegrass, klezmer, Brazilian choro)—and other art forms as well (literature, film, photography, and other visual arts). This new generation of jazz is increasingly more international and is becoming more open to women as instrumentalists and bandleaders. Contemporary jazz is reasserting itself as a force for social change, prompted by developments such as the Black Lives Matter, #MeToo movements, and the election of Donald Trump.

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Die Wiener Free-Jazz-Avantgarde: Revolution im Hinterzimmer

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ISBN: 9783205772569 Year: Pages: 519 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_474230 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - D 3590
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There are some strange stories heard in Viennese jazz scene. Already in the second half of the 1950s, two art students, who were in touch with painters like Arnulf Rainer, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Ernst Fuchs, experimented with free improvisation – years before this music had a name even in the country of its origin, in the USA. Already in 1961, they did their first official concert – which might be not only the first Austrian free jazz concert, but one of the first performances of this music in whole Europe. While running an own gallery between 1959 and 1965 and hosting the whole Viennese art scene, they continued to develop their music. It wasn’t until 1966 that they had their first Viennese concert as “Masters of Unorthodox Jazz” (MoUJ), and, finally, the year 1969 brought a (modest) breaktrough with a scandalized appearance at the Austrian jazz festival at Vienna Konzerthaus and the release of their first record “Overground” – with cover art by Arnulf Rainer. The art scene remained the main audience until the end of the MoUJ in 1975: There were concerts at the Viennese “Museum of 20th century”, there was a second record with a provocative cover by Franz Ringel. Composers like Kurt Schwertsik and Otto M. Zykan showed interest in this unique free improvised music, Austria’s most famous photographer Franz Hubmann took photos, avantgarde filmmaker Kurt Kren used parts of his MoUJ concert-films for his experimental works. Another group, the “Reform Art Unit” (RAU) led by multi-instrumentalist Fritz Novotny until today, took over the torch. They came out of another non-music scene: the so-called “Freundeskreis” (circle of friends) around writer Rolf Schwendter. Partly in touch with the MoUJ, the RAU developed a completely different style of free improvisation, on the one hand inspired by contemporary Austrian composers (Giselher Smekal, Günther Rabl, Mia Zabelka), on the other hand by oriental music: The debut “Darjeeling” (1970) was recorded with Indian sitar player Ram Chandra Mistry. In later years they became aware of their personal connections to twelve-tone composer Josef Matthias Hauer, filling the term of “Viennese school of improvised music” with sonic contents. This work tries to point out the historic chronology of these two groundbreaking but internationally little known groups a) within the context of Austrian jazz history and b) within the context of European free jazz, which is called the movement of double liberation, due to the fact that many improvisers of the Old World for the first time stopped imitating American musicians and became aware of their own cultural roots. So this book reveals an unusual perspective on Austrian cultural history after 1945.

Klang – Struktur – Konzept

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Book Series: Studien zur Popularmusik ISBN: 9783839409305 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.14361/9783839409305 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Music
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Welche Bedeutung haben musikalische Klangbilder, kompositorische Strukturen und ästhetische Konzepte der Kunstmusik des 20. Jahrhunderts für Free Jazz und Improvisationsmusik? Die Studien in diesem Buch bieten breit gefächerte Einblicke in die kreative Transformation von musikalischen Elementen und analysieren zugrunde liegende Motivationen und deren künstlerische Resultate sowie die sie begleitenden Erläuterungen der Musikkritik. Eine Verbindung verschiedener Analysemethoden erschließt dabei die Relevanz Neuer Musik in improvisatorischen Musikpraktiken und zeigt die divergierenden Perspektiven zwischen künstlerischer Originalität und theoretischer Kanonisierung auf.

Menschliches Handeln als Improvisation

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Book Series: Kultur- und Medientheorie ISBN: 9783839407547 Year: Pages: 238 DOI: 10.14361/9783839407547 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Media and communication
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Improvisieren ist menschlich. Weil das Leben zum Umgang mit dem Unvorhersehbaren herausfordert, ist das Improvisieren eine Kompetenz, die nicht nur in der Kunst, sondern auch im Alltag eine wichtige Rolle spielt. Jedes menschliche Handeln enthält ein Improvisationspotenzial. Wenn diese Annahme richtig ist, dann müsste der Begriff Improvisation ein Kernbegriff kulturwissenschaftlichen Denkens sein - allein: Er ist es nicht, jedenfalls noch nicht. Die Autorinnen und Autoren dieses Buches nähern sich dem Phänomen des Improvisierens aus sozial- und musikwissenschaftlicher Sicht. In fachübergreifender Perspektive fragen sie nach der Bedeutung des Improvisierens in den Bereichen Musik, Tanz und Theater, nach den sozialen Bedingungen und kulturellen Kontexten improvisatorischen Handelns und nach dem Sinn, den Mitglieder anderer Kulturen mit dem Phänomen des Improvisierens verbinden. Mit Beiträgen von Ulrich Bielefeld, Silvana K. Figueroa-Dreher, Oliver Kozlarek, Ronald Kurt, Klaus Näumann, Stefan Orgass, Constanze Rora und Markus Schmidt.

Chapter: Introduction (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780367182984 9780429060595 Year: Pages: 10 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Science (General)
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From the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, jazz was harnessed as America’s "sonic weapon" to promote an image to the world of a free and democratic America. Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and other well-known jazz musicians were sent around the world – including to an array of Communist countries – as "jazz ambassadors" in order to mitigate the negative image associated with domestic racial problems. While many non-Americans embraced the Americanism behind this jazz diplomacy without question, others criticized American domestic and foreign policies while still appreciating jazz – thus jazz, despite its popularity, also became a medium for expressing anti-Americanism. This book examines the development of jazz outside America, including across diverse historical periods and geographies – shedding light on the effectiveness of jazz as an instrument of state power within a global political context.

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