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Roots_Heimat: Wie offen ist der Jazz?

The 17th Darmstadt Jazzforum which has taken place from September 30 through October 2, 2021, asked about the sometimes unclear relationship between “roots” and “Heimat”, the loaded German word signifying “home”,  “home country”, “home culture” and much more. Roots stands for the African-American origin of jazz that resonates even in the most advanced experiments of contemporary improvisation. Heimat stands for the fact that jazz in particular always demands a cultural and aesthetic self-localization. For some, jazz is a creative practice used globally, but always pointing back to its African-American origins. For others, jazz is something they grew up with, something that allows them to express their own concerns and individual point of view better than most other genres. For many, jazz is both, containing the African-American tradition just as much as the productive freedom to apply this practice outside of its original community connecedness.

All of that is what we wanted to talk about. We continued discussions prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement about the idea of “Europe” which had a lasting influence on aesthetics and ethics, the presentation and the reception of jazz. We ask how a possibly Eurocentric perspective has changed and continues to shape our perception of what jazz stands for, how it connects both to the music’s African American origins and to our own individual cultural environment. Even if our discussions may have started with the name “jazz”, we did look at historical examples of Eurocentric tendencies, and we took into account the current discourse about the relevance of jazz in non-African American communities. We talked about racism in jazz, reflected on how exclusion and different forms of othering are present in today’s jazz scene, and looked at alternate readings of how the example of African American culture has changed and enriched the understanding of music all over the world. We didn’t want to limit the discussion to jazz but also looked at similar debates about Eurocentrism or African-Americanism in contemporary composed music or pop culture.

The Darmstadt Jazzforum is an international conference aimed at a more general than just the scholarly community. We present papers that spur on discussions beyond the limits of jazz research, and we welcome an audience of musicians, journalists, dedicated jazz fans as much as students and scholars from different fields.


Das Darmstädter Jazzforum online

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Friday, 1. October 2021

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Concert, Luise Volkmann + LEONEsauvage

 


The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt organizes the Darmstadt Jazzforum with the support of the City of Sciences Darmstadt. In 2021 it is held in co-operation with HoffART-Theater Darmstadt and the Bessunger Knabenschule. The 17th Darmstadt Jazzforum is funded by the Kulturfonds FrankfurtRhein-Main and by the Hessian Ministery for the Sciences and the Arts. It is presented by Jazzthetik – Zeitschrift für Jazz und anderes.


Summery of the program:

Thursday, 30 September 2021, from 2:00pm

How is cultural identity formed and how is its perception influenced?
On the first day of the 17th Darmstadt Jazzforum conference we will ask how cultural identity is expressed in music or how it is perceived or not perceived in music. Philipp Teriete will talk about the educational canon at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the USA in the late 19th and early 20th century and discuss the influence of this kind of music education on early jazz. Anna-Lisa Malmros discusses the very different identities of Danish-Congolese saxophonist John Tchicai, who has also been identified with the U.S. free jazz scene at least since his participation in some of its most prominent recordings in the 1960s. The following conversation with saxophonist Gabriele Maurer, double bassist Reza Askari, and vocalist Simin Tander [t.b.c.] will also discuss issues of identity, namely present the very personal experiences of artists who have been affected in different ways, by skin color, family background, and/or their artistic engagement with traditions that lie outside their German homeland (moderated by Sophie Emilie Beha). We have titled this panel: “About being a stranger, arriving, yet staying a stranger. Conversation about one’s own experience of identity perception”.


Friday, 1 October 2021, from 09:30am

Cultural appropriation and national self-image (case studies)
In the morning session of the second conference day we will talk about the often very personal process of appropriation of African-American music in Europe. Philipp Schmickl will present the example of the Austrian Hans Falb, who met African-American trumpeter Clifford Thornton in Paris in 1978 and then planned concerts for and with Thornton in his hometown in eastern Austria, which eventually resulted in an internationally acclaimed festival. He questions the motivations behind Falb’s curatorial activity and relates them to Thornton’s views on music and politics of the time. Ádám Havas refers to a 2002 statement by Bruce Johnson (“Jazz was not simply ‘invented’ and then exported. It was invented in the process of its own dissemination”) and applies it to the reception of jazz in Hungary, which has been very consciously drawing on cultural practices of Roma musicians living in Hungary. Finally, Niklaus Troxler, whose posters are the subject of a special exhibition at the Jazzinstitut, will talk about his own path to jazz, as a fan, as the founder and longtime organizer of the Willisau Jazz Festival, with which he was able to bring many of the musicians to Switzerland whose music he adored, and as an internationally renowned graphic artist.

Friday, 1 October 2021, from 2:00pm

“Us” and “the others”
The much-postulated “emancipation” of European jazz in the 1950s and 1960s from U.S. (and thus especially African-American) models often led to an attitude of “we have to do something of our own,” which – mostly unconsciously rather than consciously – led to the perception that jazz produced by European musicians had become something quite different from what was happening in the United States. Harald Kisiedu questions these perceptions, discusses the important Afro-Diasporic contributions to European experimental jazz and the admiration of African-American heroes that has always existed in the jazz scene, as examples for cultural creolization. Timo Vollbrecht has long been active as a saxophonist on the New York music scene, and also tours Germany and Europe with different bands. He has asked fellow musicians about their experiences with “social othering” and the exoticization of their person/art/music and, based on this, discusses possible strategies for each artist to achieve social justice in the music community. Trumpeter Stephan Meinberg asks about how to deal with one’s own privileges as a person perceived as “white” who as a professional, e.g. practicing musician furthermore works mostly with African-American music. In a roundtable with guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, concert promoter Kornelia Vossebein and cultural activists Joana Tischkau and Frieder Blume, we will finally discuss what is needed to contribute not only to a change in consciousness, but also to a different representation of musicians on stage (moderator: Sophie Emilie Beha). We have optimistically titled this panel: “Get to work: change reality!!!”


