Category Archives: Darmstadt Jazzforum

2007: Encounters … The World meets Jazz

JFProgrammlogo_2007The 10th Darmstadt Jazzforum from October 4th to 7th, 2007 centered on the subject “Encounters – The World Meets Jazz”. The subject matter was not so much “world music” but rather the fact that jazz was a productive music from the beginning. We were aware, that musicians all over the world who took up jazz had to know and respect its roots as African-American music as well as had to contribute some of their own traditions. The Darmstadt Jazzforum discussed this productive discourse of traditions, the fact that jazz has been influenced by music traditions from all over the globe, from countries and regions in which the jazz tradition meanwhile has been accepted as their own tradition. We planned to discuss such convergences, adaptions or adoptions and will look at ideas which come from ethnic musical genres but so excellently work within the jazz context that it’s difficult to place the results in any of the existing genres. It’s not “world music” and it’s not mainstream jazz either. It’s a creative exchange of ideas which changes jazz.

2009: Albert Mangelsdorff – Tension

programmheftDuring the 11th Darmstadt Jazzforum, a conference dealt with Albert Mangelsdorff, his music, his influence on German jazz history and his role as an integrational figure for German and European jazz. The papers given at the three day conference (Oct 1-3, 2009) not only delved into Mangelsdorff himself, though, but also with German jazz history, with instrumental techniques, with free jazz, with the Frankfurt jazz scene, with the fusion of jazz and rock, with musical communication in an improvised music, with a growing self confidence of European jazz musicians in recent years and with the aesthetic problems and chances of jazz today. The Jazzforum, thus, tried to not just look back but approach the world of today’s jazz as well, which was so strongly influenced by Mangelsdorff’s lifelong musical efforts. The golden thread is perhaps the musical candor, which always shaped Albert Mangelsdorffs aesthetic credo.

The Darmstadt Jazzforum consists of five program parts: (1) an international three day conference, (2) a concert series over more than one week, (3) an exhibition, (4) an evening of rare film footage, and (5) a book documentation of the Jazzforum to be published next year.

The conference from vom 1. to 3. October 2009 will gather musicologists, historians, journalists and scholars from other fields as well as musicians. This year’s speakers include: the musicologist William Bares (Cambridge, USA, Harvard University) talking about the growing assertiveness of European jazz and problems arising from it; the sociologist Silvana Figueroa-Dreher about social order in free jazz improvisation; the art historian René Grohnert (Essen) about poster art in jazz and the graphic designer Günter Kieser; the Journalist Harald Justin (Wien) talking about biographies and autobiographies of jazz musicians (and especially looking at Bruno Paulot’s Albert Mangelsdorff biography); the musicologist Harald Kisiedu (New York, Columbia University) reflecting upon music and politics in the work of Peter Brötzmann; the musicologist Wolfram Knauer (Darmstadt) talking about how German musicians dealt with their national folkloric traditions; the musicologist Kai Lothwesen (Frankfurt) reflecting upon the diversity of today’s European jazz; the musicologist Martin Pfleiderer (Weimar) about vocal expressiveness in instrumental jazz; the journalist Michael Rieth talking about jazz criticism; the historian Rüdiger Ritter (Berlin) with a paper about the Polish pianist Krzysztof Komeda; the journalist Michael Rüsenberg (Köln) explaining “The Making Of” of a lengthy Albert Mangelsdorff film documentary; the journalist, musicologist and lkong-time friend of Mangelsdorff Wolfgang Sandner (Frankfurt) giving a keynopte speech about the trombonist; the musicologist Jürgen Schwab (Hanau) reflecting about the Jazzensemble des Hessischen Rundfunks; and the trombonist Nils Wogram (Zürich) showing trombone techniques and talking about Albert’s influence on trombonists.

The concert series will feature the alto saxophonist Emil Mangelsdorff, Albert’s older brother, in concert with his quartet and in conversation (Sep. 25, 2009); the duo of vibraphonist Wolfgang Schlüter and pianist Boris Netsvetaev in another concert plus conversation event (Sep. 30, 2009); the American trombonist Roswell Rudd in a duo with the pianist Lafayette Harris (Oct. 2, 2009); the German guitar duo of Joe Sachse and Uwe Kropinski; as well as a trio by trombonist Nils Wogram, organist Florian Ross and drummer Dejan Terzic (Oct. 3, 2009).

