Publications

Michael Kahr

Publications and Presentations (scientific and artistic):

Monograph

  • Jazz & the City: Jazz in Graz von 1965 bis 2015. Graz: Leykam (2016).

Edited Volume

  • Artistic Practice as Research in Jazz and Popular Music: Positions, Theories, Methods (2019 forthcoming)

Academic Theses

  • Aspects of Context and Harmony in the Music of Clare Fischer. PhD thesis. University of Sydney (2009).
  • AspectsofHarmonyintheClareFischerComposition„InMemoriam“.MMusthesis.Universityof Sydney (2005).
  • Brad Mehldau. Eine Stilanalyse. Magister Artium thesis. Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz (2001).

    Articles – Peer Reviewed

     

  • „Jazz in Graz von 1965 bis 2015“. Historisches Jahrbuch der Stadt Graz 48. (2018 forthcoming).
  • „The Development of the Jazz Institute in Graz as a Pioneer of Academic Jazz in Europe“. European Journal of Musicology 19.1 (2018), 45–59, http://www.european- musicology.eu.
  • „Herbie Hancock, Chromatic Harmony and Clare Fischer“. Jazzforschung / Jazz Research 46 (2018), 73–90.
  • „Künstlerische Forschung im Bereich Jazz und Popularmusik an der Kunstuniversität Graz“. Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung ZfHE 10.1 (2015), 39–51, http://www.zfhe.at/.
  • „Upper Styrian Big Band Folk – Exploring Local Authenticity and Identity in Jazz“. Journal for Artistic Research 3 (2013), http://www.jar- online.net/index.php/issues/view/485.
  • „Transcultural Transformations: Dimitri Shostakovich and Clare Fischer“. Problemy Muzikal’noi Nauki 2 (2009), 39–47, http://ufaart.ru/ru/nauka/zhurnal- problemymuzykalnojnauki/20092-5/.

Book Chapters

  • „Artistic Practice-as-Research in Jazz and Popular Music: Historical Contexts“. Artistic Practice as Research in Jazz and Popular Music: Positions, Theories, ed. Michael Kahr (2018 forthcoming).
  • „Artistic Research in Jazz: A Case Study and Potential Developments”. Music and Sonic Arts: Theories and Practice. Cambridge Scholars Press, ed. Mine Dogantan-Dack (2018 in Print).
  • „Zur musikalischen Entwicklung des modernen Jazz in Graz (1953–1955)“. Anklaenge 2016. Studien zur Österreichischen Popularmusik im 20. Jahrhundert (Wiener Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft). Hollitzer Verlag, ed. Christian Glanz and Manfred Permoser (2017), 161–176.
  • „50 Years of Academic Jazz in Central Europe: Musicological and Artistic Research Perspectives in a Case Study of Local Jazz History in Graz“. Continental Drift. 50 Years of Jazz from Europe, Edinburgh Napier University, ed. Haftor Medbøe, Zack Moir and Chris Atton. (2017), 57–65.
  • „Chromaticism and Identity in the Music of Clare Fischer“. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung 14. Wolke Verlag, ed. Wolfram Knauer (2016), 71–84.
  • „Jazz Komposition: Theorie und Praxis“, in: Musiktheorie und Komposition (Folkwang Studien 15), ed. Matthias Scholthfeldt and Markus Roth (2015), 307–314.
  • with Christa Bruckner-Haring. „Jazznetworks in Austria: The Jazzwerkstatt Initiative“. The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music, eds. Tony Whyton and Nicholas Gebhardt, Routledge 2015, 177–196.
  • „CurrentTendenciesinJazzTheory“.Jazzforschung/JazzResearch40(2008),113–124. Other Articles
  • „Conference Report: »14th Darmstadt Jazzforum; ›Gender and Identity in Jazz‹«, Darmstadt (Germany), October 1–4, 2015“. Jazz Research News 48 (2015), 2260–2263.
  • „Historische Entwicklung des Institutes für Jazz“. 50 Jahre Institut Jazz / Kunst Uni Graz (2015).
  • „Conference Report, Part II: ‚Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures, Salford (UK), April 11-14“. Jazz Research News 44 (2013), 2072–2074.
  • with Christa Bruckner-Haring, „Jazzwerkstatt Graz: A Young Austrian Jazz Initiative“. Jazz Research Journal 5.1/2 (2011), 176–186. DOI: 10.1558/jazz.v5i1-2.176
  • „Projektvorstellung: Jazz & the City“, in: Jazz Research News 39 (2011), 1852–1854.
  • „Announcement of the First International Clare Fischer Symposium“. Jazz Research News 34 (2010), 1628–1630.