Saturday, 2 October 2021, from 09:30am

Of folks and people (case studies)
Identity is on the one hand something very personal, but on the other hand it is often perceived differently from the outside than by oneself. This is the subject of the morning session of the third conference day, which collects some very specific, yet quite different examples . Nico Thom talks about Bill Ramsey, the white U.S. American who (in addition to a career in German “Schlager”) was celebrated in the German jazz scene of the 1950s as the “man with the black voice”, discussing aspects of the “Americanization of Europe, in which ‘postwar Western European societies actively participated in Americanization with strategic self-interests and skillful appropriation strategies.'” Focusing on a concert at Deutsches Jazz Festival in 1978, in which saxophonist Heinz Sauer shared the stage with Archie Shepp and George Adams, Peter Kemper examines the developmental of both Shepp’s and Sauer’s musical approaches and asks about aesthetic qualities of jazz that may transcend ethnic, geographical and national identities. Like an introduction to the afternoon session, Vincent Bababoutilabo emphasizes the need for perspectives critical of racism in music education today and in this country (Germany).

Saturday, 2 October 2021, from 02:00pm

How we view the world
Each of us is responsible for our own perspective. Perspectives, however, are not a default, they can be changed. The last afternoon of the Jazzforum is about such changes of perspective. We start the afternoon with a presentation by Berlin-based musicians Sanni Lötzsch and Jo Wespel. They will introduce their concept FESTIVAL BOOST NOW!, which is meant to be a call for self-empowerment of musicians on the one hand and for the creation of “fundamental openness” within all culture communities on the other. Their radical concept demands an approach towards queerfeminist, intersectional, anti-rassist, and interdisciplinary teamwork  within the artistic process, as well as the re-formation of cultural structures. With their “Meta-Community” they not only develop multiperspective event formats, but also create holistic “Realutopien” (real world utopias), as they call it. Saxophonist Luise Volkmann received the Kathrin-Preis awarded by the Jazzinstitut in April 2021, which came with a week-long residency in Darmstadt, during which she conducted research on Sun Ra, the African diaspora, the Black Atlantic, the socio-musical and political influence of music. At the same time, she met for the first time with the musicians of her latest LEONEsauvage band, which will be heard on Friday evening at the Darmstadt Jazzforum, and discussed with them subjects such as the African-American diaspora and how we as Europeans deal with it. In her own contribution and then in conversation with singer-songwriter Ella O’Brien-Coker, Volkmann will discuss aspects of rituality, our many identities and performative speech. In the concluding panel, we ask what influence our own and others’ views have on our dialogue with “the world”. We have invited Constanze Schliebs, who has many years of experience as a booking agent in Germany and abroad and has also been active as a curator and festival founder in China, Sophie-Therese Hueber from the music department of the Goethe-Institut, and Sylvia Freydank from Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Summer Courses for New Music), institutions where similar discussions have been going on for some time (moderator: Sophie Emilie Beha). And we ask somewhat provocatively, “Do we actually just export music or also our worldview?”


Concert:
On Friday evening, 1 October 2021, Luise Volkmann and LEONE sauvage at Bessunger Knabenschule. (more…)


Exhibition:
From 4 October 2021 the gallery of the Jazzinstitut shows the exhibition “Jazz Stories in Red and Blue” with posters created by Swiss artist and jazz promoter Niklaus Troxler. Some posters will be shown at the conference venue during the Jazzforum. (more…)

If you have any further questions, fee free to write us at jazz@jazzinstitut.de


Das 17. Darmstädter Jazzforum wird gefördert von 

Darmstadt Studies in Jazz Research

Ekkehard Jost (Hg.): Darmstädter Jazzforum 89. Beiträge zur Jazzforschung

Hofheim 1990 (Wolke Verlag), 237 Seiten, ISBN 3-923997-40-X, 19 €

1989_darmstaedter-jazzforumThe first Darmstädter Jazzforum took place in desember 1989, where jazz researchers from Germany met to an informative symposion without any specific emphasis on a certain subject.

The book is in German and can be ordered directly from the the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

Essays:

  • Bert Noglik: Improvisierte Musik in der Folge des Free Jazz
  • Jürg Solothurnmann: Die aktuelle Situation des Jazz und der improvisierten Musik
  • Hans Kumpf: Sowjetischer Jazz
  • Klaus Scheuer: Zur Improvisationsweise Bix Beiderbeckes
  • Wolfram Knauer: Die Entwicklung des Jazz zwischen Bebop und Free Jazz
  • Ekkehard Jost: Cecil Taylor – Solo
  • Günter Sommer: Die Jazzszene in der DDR
  • Dieter Glawischnig: Eine Gemeinschaftsproduktion mit Ernst Jandl
  • Bernd Konrad: Probleme der Jazzpädagogik
  • Ludolf Kuchenbuch: “Notation” im Amateurjazz der 60er und 70er Jahre
  • Wolfgang Schickhaus: Das Phänomen Swing
  • Peter Niklas Wilson: Syntax und Ästhetik der Musik Ornette Colemans
  • Herbert Hellhund: Einige Strukturprinzipien improvisierter Avantgardemusik

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Jazz und Komposition. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 2

Hofheim 1992 (Wolke Verlag), 225 Seiten, ISBN 3-923997-41-8, 19 €

1991_jazz-und-kompositionThe second Darmstädter Jazzforum treated different concepts of composing in jazz music.

