Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network Conference 2017

Date/Time: Fri 02 Jun - Sun 04 Jun / 5:00 pm

Location: Paris Cat Jazz Club

Agency in Jazz and Improvisation

Conference 2017

Discussion around agency has accumulated in significant research and commentary about jazz and improvisation – particularly in terms of aesthetics, culture and cognition. The thrust of the discussion seems to have moved from assuming the musician has singular agency in his or her work to a more distributed agency where other agents collaborate to create music.
In this conference, we encourage a cross-section of researchers from the field to explore the notion of agency in jazz from multiple perspectives, including:the consequential and inter-related impact of diverse and dynamic agents on creativity and innovation in improvised and experimental Jazz;

  • how agency is articulated in the analysis of performance/composition, including for example, identifying methods of analysis appropriate to a particular modality;
  • articulating and accommodating sociological concepts of agency, such as maintaining allegiance to localities in globalised, post-diasporic Jazz;
  • How agents and agencies are characterised in performance experimentation;
  • The utilisation of agents and agencies external to the composer, performer and performance; and
  • The contrasting frameworks of musicologists and experimental performers/composers in relation to agency 

Conference Details

Friday 2nd June, (opening evening with complimentary refreshments) , Saturday 3rd  June and Sunday 4th  June, 2017
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea included in registration

Costs: (Incudes 1 year membership to AJIRN)
Full: $250
Student: $150

Conference Convener: Associate Professor Robert Burke
Conference Contact, Program Chair: Fiona Burnett
Please contact Fiona Burnett:
 Presented by The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – Monash University in association with the 2017 Melbourne International Festival of Jazz.

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