The concert series lasted from September 25th to October 3rd, 2009; the conference itself took place from October 1st through 3rd, 2009. Participation in the conference was free; concerts and workshop a reasonable admission price was charged.

2011: Jazz. School. Media.

Forum_2011_quadrat_72_webTo this day, jazz belongs among the most creative and inspiring forms of music. The art of improvisation challenges musicians to express themselves spontaneously in a way few other art forms ask for. On the other hand jazz is still being considered a minority music, even though there is hardly any musical genre with more stylistic facets or that has been influential on so many developments within the field of popular music.

Musically then, jazz should be the music of the future even though this music sometimes has its problems reaching its audience which senses reservations about a seemingly difficult-to-understand music. The 12th Darmstadt Jazzforum focuses on different aspects of the mediation of jazz, be it in education in schools or conservatories, in the media or directly between the musicians and their audience.

The conference will be held from September 29th to October 1st, 2011 and feature papers by scholars from the fields of media and communication science, educators, journalists, PR experts but also practical mediators, i.e. musicians and concert promoters. We plan a workshop for educators as well as an online competition for critics.

By grouping these topics the Jazzforum wants to show that the future of jazz is not just a task for educators but should combine all aspects of education, media and especially life performance. The conference and the workshops will be in German without simultaneous translation. Paper suggestions from German speakers or scholars who understand sufficient German to be able to participate in the conference are welcome.

2013: jazz debates / jazz analysis

Click here to open program folderControversies regarding jazz have been as old as the music and fought between fans, private researchers as well as journalists and scholars. Historical, aesthetic, sociological, analytical and discographical approaches have enabled the growing field of jazz research to describe jazz as an expression of 20th century art music still valid in the 21st century.

The Darmstadt Jazzforum is an international conference taking place every other year in Darmstadt, Germany. The 13th edition of the Jazzforum took place from September 26 to 28, 2013 as an event co-organized with the Institute for Jazz Research at the Arts University of Graz. The discussions during the double conference focused on two subjects: “Jazz Debates” (organized by the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt) and “Jazz Analysis: Postbop” (organized by the Institute for Jazz Research).

The double conference focused on some aspects of these aesthetic as well as analytiocal approaches toward jazz. By organizing a joined conference of the two most important research institutions in the field of jazz we wanted to illuminate some facets of current jazz research but also instigate discussions which hopefully will discover connections between the two strands of the conference. The conference languages were English (main language) and German.

All lectures are free of attendance fees. Her you can find all abstracts and biographies in a printable PDF file.

Darmstadt Jazzforum

Ruesenberg, Leur, Whyton, Gennari, Kahr - 13. Darmstädter JazzfThe Darmstadt Jazzforum is an international conference taking place every other year since 1989 and focuses on different topics in each edition. It is an unique mix featuring an international conference, concerts, workshops or exhibitions. Each Jazzforum has been documented in our book series “Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung” (“Darmstadt Contributions to Jazz Research” published by Wolke editors, Hofheim), a book series of sixteen volumes up-to-now which focuses on jazz scholarship and documentation.

The 17th Darmstadt Jazzforum  will take place 30 September  2 October 2021 (about “Roots_Heimat: Wie offen ist der Jazz”).

Previous Darmstadt Jazzforums dealt with subjects as “Darmstädter Jazzforum 89” (1989), “Jazz und Komposition” (1991), “Jazz in Europa” (1993), “Jazz in Deutschland” (1995), “Jazz und Sprache” (jazz and language; 1997), “Duke Ellington und die Folgen” (Duke Ellington and what next; 1999), “Jazz und Gesellschaft” (Jazz and Society; 2001), “Improvisieren…” (2003), “Verrat!!… oder Chance. Der Jazz und sein gespaltenes Verhälnis zur Popmusik” (Treason !!! … or Chance? Jazz and its ambivalent relationship(s) with popular music; 2005), “Begegnungen… The World meets Jazz” (Encounters… The World meets Jazz; 2007), “Spannung | Tension. Albert Mangelsdorff” (2009), “Jazz.Schule.Medien.” (2011), “Jazzdebatten / jazz debates” (2013), “Gender and Identity in Jazz” (2015), “Jazz@100” (2017), “Positionen! Jazz und Politik” (2019)

Please find Darmstadt Jazzforum on Facebook    GENDER_IDENTITY