The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • J. Bradford Robinson: “Jazz”-Rezeption in der Weimarer Periode
  • Hans Ulrich Engelmann: Hans Ulrich Engelmann und der Jazz
  • Lutz Neitzert: Über das problematische Verhältnis der bürgerlichen Musikkultur zu improvisierter Musik
  • Gerhard Putschögl: John Coltrane. Strukturelle Organisation als orale Komposition
  • Wolfram Knauer: Charles Mingus. Jazzkomposition nach Ellington
  • Peter Niklas Wilson: Musikalische Systemphilosophie nach ihrem Ende. Anthony Braxtons musikalische Metaphysik
  • Ekkehard Jost: Typen jazzmusikalischer Komposition
  • Ran Blake: Third Stream – Vorrang des Ohrs
  • Hermann Keller: Komplexe Vorgänge – einfache Grundlagen. Was vom kompositorischen Handwerk in meine Improvisationen eingeht
  • Ulrich Kurth: Zur Rolle der Streichinstrumente. Kompositionen von Tony Oxley, Peter Herborn und Mark Dresser
  • Bert Noglik: Komposition und Improvisation. Anmerkungen zu einem spannungsreichen Verhältnis

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Jazz in Europa. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 3

Hofheim 1994 (Wolke Verlag), 261 Seiten, ISBN 3-923997-42-6, 19 €

1993_jazz-in-europaThe 3rd Darmstädter Jazzforum tried an overview on jazz history in different European countries.

The book is in German and can be ordered directly from the the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

Essays:

  • Marko Paysan: Transatlantic Rhythm. Jazzkontakte zwischen Deutschland und den USA vor 1945
  • Erik Wiedemann: Jazz in Dänemark 1933 bis 1945
  • Kees Wouters: Von den Wandervögeln zum Wanderers Hotclub
  • Theo Mäusli: Jazz und Geistige Landesverteidigun. Zur Rezeption des Jazz in der Schweiz der Jahre 1933 bis 1945
  • Walter Ojakäär: Jazz in Estland. Hoffnungen und Wirklichkeit
  • Virgil Mihaiu: Entwicklung und Probleme des Jazz in Rumänien 1965 bis 1993
  • Lubomir Doruzka: Jazz in der Tschechoslowakei 1945 bis 1993
  • Bert Noglik: Osteuropäischer Jazz im Umbruch der Verhältnisse. Vom Wandel der Sinne im Prozeß gesellschaftlicher Veränderungen
  • Misha Mengelberg: Misha Mengelberg spricht über seine Musik
  • Wolfram Knauer: “Musicianer”, oder: Der Jazzmusiker als Musikant. Anmerkungen zum Verhältnis von Jazz und Folklore
  • Jürg Solothurnmann: Die Alpine Jazz Herd. Zeitgenössischer Jazz und natonale Folklore, paßt das zusammen?
  • Erik Kjellberg: “Old Folklore in Swedish Modern”. Zum Thema Volksmusik und Jazz in Schweden
  • Ekkehard Jost: Über das Europäische im europäischen Jazz

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Jazz in Deutschland. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 4

Hofheim 1996 (Wolke Verlag), 287 Seiten, ISBN 3-923997-70-1, 19 €

1995_jazz-in-deutschlandThe 4th Darmstädter Jazzforum discussed the history of jazz in Germany from the early 1930ies until the present.

The book is in German and can be ordered directly from the the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

Essays:

  • Horst Bergmeier & Rainer Lotz: Charlie and his Orchestra. Ein obskures Kapitel der deutschen Jazzgeschichte
  • Guido Fackler: Jazz im KZ. Ein Forschungsbericht
  • Bernd Hoffmann: Die “Mitteilungen”. Anmerkungen zu einer “verbotenen Fanpostille”; Die “Mitteilungen (Reproduktion)
  • Wolfram Knauer: Emanzipation wovon? Zum Verhältnis des amerikanischen und des deutschen Jazz in den 50er und 60er Jahren
  • Musikergespräch mit Michael Naura: Es war ein lustiges Völkchen
  • Komponistengespräch mit Klaus König: Reviews (A Revue for Frank Zappa)
  • Bert Noglik: Hürdenlauf zum freien Spiel. Ein Rückblick auf den Jazz der DDR
  • Ernst Ludwig Pettrowsky & Uschi Brüning: Gednaken eines Menschen aus Güstrow, der zwischen Nazi-Märschen, Stalin-Panzern und FDJ-Liedern der Faszination des Jazz erlag
  • Ulrich Kurth: “Kurze Geschichten”. Die 90er Jahre
  • Joachim Ernst Berendt: Wandel und Widerstand

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Jazz und Sprache, Sprache und Jazz. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 5

Hofheim 1998 (Wolke Verlag), 189 Seiten, ISBN 3-923997-79-5, 19 €

1997_jazz-und-spracheThe 5th Darmstädter Jazzforum in October 1997 discussed the influence of jazz in literature and vice versa.  It also reflected on the influence of language and critical writing on the general perception of jazz music.