Invited Talks

  • „Jazz: its Structures and Borders“. Lecture at the 33. International Fajr Festival Teheran (2018).
  • „Creative and Meaningful Writing for Strings in the Context of Popular Music“. Guest Lecture at Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik Freiburg. Freiburg (2017).
  • „The Music of Clare Fischer“. Annual Conference of the Jazz Education Network JEN. New Orleans (2017).
  • „Jazz und Popularmusik an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz“. IASPM D-A-CH Konferenz. Graz (2016).
  • „Chromaticism and Identity in Clare Fischer’s Music“. Jazzforum Darmstadt. Darmstadt (2015).
  • „The Institute for Jazz Research in Graz“. Panel discussion at the Conference for Popular Music Research at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Vienna (2014).
  • „Die Entwicklung des Grazer Jazzinstitutes als Rollenmodell für die akademische Jazzausbildung in Europa“. Hochschule der Künste Bern. Lucerne (2014).
  • „Towards the analysis of linear aspects in jazz harmony“. Presentation and panel discussion at Jazz Research Workshop at University of Weimar. Weimar (2014).
  • „Herbie Hancock, Chromatic Harmony and Clare Fischer“. Jazzforum Darmstadt/IGJ Conference Jazzdebatten/Jazzanalysen. Darmstadt (2013).
  • „Kreativität und Wissenschaft“. Science Goes Public Series organized by the Austrian Ministry of Science. Vienna (2013).
  • „Analytische Beobachtungen zum Streicherklang in Rock- und Popmusik“. Popularmusikkonferenz Kunstuniversität Graz. Graz (2012).
  • „The Music of Clare Fischer“. Rutgers University, Jazz Research Round Table. Newark (2011).
  • „Jazz Pop Rock im Musikschulunterricht“. Keynote Address at the Annual Conference of Styrian Music Educators. Kapfenberg (2011).

    Conference Papers and Presentations

  • „Artistic Research and ‘Play’ in Jazz Education: Influential Precursors and Current Institutional Perspectives”, EPARM Conference Porto (2018).
  • „Voices and Voicings: Jacob Collier, Herbie Hancock and Clare Fischer“. Jazz Voices Conference Graz (2018).
  • „We Won’t Forget You: Dena DeRose’s Hommag to Shirley Horn“. Jazz Voices Conference Graz (2018).
  • „Annäherung: Jazz History, Analysis and ‚tacit knowledge’“. GMTH/GfPM Conference Graz (2017).
  • „Jazz & the City: Sonic Histories and Artistic Research“. Rhythm Changes Conference. Amsterdam (2017).
  • „Artistic Research in Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz“, AEC EPARM Conference. Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (2017).
  • „50 Years of Academic Jazz in Europe“. Continentaldrift Conference, Edinburgh Napier University Scotland. Edinburgh (2016).
  • „Die Entwicklung des Grazer Jazzinstitutes als Rollenmodell für die akademische Jazzausbildung in Europa“. Conference „Growing Up“, Luzern (2014).
  • „The Academic Jazz Institution in Graz and its Role in Promoting Jazz in Europe“. Jazz Talks Conference, Aveiro University Portugal. Aveiro (2013).
  • „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“. ICTM Conference at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Shanghai (2013).
  • „Out of Nowhere: The Role of Jazz Institutions in Graz in the Formation of Jazz Identity“. Rhythm Changes Conference in Salford. Salford (2013).
  • „Artistic Research in Jazz – A Case Study“. MuSA Conference Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe (2012).
  • „Identität der Jazzstadt Graz“. Lange Nacht der Forschung Graz. Graz (2012)
  • „Jazzkomposition: Theorie und Praxis“. GMTH. Essen (2012).
  • „Jazz & the City“. Rhythm Changes Conference. Amsterdam (2011).
  • „Improvisation and Composition in the Music of Clare Fischer: I am a Writer who Plays the Piano“. 11th International Jazz Research Conference. Leeds (2011).
  • „The Music of Clare Fischer“. Lecture Recital Mount San Antonio College. Los Angeles (2010).
  • „Presenting the Digital Clare Fischer Archive and a Recent Dissertation on the Music of Clare Fischer“. 1st international Clare Fischer Symposium. Graz (2010).
  • „Emotional motiviert: Kompositorische und Improvisatorische Strukturen in der Musik von Clare Fischer“. 9th International Music Theory Conference. Mainz (2009).
  • „Die Jazztheorie als interdisziplinäres Fach“. 8th International Music Theory Conference. Graz (2008).
  • „Considering the Socio-cultural Context in Jazz Analysis: A Comparative Study of Clare Fischer’s and Dimitri Shostakovich’s music“. 8th International Jazz Research Conference. Leeds (2008).

