New publications!

Exploring jazz history in the city of Graz in a new book and CD by Michael Kahr (Leykam Verlag/Alessa Records)

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The book presents results of the artistic research project „Jazz & the City: Identity if a Capital of Jazz“, which was conducted from 2011–2013 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria and supported by a grant of the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Based on the assessment of a wide range of printed and audio-visual sources, as well as interviews with protagonists of the local jazz history, this book explores the history of jazz in cd-cover-fotothe city of Graz from 1965 until 2015. The documentation focusses on the development of the institutes for jazz and jazz research from their inception in 1965 and 1971, significant jazz events, detailed information on festivals and jazz promoters, networks among participant of the jazz scene and musicians’ biographies. The book explores the complex interrelation between jazz and local culture and approaches the tacit knowledge in the historical jazz practice through methods of artistic research (in German).
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The music on the CD “Jazz & the City (and me…)” presents further results of the artistic research on the local jazz history, which involves a reflection of the particular position of the artist/researcher in the attempt to obtain knowledge on artistic processes and strategies in the history of jazz in Graz.

artists: Martin Harms (as, ts, bs, fl, cl), David Jarh (tp, flh), Michael Kahr (p, comp), Wolfram Derschmidt (b), Jörg Mikula (dr) and Frank Hoffmann (voice).

compositions by Erich Kleinschuster, Friedrich Waidacher, Harry Pepl, Michael Kahr and references to the artistic work of Dieter Glawischnig, Harald Neuwirth, Karlheinz Miklin and other veterans of the jazz scene in Graz.

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Upcoming activities

3.1.-8.1.2017: Presentation of my research on Clare Fischer at the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans

27.1.2017@MS Deutsch-Wagram: CD/Book-Presentation concert with band and Frank Hoffmann (voice)

23.3.2017 Workshop in Genderstudies with Nicole Johänntgen at the Konzertsaal Reiterkaserne at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz

23.3.2017 Performance with Nicole Johänntgen@Stockwerk Graz

31.3.2017@Orpheum Extra: Presentation of the book Jazz & the City: Jazz in Graz von 1965 – 2015 (Leykam 2016) and the CD Jazz & the City (and me…) (Alessa Records 2016) as part of the 200th anniversary of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

17.4.2017@Porgy & Bess: CD/Book-Presentation with band and Frank Hoffmann (voice)

11.5.2017@Aula der KUG (provisional): Stage Band (directed by Sigi Feigl) plays the music of the jazz orchestra of the jazz institute in Graz (1960s/1970s bandbook) with special guests.

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New CD „Jazz & the City (and me…)“, just released by Alessa Records/Sounddesign

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http://www.alessarecords.at/jazz-art

with compositions by Erich Kleinschuster, Friedrich Waidacher, Harry Pepl, Michael Kahr and references to the artistic work of Dieter Glawischnig, Harald Neuwirth, Karlheinz Miklin and other veterans of the jazz scene in Graz. Performances by Martin Harms (as, ts, bs, fl, cl), David Jarh (tp, flh), Michael Kahr (p, comp), Wolfram Derschmidt (b), Jörg Mikula (dr) and Frank Hoffmann (voice).

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Activities

10. December 2016: New CD available through the website of Alessa Records (http://www.alessarecords.at/jazz-art) with Martin Harms, David Jarh, Mario Vavti, Wolfram Derschmidt, Jörg Mikula und Frank Hoffmann!

17. November 2016: Presentation of the new CD “Jazz & the City (…and me)” on Alessa Records ALR 1047 with a concert at Jägermayrhof in Linz.

12. November 2016: Premiere of my composition for 8 musicians and a painter, commissioned by Hapé Schreiberhuber and the Styraburg Festvials in Steyr.

After a long silence, I will now regularly post updated information on my activities

8. – 9. November 2013: Michael Kahr’s Paper Presentation “The Academic Jazz Institution in Graz and Its Role In Promoting Jazz in Europe” at the “Jazz Talks” Conference at the University of Aveiro, Portugal (http://jazztalks.web.ua.pt/program_ENG.html)

29. October 2013: Performance of Michael Kahr’s Composition Cycle “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk” Stadttheater Leoben (http://www.highstyriabigband.at). Compare Michael Kahr’s paper “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk: Exploring Local Identity and Authenticity in Jazz” in the current volume of the Journal for Artistic Research JAR http://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/21732/21733

3. October 2013: Performance of Michael Kahr’s Composition Cycle “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk” VAZ Krieglach (http://www.highstyriabigband.at). Compare Michael Kahr’s paper “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk: Exploring Local Identity and Authenticity in Jazz” in the current volume of the Journal for Artistic Research JAR http://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/21732/21733

29. September 2013: Open Rehearsal of Michael Kahr’s Composition Cycle “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk”. Compare Michael Kahr’s paper “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk: Exploring Local Identity and Authenticity in Jazz” in the current volume of the Journal for Artistic Research JAR http://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/21732/21733

26. – 28. September 2013: 11. Jazz Research Congress of the Institute for Jazz Research and the International Association for Jazz Research in Cooperation with the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt in Darmstadt chaired by Franz Kerschbaumer and Wolfram Knauer. Michael Kahr’s paper “Herbie Hancock, Chromatic Harmony and Clare Fischer” and Participation in the Panel Discussion “…Who Owns Jazz?” on September 28.