The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • Wolfram Knauer: Jazz – Sprache – Lyrik – Kritik. Einige grundsätzliche Anmerkungen
  • Stephan Richter: Magic Books and a Jam Session. Das Spannungsfeld von Literatur, Literaturtheorie und Jazz
  • Heinz Steinert: “… und in dem allen ist der Gestus von Musik der Stimme entlehnt, die redet.” Über das komplexe Arbeitsbündnis des Genres “Jazz und Lyrik”
  • Ernst Jandl & Dieter Glawischnig: ….. ‘texte und Jazz’ …..
  • Mike Westbrook: The Westbrook Song Book
  • Ekkehard Jost: Zum Sprachcharakter von Musik im allgemeinen und Jazz im speziellen
  • Hans Ulrich Engelmann: Zur szenischen Kantate “Die Mauer”
  • Wolfram Knauer: From Ellington to Malcolm X. Vom Umgang mit Texten/Libretti im Jazz
  • George Gruntz: Jazz – Was für ein Theater?
  • Christian Broecking: Viel Lärm um große Worte. Auch fiese Sätze können swingen. Wynton Marsalis und die Verbalisierung des Jazz in den 90er Jahren

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Duke Ellington und die Folgen. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 6

Hofheim 2000 (Wolke Verlag), 276 Seiten, ISBN 3-923997-91-4, 19 €

1999_duke-ellingtonThe 6th Darmstädter Jazzforum was dedicated to a single musician. On the occassion of Duke Ellingtons centenary,  lectures and panels in September 1999 concentrated on the music of this overall pianist and composer.

The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • Wolfram Knauer: “Each Man Prays In His Own Language…” Duke Ellington und seine Welt
  • Wolfram Knauer: “Reminiscing in Tempo”. Tradition und musikästhetische Ideale in Ellingtons kompositorischem OEuvre
  • Bernd Hoffmann: “Zugunsten der deutschen Jugend”. Zur Rezeption afro-amerikanischer Musik in der Nachkriegszeit
  • Peter Niklas Wilson: “Money Jungle”. Fäden eines Beziehungsnetzes
  • Ekkehard Jost: “Open Letter to Duke”. Was Charles Mingus an Duke Ellington schrieb
  • Franz Krieger: “Piano in the Foreground?”. Zum Klavierstil Duke Ellingtons
  • Günter Lenz: “Die kulturelle Dynamik der afroamerikanischen Musik”. Duke Ellingtons Kulturbegriff und seine Bedeutung in der afro-amerikanischen Literatur
  • Bill Dobbins: “Mood Indigo”. Die harmonische Sprache Duke Ellingtons
  • Walter van de Leur: “Scores of Scores”. Einige Anmerkungen zu Manuscripten der Billy-Strayhorn- und Duke-Ellington-Sammlungen in den USA
  • Martin Pfleiderer: “Far East of the Blues”. Ellington und Weltmusik

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Jazz und Gesellschaft. Sozialgeschichtliche Aspekte des Jazz. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 7

Hofheim 2002 (Wolke Verlag), 304 Seiten, ISBN 3-936000-01-8, 19 €

2003_jazz-und-gesellschaftTwo week after 9/11, in Septembver 2001, the 7th Darmstädter Jazzforum discussed the social impact and the sociological relevance of jazz in the US and abroad in the 20th century, and beyond.

The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • Ralf-Peter Fuchs: Neue Menschen und Kultur der Moderne. Der Jazz und sein Publikum in der deutschen Nachkriegspresse 1945 – 1953
  • Christian Broecking: Adorno versus Berendt revisited. Was bleibt von der Kontroverse im Merkur 1953?
  • Tobias Richtsteig: Jazz und Zahlen. www.jazzpublikum.de – Sozialpsychologische Basisdaten im Zeitvergleich. Ein Forschungsbericht
  • Wolfram Knauer: “Wegweiser Jazz“. Anmerkungen zum Zustand der deutschen Jazzszene
  • Heinz Steinert: Musik und Lebensweise. Warum und wie sich Jazz-Musik eignet, eine soziale Position zu markieren
  • Wolfgang Sandner: Verbaler Impressionismus, wohlmeinende Apologie. Probleme der Jazzkritik
  • Ursel Schlicht: Individuelle Musik auf Jazzbasis. Arbeitsbedingungen und Ausdrucksformen von Musikerinnen in Hamburg und New York
  • Lewis A. Erenberg: Swing Left. Linke Politik und Bigband-Jazz in der Zeit des New-Deal
  • Ingrid Monson: Über Jazz, Geschichte und soziale Theorie. Theoretische Hintergründe der “Freedom Sounds“
  • George E. Lewis: “Gittin’ to know y’all“. Von improvisierter Musik, vom Treffen der Kulturen und von der “racial imagination“
  • Mike Heffley: Vom Anarchischen zum Archaischen. Zur Theorie der freienImprovisation
  • Peter Niklas Wilson: Von der sozialen Irrelevanz improvisierter Musik
  • Ekkehard Jost: Reflexionen über die Soziologie des Jazz

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): improvisieren… Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 8

Hofheim 2004 (Wolke Verlag), 248 Seiten, ISBN 3-936000-02-6, 19,- €

2001_improvisierenThe 8th Darmstädter Jazzforum discussed different approaches of improvisation and why jazz without improvisation is no jazz.