     

    CD-Productions

  • Dorothea Jaburek, Sweet Secrets, Alessa Records 1062 (2017) – comp., arr., p.
  • Michael Kahr, Jazz & the City (and me…), Alessa Records ALR 1047 (2016) – comp., arr., p.
  • SaxallegrO, Freequencies, Barnette (2015) – comp.
  • Dorothea Jaburek, Mei eigne Wöd, Firmamendt Records fm 002 (2014) – arr., p.
  • Rondo Vienna, 3, Preiser Records 91247 (2013) – p.
  • High Styria Big Band, Upper Styrian Big Band Folk, Manus (2011) – comp., arr., p.
  • Rondo Vienna, Strong Enough, Preiser Records (2011) – arr., p.
  • missImister, Bittersweet, Cracked Anegg Records KEG LC 09587 (2008) – comp., arr., p.
  • m&m, m&m, MM Records 01 (2005) – comp., arr., p.
  • Black Coffe Chapter 6, Feed your Soul, Ecco Chamber EC 3112 (2003) – comp., arr., p.
  • Heidi Krenn Quartett, Austrian Young Lions, Universal Music 980865-4 (2003) – p.
  • Michael Kahr Quartett, Stories, Mr.D. Music 4029661023148 (2002) – comp., arr., p., tp.
  • Klangdebüts, The Dukebox, KUG 17 (2000) – arr., p.
  • Faton M. Macula, I Remember You, MGR 98002-2 (2000) – comp., arr., p.
  • Trijok, Spring, A-Jok Records 11570394 (1995) – tp.

Selected Compositions

  • Pars Pro Toto, Musik für 8 Musiker und Malerei, commissioned by Styraburg Festival Steyr (2016)
  • SpaziergangfürSaxofonundOrgel,approx.4’(UA2012,rec.2014)
  • Upper Styrian Big Band Folk for large jazz orchestra, commissioned by ‘High Styria Big Band’, approx. 60’ (2010-2011)
  • Bittersweet, song cycle, commissioned by ensemble ‘missImister’, approx. 63’ (rec. 2007)
  • Iran, arrangements for 3 soprano voices and small ensemble, approx. 40’ (2008)
  • Strong Enough, No.3, 5 arrangements for String Ensemble commissioned by ‘Rondo Vienna’, total approx. 20’ (2009)
  • Mosaic, compositions for jazz group, commissioned by Australian ensemble ’Mosaic’, approx. 13’ (2007)
  • Aspekte, 1+1=3, commissioned by ‘SaxallegrO’, approx. 23’, premiered at International Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana (2006), Austrian Premier at Musikforum Viktring (2007)
  • Aquarius, various compositions and arrangements of classical music, commissioned by ‘Mona Lisa String Quartet’, approx. 72’ (2004-06)
  • m&m, song cycle for vocal piano duo ‘m&m’, approx. 60’ (2005-06)
  • We See Our World, commissioned by ‘Gospel Choir Graz’, approx. 15’ (2005)
  • Suite for 3 Flugelhorns and Trumpets, commissioned by Koch Music, approx. 15’ (2003)
  • Africa, 2 compositions for medium-large world music ensemble ‘European-African Jazz Orchestra’, approx. 15’ (2002)
  • Approx. 120 leadsheet-type songs and jazz tunes (1993 – 2014)

    Selected Artistic Activities:

