The Jazz Chameleon: The 9th Nordic Jazz Conference

Organiser: The Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive, Helsinki, August 19–20, 2010
Conference site: Lecture hall, National Archives of Finland, Rauhankatu 17

Conference material available in the Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive’s web page.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

19.00 Get-together at the Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive, Sörnäisten rantatie 25, Helsinki

Thursday, August 19, 2010

9.00 Registration
10.00 Opening
10.15 Keynote I – Pekka Gronow: Was jazz invented in Paris in October 1932? (Chair: Janne Mäkelä)
11.15 Coffee
11.30 Session I: Approaches and definitions (Chair: Tore Mortensen)
  • Olav Harsløf: Adorno’s dislike of jazz
  • Ole Izard Høyer: Defining jazz…
  • Claire Levy: Parody rhetoric, intertextuality, and the jazz aesthetics
13.00 Lunch
14.15 Session II: Technologies and disseminations (Chair: Tony Whyton)
  • Adam Battersby: “Static beats and clutter”? New technologies & innovation in Norwegian electronic jazz
  • John V. Ward: Discography, preservation, and cultural crossings: The role of the World Wide Web in the underground dissemination of Nordic jazz recordings
  • Justin A. Williams: Jazz crossings in the twenty-first century: Hybridity, the Internet and the boundaries of genre
15.45 Coffee
16.00 Roundtable IThe Finnish jazz-pop hit song revisited: Introducing and discussing results of the “Suklaasydän, tinakuoret” research project
  • Ari Poutiainen (Chair)
  • Kaarina Kilpiö
  • Risto Kukkonen
  • Janne Mäkelä
16.45 Roundtable IIRhythm Changes: Jazz cultures and European identities
  • Tony Whyton (Chair)
  • Petter Frost Fadness
  • Andrew Dubber
19.00 Dinner, Scandic Marski, Mannerheimintie 10 (Dinner Menu)
21.00 – Concert: Manuel Dunkel Quartet, Birdland Jazz Club, Mannerheimintie 6

Friday, August 20, 2010

9.00 Keynote II – Bruce Johnson: The Redemption of jazz (Chair: Olav Harsløf)
10.00 Coffee
10.15 Session III: Histories and hybridizations (Chair: Claire Levy)
  • Heli Reimann: Constructing Estonian jazz tradition: shifting paradigms during Soviet time
  • Deborah Mawer: French music reconfigured in the modal jazz of Bill Evans
  • Christa Bruckner-Haring: Hybridization of Cuban music and jazz
11.45 Guided Tour in the National Archives
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Nordic Jazz Archives meeting
14.00 Roundtable IIIKeeping that discourse alive: Re-establishing the school of jazz generations
  • Ari Poutiainen (Chair)
  • Otto Donner
  • Olav Harsløf
  • Bruce Johnson
  • Atro ”Wade” Mikkola
  • Risto Toppola
15.00 Coffee
15.15 Session IV: Musicologies and improvisations (Chair: Bruce Johnson)
  • Katherine Williams: ‘Is the Duke deserting jazz?’: Composition through improvisation in Ellington's Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue
  • Benjamin K. Davies: Into something rich and strange: the Bobo Stenson Trio’s take on Berg
16.15 Closing words

Programme and abstracts as a pdf-file: 9th_NJC_Programme

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