The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • Wolfram Knauer: Noodlin’ and Doodlin’ and Playin’ Around…Zum sich wandelnden Selbstverständnis des Jazz als improvisierter Musik
  • Lawrence Gushee: Improvisation im frühen Jazz
  • Martin Pfleiderer: Improvisieren – ästhetische Mythen und psychologische Einsichten
  • Thomas Mießgang: Die Kunst des Spontanen. Kann ein Bild improvisiert werden? Über Free Jazz, automatische Saxophone, Jack the Dripper, Materialaktionen und letzte Lockerungen
  • Christopher Dell: Möglicherweise Improvisation
  • George E. Lewis: “Voyager“ … Improvisieren mit dem Computer
  • Ekkehard Jost: Notizen zur Improvisation
  • Joachim Kühn und Bert Noglik im Gespräch: Improvisation und musikalische Realität
  • Paul F. Steinhardt: between the lines. Die verwunderliche Verbindung von Geld und Musik
  • Michael Rüsenberg: Improvisation als Modell wirtschaftlichen Handelns. Eine Erkundung
  • Peter Niklas Wilson: Neue Paradigmen in der improvisierten Musik

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Jazz goes Pop goes Jazz. Der Jazz und sein gespaltenes Verhältnis zur Popularmusik. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 9
Hofheim 2006 (Wolke Verlag), 284 Seiten, ISBN: 3-936000-03-4; 22 €

2005_jazz-goes-popThe 9th Darmstädter Jazzforum focussed on the different aspects of the tense relationship between pop and jazz music. It tried to clarify such basic questions like “What makes music popular?”, “When did pop music and jazz seperate?”. Participants of the conference also explained economic aspects, musical trends and esthetic conflicts.

The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • Martin Pfleiderer: Was macht Musik populär? Überlegungen zur (Un-)Popularität im Jazz und anderswo
  • Andrew Hurley: Joachim Ernst Berendt – Jazz, U-Musik, Pop-Jazz und die Ambivalenz (1950-1970)
  • Fabian Holt: Not a Silent Way. Populäre Musik und Jazzmodernismus nach Elvis
  • Wolfram Knauer: Healing Force of the Universe? Warum der Free Jazz zahm wurde
  • Jürgen Schwab: New Standards – Die (gar nicht mal so) neue Lust am Covern im Jazz
  • Frithjof Strauß: Zwischen Mystizismus und Funktionalismus. Zur Popularität des Jazz aus Skandinavien
  • Doris Schröder: Bunte Musik. Die Jazzbilder Tony Munzlingers zwischen Karikatur, Popart und Gebrauchskunst
  • Roundtable zu Aspekten der Produktion und Vermarktung von Jazz mit Veit Bremme, Bodo Jacoby, Harald Justin, Reiner Michalke und Olaf Schönborn
  • Peter Kemper: Wer wär nicht gern ein Global Player? – Über die orthodoxe und paradoxe Annäherung von Jazz und Pop
  • Colin Towns: Musik für Herz, Kopf und Füße. Die unterschiedlichen musikalischen Seiten des Colin Towns
  • Wolfram Knauer: Die Wissenschaft vom Rhythmus. DJ Spooky, der Philosoph der Plattenleger, erklärt die DJ-Kunst
  • Andreas Felber: Alter Greis auf der Suche nach neuer Jugend? Anmerkungen zur neuen Offenheit zwischen Jazz und populärer Musik in den 90er- und 00er-Jahren
  • Diedrich Diederichsen: Jazz als Concept-Art

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Begegnungen. The World Meets Jazz. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 10
Hofheim 2008 (Wolke Verlag), 320 Seiten, ISBN: 3-936000-04-7; 24 €

2007_begegnungen-the-worldThe volume contains the lectures of the 10th Darmstädter Jazzforum. The concference discussed the affinity of so called ethnic “world music” and jazz music over the decades and the musical and creative exchange that accompanied jazz music constantly. The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • Andrew W. Hurley: But Did the World Meet Jazz? Ein Blick hinter Joachim Ernst Berendts Plattenreihe”Jazz Meets the World”
  • Martin Pfleiderer: The World Meets Jazz. Zur Ästhetik des Jazz im Zeitalter der Globalisierung
  • Maximilian Hendler: Jazz oder nicht Jazz? Rollenpolyphonie und ihr Vorkommen auch außerhalb des Jazz
  • Torsten Eßer: Jazz in Lateinamerika – Eine periphere Erscheinung?
  • Wolfram Knauer: Blowin’ Up a (European) Storm. Eine Annäherung an die Personalstile von Harry Beckett, Tomasz Stanko und Enrico Rava
  • Gerhard Putschögl: Flamenco Jazz
  • Timothy R. Mangin: Cosmopolitan Roots. Jazz im Senegal
  • Gerhard Kubik: Referentielle Elementarpulsationen. Bemerkungen zur konzeptuellen Welt unseres Jazz aus dem südlichen Afrika
  • Günther Huesmann: John Zorn und der japanische Traditionsbegriff
  • Ralf Dombrowski: Das Originale und das Originelle. Techniken kultureller Aneignung am Beispiel des Oriental Jazz
  • Gilad Atzmon: Jazz und Jihad. Ein (Bird-)Fundamentalist erklärt seine Sicht des Jazz
  • Karl Berger: Skizzen weltmusikalischer Erfahrungen
  • Harald Justin: Jazz und World Music im Fadenkreuz des Kulturkampfes