  • 2018 concerts at the International Fajr Festival Teheran w/Frank Hoffmann, Städtepartnerschaft Graz-Darmstadt, concerts with Lisbeth Bischoff (ORF, Hommage to Udo Jürgens)
  • 2017 concerts at Porgy & Bess Vienna, ORF Landesstudio Steiermark, CD-recording w/Dorothea Jaburek, concerts with Lisbeth Bischoff (ORF, Hommage to Udo Jürgens)
  • 2016 CD-release concerts Jazz & the City (…and me) (Alessa Records ALR 1047) with Frank Hoffmann, premiere of the composition „Music for 8 Musicians and a Painter, commissioned by Hapé Schreiberhuber and Styraburg Festival
  • 2015 CD-recording „Jazz & the City“ with original compositions, performances in Iran (Teheran Opera), Jazz Festival Jazz & the City w/Martin Harms
  • 2014 CD-presentation concerts „Mei eigene Wöd“ w/Dorothea Jaburek, video recording w/Heidi Krenn, various performances in Austria (Porgy & Bess, Metropol, Stadttheater Leoben) and Shanghai
  • 2013 Performances at JZ Club Shanghai and Hangzhou, Pianistengasse Wien, CD- recording w/Dorothea Jaburek (www.dorotheajaburek.com)
  • 2012 Composition commission for Ensemble SaxallegrO Performances at Austrian Cultural Forum Washington D.C.
  • 2010 Large composition for Big Band (Upper Styrian Big Band Folk), based on Styrian Folk music (premiere autumn 2010)
  • Concerts with missImister, Rondo Vienna in Austria, U.S., Cyprus, Germany, Belgium; Kahr-Harms Quartet at Austrian Cultural Center in Teheran/Iran, Lecture recital at Mount San Antonio College in U.S. with Gary Foster (sax)
  • 2009 Concerts with 3 Iranian Sopranos in London (Cadogan Hall) and Vancouver (Centennial Theatre); Concerts with missImister (Radiokulturhaus, Porgy&Bess)
  • Arrangements and compositions for string group ‚Barbara Helfgott and Rondo Vienna’ (CD ‚Strong Enough’), concerts with Rondo Vienna throughout Austria (Wien Rathausplatz)
  • 2008 Arrangements and concert in London with ‚3 Iranian Sopranos’ (Cadogan Hall); CD-Release m&m ‚Bittersweet’; concert at Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb; study trips to Iran and U.S.; compositions for symphonic orchestra
  • 2007 Concert tour in Australia with Mosaic (www.maju.com); concerts with drummer legend Ed Thigpen (Royal Garden Jazz Club), m&m, Mona Lisa, Michael Kahr Quartet; CD-Produktion m&m ‚Bittersweet’, http://www.crakedanegg.com
  • 2006 Composition commission for Ensemble SaxAllegro – Premiered at Internationalen Saxophon congress Ljubljana; Concert tour in Finland with Sanni Orasmaa Quartet (UMO Jazz Club), various concerts with Mona Lisa String Quartet and Richard Oesterreicher
  • 2005 Jazzfestival Wiesen Main Stage (Michael Kahr Quartett), various concerts in Austria, Slowenia, Egypt, France, Finland (w/Sanni Orasmaa) and U.S. (Kennedy Center Washington D.C.)
  • 2004 Composition commissioned by Gospel Chor Graz; various concerts in Austria and Australia
  • 2003 Concert tour in Australia with Michael Kahr Quartet
  • 2002 Jazz Festival in Saint-Louis (Senegal) with European African Jazz Orchestra, Concert tour in Serbia with Karl-Heinz Miklin Quartet, Concert tour in Salzburg/Oberösterreich with Lungau Big Band feat. Bobby Shew; CD-Production – Michael Kahr Quartet (Stories)
  • 2001 Jazz Festival in Saint-Louis (Senegal) as pianist and composer with European African Jazz Orchestra (OJEA) led by Francois Jeanneau (France); Fete de la Musique in Paris mit OJEA
  • 1999 Worldmusic concert tour in Germany with Rüdiger Oppermann (Harp) and Jatinder Thakur (Tablas) (India)
  • 1993 First public concert as a jazz pianist, trumpeter and bandleader

 

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