Paper Publication “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk: Exploring Local Identity and Authenticity in Jazz” in the current volume of the Journal for Artistic Research JAR http://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/21732/21733

1. – 3. September 2013: CD Recording with singer Dorothea Jaburek, who is a graduate of the Jazz Institute in Graz. The music represents the outcome of Jaburek’s search for an individual identity in jazz as a singer (http://www.dorotheajaburek.com/)

9. and 14. August 2013: Michael Kahr’s performances with Manfred Josel, one of the modern jazz pioneers in Graz, and Richard Oesterreicher, the former leader of the Popular Music Orchestra of the Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF in Graz (Royal Garden Jazz Club) and Gleisdorf.

11., 12. and 16. July 2013: Michael Kahr’s performances at the JZ Clubs in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China (http://www.bmeia.gv.at/botschaft/gk-shanghai/aktuelles/veranstaltungskalender/2013/jazzpianist-michael-kahr-auf-tournee.html)

11.-17. July 2013: Michael Kahr’s presentation at the ICTM Conference in Shanghai, China (http://ictm2013.shcmusic.edu.cn/) paper title: “Upper Styrian Big Band Folk: A case study of artistic research regarding the use of historical resources in the contemporary musical expression of a rural community in the European Alps”

11.-14. April 2013: Michael Kahr’s presentation at the Rhythm Changes Conference in Salford, UK (rhythmchanges.net) paper title: “Out of nowhere: The role of jazz institutions in Graz in the formation of jazz identity”

17.-18. February 2013: Michael Kahr’s presentation and performance at the “Science Goes Public Events” organized by the Austrian Ministry of Science at Aula der Wissenschaften, Vienna (www.aula-wien.at) topic: “Kreativität und Konzept: Die Kunst der Wissenschaft, die Wissenschaft der Kunst”

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9. December 2012: Michael Kahr’s presentation at the conference of ethnomusicology and popular music studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria (paper title: “Analytische Beobachtungen zur Bedeutung von Streicharrangements in der Pop- und Rockmusik”)

7. October 2012: Michael Kahr’s presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Music Theory (Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie) in Essen, Germany (http://www.gmth.de)

8. September 2012: Michael Kahr’s presentation at the ‘Arts and Sociology’ Conference at the University of Vienna (http://www.mdw.ac.at/upload/MDWeb/esa-arts-2012/pdf/Full_detailed_programme.pdf)

31. August 2012: Michael Kahr’s performance with an ensemble featuring Manfred Josel, one of the pioneers of modern jazz in Graz, 19:30, Landhaushof (http://www.swingandmusic.at)

4. August 2012: Hannes Kawrza’s (saxophone) and Klaus Kuchling’s (organ) Performance of Michael Kahr’s Composition “Spaziergang”, which was inspired by the musical and cultural life in Graz at the church at the Domkirche in Klagenfurt

28. June and 24. July 2012: Hannes Kawrza’s (saxophone) and Klaus Kuchling’s (organ) Performance of Michael Kahr’s Composition “Spaziergang”, which was inspired by the musical and cultural life in Graz at the church in Maria Wörth

8. July 2012: Michael Kahr’s Presentation at the MuSA Conference at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe (http://musa2012.zilmusic.com/)

6. July 2012: Michael Kahr’s Performance with violin virtuoso Barbara Helfgott at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington D.C. (http://www.acfdc.org/)

26. June 2012: Michael Kahr’s presentation at the annual meeting of the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz – www.iasj.com) at the Institute for Jazz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz

9. June 2012 from 23:03: Franz Kerschbaumer’s and Michael Kahr’s Project Presentation at the Radio Show “Ö1 Jazznight” broadcast by the Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF

27. April 2012: Michael Kahr’s Presentation and Performance at “Lange Nacht der Forschung”, Mumuth Graz w/Austrian bass legend Ewald Oberleitner

March 24, 2012: Jazz & the City @ Ö1 Jazz Night Radio Broadcast

February 9, 2012: The Music Clare Fischer @ Ö1 Spielräume Radio Broadcast

October 14 – 16, 2011: Performance Series @ Jazzfestival Jazz & the City Salzburg

September 21, 2011: Lecture @ Jazz Research Round Table at Rutgers University, Newark, N.Y.

September 1-4, 2011: Lecture @ Rhythm Changes Conference, Conservatory of Music, Amsterdam

June, 7, 2011: Duo w/Marina Zettl (missImister) @ Museumsquartier Wien

May 20, 2011: CD Live Presentation (Upper Styrian Big Band Folk) @ Kultursaal Oberaich

May 1, 2011: FWF-Research Project Start (Jazz & the City: Identity of a Capital of Jazz)

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