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): Albert Mangelsdorff. Tension | Spannung. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Bd. 11
Hofheim 2010 (Wolke Verlag), 320 Seiten, ISBN: 078-3-936000-05-4; 27,- €

2009_albert-mangelsdorffThis volume contains lectures of the 11th Darmstädter Jazzforums in October 2009. It examines different facetts in the work of the famous German trombonist, looks at his musical and esthetic influence on other trombonists of his age, as well as on latest developments in German jazz. It alway follows the “leitmotiv” which Albert Mangelsdorff encorporated most, musical open-mindness. The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Essays:

  • Wolfgang Sandner: Ein Prototyp und Sonderfall: Albert Mangelsdorff, Jazzmusiker in Deutschland
  • Rüdiger Ritter: Jazz-Musiker als „Gründungsväter“ für nationale Jazzszenen? Krzysztof Komeda und der polnische Jazz
  • René Grohnert: Bilder zur Musik. Jazzplakate (von Günther Kieser und Niklaus Troxler) zwischen Ankündigung und Erinnerung
  • Wolfram Knauer: Es sungen drei Engel. Zum Umgang von Jazzmusikern mit deutscher Musiktradition
  • Martin Pfleiderer: Singin’ the Blues. Vokale Expressivität im instrumentalen Jazz
  • Kai Stefan Lothwesen: Emanzipation, Jazz-Dissidenten und Paradigmenwechsel. Anmerkungen zur Diversität des europäischen Jazz
  • Harald Kisiedu: „European Freedom“. Zum Verhältnis von Musik und Politik bei Peter Brötzmann
  • William Bares: Play Your Own Thing „Our“ Thing: „Young German Jazz“ und die deutsche Jazzidentität
  • Silvana K. Figueroa-Dreher: Was kann die Soziologie vom Free Jazz lernen?
  • Harald Justin: Jenseits des Skandals. Albert Mangelsdorff: Autobiographisches Erzählen im Kontext (und mögliche Paradigmenwechsel im deutschen Jazz)
  • Michael Rieth: Goethe und der Blues, Kropotkin und die Krone, Albert und die Anarchie
  • Jürgen Schwab: „50 Jahre institutionalisierte Subkultur“. Das hr-Jazzensemble, eine Bestandsaufnahme
  • Michael Rüsenberg: „Ein musikalisches Zwiegespräch zwischen dem weltberühmten Posaunisten und dem unbekannten Wal“. Anmerkungen zu Albert Mangelsdorff

Wolfram Knauer (Hg.): JAZZ.SCHULE.MEDIEN. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Band 12
Hofheim 2012 (Wolke Verlag), 256 pp, ISBN: 978-3-936000-92-4; 24,- €

2011_jazz-schule-medienThis volume contains essays of the lectures held during the 12th Darmstädter Jazzforum in September 2011, which was dedicated to a wider theoretical debate about knowledge-sharing and teaching jazz at school and in the media. The publication intends  to involve readers in a discussion how jazz reaches a wider public recognition in the future without deforming its character as an unique artform or even loose its creative freedom. The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher.

Beiträge:

  • Walter Turkenburg: Jazzpädagogik in Europa . Straße und Schule
  • Joe Viera: Jazzpädagogik. Zur Geschichte in Deutschland nach 1945. Aufgaben – Methoden – Zukunft
  • Siegried Busch: Jazz für Lehrer
  • Bert Gerhardt: Jazz in der Schule – nur was für die Elite?
  • Jürgen Terhag: Jazz als Basis der musikpädagogischen Arbeit mit Populärer Musik. Wege aus dem Ghetto
  • Günter B. Schmidt und Cordula Groß: Black Music als Teil der Schulsozialarbeit
  • Daphne Lipp und Sascha Wild: Jazz und improvisierte Musik in der Schule.! Eine Förderausschreibung der Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main
  • Olaf Stötzler und Jochen Stolla: Vermittlung durch Begegnung. Jugendprojekte der hr-Bigband. Bedingungen und Chancen musikalischer Bildung durch eine Rundfunk-Bigband
  • Wolfram Knauer: jazzwissen.de. Online-Modul als Hilfe zur Vermittlung von Jazz im Schulunterricht
  • Michael Rüsenberg: “Amylgada: das Jazz-Zentrum im Gehirn”. Eine Exkursion zu den Neurowissenschaften
  • Elena Ungeheuer: Herausforderungen der Musikvermittlung heute
  • Bernd Hoffmann: Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand. Präsentationen des Jazz in deutschsprachigen Medien
  • Hans-Jürgen Linke: Alltagsraunen. Über inhaltliche FRagen, Jazz in der Tagespresse, Feulleton-Betrieb und andere langsam veraltende Probleme
  • Reinhard Köchl: Jazzjournalismus heute: Ohne Anzeige keine Zeile?
  • Nils Wülker: Über dem Publikum muss die Sonne aufgehen
  • Roundtable Jazzjournalismus: Reporter, Kritiker, Vermittler
  • Arndt Weidler: PSSST! … und wenn das Jazzpublikum schuld daran ist, dass so wenig Publikum zu Jazzkonzerten kommt?!
  • Roundtable Musiker: Das Publikum: Amorphe Masse oder Energiespender?

