Michael Kahr

Austria °1975
research interests: jazz, Music history, music theory, popular music, artistic research
affiliation: University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz / Gustav Mahler Private University of Music / JAM MUSIC LAB University for Jazz and Popular Music

I am a jazz pianist, composer/arranger, musicologist and artistic researcher, currently employed as Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Jazz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria as well as Head of the Center for Artistic Research at Jam Music Lab Private University for Jazz and Popular Music in Vienna. I have also lectured at universities in Vienna, Salzburg and Sydney. I am a board member of the International Society for Jazz Research, editorial board member of the Journal for Jazz Education in Research and Practice (IU Press) and convenor of the International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz.

My publications comprise the award-winning monograph Jazz & the City: Jazz in Graz von 1965 bis 2015, various book chapters, articles, CDs and musical scores. I edited the volume Artistic Practice as Research in Jazz and Popular Music – Positions, Theories, Methods (Routledge) and co-edited the Routledge Companion to Jazz & Gender. I have composed for big band, string ensembles, choir and jazz groups and performed at festivals and in jazz clubs across the globe. 

My current research interests comprise positions, theories and methods of artistic research in jazz and popular music, jazz history, theory and analysis as well as gender diversity in jazz and sustainability in music. 

Peer review experience for the Creative Europe Funding Program and the National Research Council South Africa, as well as journals such as Journal for Artistic Research, Jazz Education Network, Jazz Perspectives, Jazzforschung / Jazz Research, and Journal of the German Association for Popular Music Studies.



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Exposition: Upper Styrian Big Band Folk: Exploring Local Identity and Authenticity in Jazz (01/01/2013) by Michael Kahr
Michael Kahr 15/03/2020 at 16:32

A detailed response to the comments is published in Michael Kahr, “Artistic Research in Jazz: A Case Study and Potential Developments”. Music and Sonic Arts: Theories and Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, eds. Mine Dogantan-Dack and John Dack (2018), 184–199.