IASJ Research Conference 10 and 11 Nov. 2023

IASJ Research Conference 10 and 11 Nov. 2023

IASJ Research Conference

Aesthetics in Jazz in the 21st Century

Graz, Austria,10,11 November 2023

Conference Update #1, 15 August 2023

Palais Meran, Kunst Universität Graz, Austria

Aesthetics in Jazz in the 21st Century - Update

In Graz, Austria, in the Palais Meran of the University of Music and Performing Arts (see picture) on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2023,the conference 'Aesthetics in Jazz in the 21st Century' takes place


Seven selected speakers and keynote speaker Jack Hues, present their views on how in this century, opinions, visions, judgements, and aesthetic choices are made by musicians, audiences, and the decision makers in jazz.


So far, participation forms came in from North and South America, and from various counties in Europe. You are invited to attend the conference. Interested in sending in a paper? Write your abstract first and add a short bio. Copy and paste the text of the abstract and bio in the participation form. The form is self-explanatory. Please click on the link below to go to the website of the conference and fill out the 'participation form'. With this form, you can propose to present your paper as well:

Participation Form


The deadline for sending in papers is 15 September 2023. Christa Bruckner-Haring, Kurt Ellenberger en Wouter Turkenburg will select the papers to be presented. You will be notified by 1 October 2023.

If your paper is selected, you are eligible for some financial support to cover your housing during the conference.


For more information on the six strands, the six main topics of the conference can be found in the 'call for papers':

Call for Papers


The conference is a result of the collaboration between the Institute of Aesthetics in Music, the Institute for Jazz Research, and the IASJ. Andreas Dorschel, André Doehring, Kurt Ellenberger, Ed Partyka and Wouter Turkenburg are the organizers. You can read more about their collaboration on the homepage of the website of the conference.

Homepage Aesthetics in Jazz in the 21st Century


The IASJ Journal of Applied Jazz Research

A report of the conference, including a selection of the papers, will appear in the IASJ Journal, Volume 2, to be published in 2024. Volume 1 of the journal currently has close to 700 downloads of the articles published.

The IASJ Journal of Applied Jazz Research


About keynote speaker Jack Hues

The organizers are excited to have Jack Hues as the keynote speaker. He is the lead singer and guitarist from the iconic '80s pop band ‘Wang Chung’. Hues hit song ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’, along with many other hits, helped to define the era.

In his pop songs, Hues seamlessly weaves a great deal of harmonic, melodic, and lyrical sophistication into the genre. Furthermore, he composed for film, most notably for the powerful and gritty 1980s crime drama, ‘To Live and Die in LA’, by William Freidkin.

In the past 20 years, while still touring and recording with ‘Wang Chung’, Hues has released recordings in progressive rock and jazz, which have ventured into the experimental and the avant-garde, all at the highest levels of artistry. He is a truly unique, and very rare artist, one who has successfully crossed over into different genres over an entire lifetime of creative work.

Listen to: ‘Fallujah’

Listen to 'Tokyo Angelic'

Link to an article on Jack Hues by Kurt Ellenberger in:

'All About Jazz'.


Link to more information on the keynote of Jack Hues:

'Follow your Bliss to the crossroads'.


Jack Hues

IASJ activities:

2023 IASJ Jazz Conference, Graz, Austria: 10,11 November 2023

link to the website of the conference


2024 IASJ Jazz Meeting: Tel Aviv, Israel: 1-6 July 2024

2025 IASJ Jazz Meeting: Ulaan Batar, Mongolia

IASJ main website: iasj.com

IASJ mail address: info@iasj.com


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