Wolfram Knauer (ed./Hg.): Jazz Debates / Jazzdebatten, Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung Bd. 13
Wolke Verlag (Hofheim), 2014, English and German, 224 pp., Photos, Paperback, € 24,-, ISBN: 978-3-95593-013-4

2013_debattenDebates in jazz history are aesthetic marks which reflect discourses about the directions the music might take. In September 2013 experts from Europe and the USA met at the Darmstadt Jazzforum to discuss how such debates inform the perception of jazz to this day. The essays in this book focus on the effects of jazz debates on the aesthetic opinion. They examine historical as well as current debates within the German jazz scene. They discuss the gender debate in jazz, asking how an ideal of masculinity influences both the music and its reception as well as where in the jazz discourses one might find room for women and the LGBT community. Finally, they focus on the latest debate about the term “jazz” itself, touching questions about both historical and aesthetic ownership of music.

Beiträge and essays:

  • Jürgen Arndt: Schlager, Jazz und Argumente: 1953 und 60 Jahre danach oder: Als der Jazz seine Stimme verlor
  • Siegfried Schmidt-Joos: Jazzpapst Revisited. Rückblick auf einen Konflikt
  • Martin Pfleiderer / Wolf-Georg Zaddach: Der gegenwärtige Jazzdiskurs in Deutschland. Versuch einer empirischen Rekonstruktion anhand von Jazzzeitschriften
  • John Gennari:  Remapping the Boundaries of Jazz: The Case of Jason Moran
  • Peter Elsdon: The Potential of the Jazz Record
  • Nichole Rustin-Paschal: Self Portrait: On Emotion and Experience As Useful Categories of Gender Analysis in Jazz History
  • John Gill: Miles in the Sky: Dismantling the glass closet in jazz
  • Tony Whyton: Crosscurrents: the cultural dynamics of jazz
  • Christian Broecking: Not Black enough? Debating jazz in the post-blackness time space
  • Wolfram Knauer “Jazz” or not “Jazz”. From Word to Non-Word and Back

Wolfram Knauer (ed./Hg.): Gender and Identity in Jazz, Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung Bd. 14
Wolke Verlag (Hofheim), 2016, English and German, 308 pp., Photos, Paperback, € 28,-, ISBN: 978-3-95593-014-1

2016knauerThe 14th Darmstadt Jazzforum held in October 2015 focused on different aspects of identity in jazz. The participants talked about the perception of female instrumentalists, about “male” or “female” sound, about homosexuality, about references to the body as well as about the denial of the erotic element in music, about Jutta Hipp, Ivy Benson, Clare Fischer, Sun Ra and others. The conference participants looked at jazz history, but they self-confidently also looked at the jazz scene of today. They discussed how common prejudices can be overcome and how to describe the gender discourse of the 21st century. It is perfectly clear that the view of jazz musicians and their art may be distorted if we reduce them to any parts of their identity, be it their gender, their sexual orientation, their ethnicity, or anything else. However, to ignore these facets, be it in jazz history or today”s jazz scene, is a proof of neglect as well. With this publication we hope to contribute to a discourse which is and remains important in our changing modern world.

Essays:

  • Wolfram Knauer: Clash of Identities
  • Mario Dunkel: Sexuality, Eroticism, and the Construction of the Jazz Tradition
  • Katherine Williams: “Alright for a Girl”, and Other Jazz Myths
  • Michael Kahr: Chromaticism and Identity in the Music of Clare Fischer
  • Yoko Suzuki: Gendering Musical Sound in Jazz Saxophone Performance
  • Ilona Haberkamp: Hipp Style or Adaption?
  • Martin Niederauer: Male Hegemony in Jazz – Trying to Understand One Important Element of Jazz’s Gender Relations
  • Joy Ellis and Adam Osmianski: Women and the Jazz Jam
  • Christopher Dennison: One-Armed Ball Players: The Language of Homophobia in Jazz
  • Jenna Bailey: “Play Like a Man and Look Like a Woman”, Exploring the Role of Gender in Ivy Benson’s All Girl Band
  • Ilka Siedenburg: Bigbandklassen: Ein Weg zur musikalischen Praxis jenseits von Geschlechterstereotypen?
  • Mane Stelzer: „Für uns war es fremde Musik“, Wie junge Instrumentalistinnen zum Jazz finden (oder auch nicht)
  • Nicole Johänntgen: SOFIA und mehr, Eine persönliche Annäherung an ein Frauen-Musikprojekt
  • Sherrie Tucker: A Conundrum is a Woman-in-Jazz: Enduring Improvisations on the Categorical Exclusions of Being Included
  • John Murph: Exploring Queer Notions Inside Sun Ra’s Outer Space Ways
  • Christian Broecking: “Authentic Lesbian As I Am”, Aspects of Gender, Marginalization and Political Protest in the Life and Work of Irène Schweizer
  • Nicolas Pillai: Watching Men Play. The Erotics of the Hollywood Jazz Film

Wolfram Knauer (ed./Hg.): Jazz@100. An alternative to a story of heroes. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung Bd. 15
Wolke Verlag (Hofheim), 2018, English, 296 pp., Photos, Paperback, € 28,-, ISBN: 978-3-95593-015-8

In the centenary of jazz ­the Darmstadt Jazzforum conference in 2017 looked at the pitfalls of jazz historiography, which often relies on myths and legends that distort what is even more important: the multi-perspectivity of a music which is being created not only by great masters, but certainly by many individualists. The fifteen essays in this book try to shift our perspectives on people, places and styles. They focus on what we think we know about jazz in order to question the same knowledge and make us aware both of the ways in which our understanding of the music, its history and its aesthetic has been shaped, and of how that understanding continues to change to this day.

Essays:

  • Arne Reimer: My Encounters with American Jazz Heroes
  • Nicholas Gebhardt: Reality Remade. Narrative and the historical imagination in Alan Lomax’s Mister Jelly Roll
  • Katherine M. Leo: The ODJB at 100. Revisiting Essential Narratives and Copyright Control of Victor 18255
  • Klaus Frieler: A Feature History of Jazz Improvisation
  • Andrew Wright Hurley: In and Out: Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion in Joachim Ernst Berendt’s Jazzbuch, or Towards the Biography of a Book
  • Tony Whyton: A Familial Story: Hidden Musicians and Cosmopolitan Connections in Jazz History
  • Mario Dunkel: Darcy James Argue’s Uchronic Jazz
  • A talk with pianist and composer Orrin Evans: “Just be me!”
  • Krin Gabbard: Syncopated Women. Gender and Jazz History in 1942 Hollywood
  • Wolfram Knauer: Four Sides of a House. How Jazz Spaces Irritate, Fascinate, Stimulate Creativity or Become Icons
  • Oleg Pronitschew: Die Institutionalisierung des Jazz. Wie die westdeutsche Jazzdebatte der 1970er Jahre das Selbstverständnis einer Szene veränderte
  • Rüdiger Ritter: Myths in Jazz – Artistic Prison or Productive Element? The Shaping of “Polish Jazz”
  • Karen A. Chandler: Bin Yah (Been Here). Africanisms and Jazz Influences in Gullah Culture
  • Scott DeVeaux: Was Bebop a Mistake?
  • Nicolas Pillai: A Star Named Miles. Tracking Jazz Musicians Across Media

Wolfram Knauer (ed./Hg.): Positionen! Jazz und Politik. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung Bd. 16
Wolke Verlag (Hofheim), 2020, Deutsch, 248 pp., Photos, Paperback, € 24,-, ISBN: 978-3-95593-016-5

“POSITIONEN! Jazz und Politik” is documenting the last Darmstadt Jazzforum conference, where we asked about current political involvement of the jazz world at home, in our country and society, in Germany, and we heard from scholars, journalists and musicians alike. The book looks at previous political discourses within German jazz, discusses the political impact of exemplary bands like Jan Klare’s The Dorf. It also asks about the differences between contemporary improvised and composed music in respect to their political messages. Musicians discuss how they incorporate their political thoughts in their art as well as arguments for a political consciousness on the German jazz scene and the intermedial connection between music and societal perception. Others explain their own political motivations for the decision to become a jazz musician or discuss jazz as a social role model. The book does also look at the perspectives of musician, promoter, journalist and audience when it comes to political meanings in music. Musicologists analyse right-wing populist movements in Germany and Austria and ask about their use of Afrodiasporic music and argue about musical interaction as a democratic act. Influential German festival promoters talk about what political responsibility festivals have when presenting jazz. In a major discussion contributers questions whether jazz is political in essence, while the president of German Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Thomas Krüger, describes the potential of jazz for political education. The book is in German and can be ordered through your local book dealer or directly from the publisher (Wolke Verlag).

Essays:

  • Stephan Braese: Stammheim war nie Attica. Zur politischen Widerständigkeit des Jazz in Deutschland seit 1945
  • Henning Vetter: Politischer Jazz oder Deutungshoheit: Wem gehört das Gehörte? Eine Untersuchung am Beispiel des Musikerkollektives The Dorf
  • Nina Polaschegg: Sind frei Improvisierende die besseren Demokraten?
  • Benjamin Weidekamp + Michael Haves: Alles wird gut gegangen sein – Der Talk
  • Wolfram Knauer: Jazz und Politik – politischer Jazz?Eine bundesdeutsche Perspektive
  • Mario Dunkel: Zusammenhänge zwischen Populismus, Jazz und afrodiasporischen Musiken als Ausgangspunkt für Demokratiebildung
  • Martin Pfleiderer: „… an outstanding artistic model of democratic cooperation“? Zur Interaktion im Jazz
  • Nadin Deventer, Tina Heine, Lena Jeckel, Ulrich Stock: Veranstalter:innen: die Influencer des Jazz?
  • Nikolaus Neuser (Trompete) und Florian Juncker (Posaune): „Occupied Reading“. Musikalische Intervention
  • Hans Lüdemann: Gesellschaftliche und politische Positionierung eines deutschen Jazzmusikers heute
  • Nikolaus Neuser: Improvisation als Handlungskonzept
  • Michael Rüsenberg: „Jazz ist stets politisch“. Stimmt diese Aussage von Mark Turner? Und, hört man sie in seiner Musik?
  • Thomas Krüger:Politische Dimensionen des Jazz im Kontext von Emanzipation und Kulturalisierung
  • Korhan Erel, Tim Isfort, Angelika Niescier, Victoriah Szirmai: … im Ohr des Betrachters …Ein Panel über das Politische in der Musik
  • Atef Ben Bouzid / Ulrich Stock: „Cairo Jazzman – The Groove of a Megacity“

Darmstadt Jazzforum

The 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 took place from 30 September  to 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)

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