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IASJ News Update 15 Ddecember 2022

IASJ News Update 15 Ddecember 2022

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IASJ News Update #10


15 December 2022

Inside the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

Finland Stories # 4: Climate Differences

Indian Summer in The Netherlands in November 2008 when I left by airplane. Green meadows, colorful trees. When I arrived in Kuopio, Finland, it was full winter. Dark, cold, misty and a thick pack of snow. That snow kept drizzling all four days I was in Kuopio for the board meeting of the EMC, the European Music Council of which I was the chairman.

The next day I left my hotel in time to go to Room 4 in the Music Center of Kuopio. In the hall, I kicked off my snow boots, put on my city shoes and walked into Room 4 to set up my computer. To my surprise, on the floor were about 8 young women, all pregnant, sitting in a circle, holding each other’s bellies, singing a soft and cheerful melody. ‘This is not the EMC Board Meeting’ I spoke softly, ‘but it is Room 4’. ‘There is another Room 4 in another part of the building’, the one woman, not pregnant, replied. ‘This is a music lesson for the unborn child’.

The contrast between The Netherlands and Finland could not be bigger. Not only in the natural climate, but also in the cultural climate. In The Netherlands music schools were receiving less and less financial support from the governments, in Finland you have music lessons even before you are born.


Did you have music lessons in Finland before you were born? Please tell me; I have a gift for you. Do you have a Finland story yourself? Please tell me.


Contact: Wouter Turkenburg  

2022 IASJ Jazz Meeting, New York, USA – the videos

Wojtek Justina and video editor Luciano Polli have made selections from the final concerts: 2 per colorful combo. The videos are about to be finished. Participants of the 2022 IASJ Jazz Meeting will be notified when the videos are uploaded to YouTube.


2023 IASJ Jazz Meeting, Helsinki, Finland: 26 June – 1 July

Proposed Participants Forms are coming in. So far, the majority of proposals concern rhythm section players.


The program of the week is still subject to changes. The final version is planned for 15 January 2023.


On the website of the meeting, you can find all basic information about whom, when and where:


The direct link to propose participants:

Proposed Participants Form

IASJ Survey—make your voice heard

What should be continued in the IASJ and what needs to be changed? Rethinking is needed, for the meetings, the conferences, and the organization of the IASJ. Until the end of December, you can give your input by filling out the online survey that is set up in such a way that senders cannot be recognized. The survey can be found on: IASJ Survey

1st IASJ Journal of Applied Jazz Research

The first issue is now online, but not open for every one. Several    settings have to be adjusted to make the journal look perfect.


Many questions were asked about the review system of the journal. Peer-review, double-peer-review, double-blind-peer review, multiple-blind-per-review: these are systems that might work well in some parts of the scientific world, although they are questioned more and more.


Instead of these complicated, time-consuming and somewhat outdated models, the editors of the IASJ Journal have chosen for a 'dynamic peer review publishing model'. This model is similar to the one of 'eLife'. The 'dynamic peer review model' is explained in detail in the first issue of the journal. A short version and the link to the YouTube film of 'eLife' can be found on the research website of the IASJ:

Link to the IASJ Research Page


Questions, remarks, contributions? 

Future IASJ activities:

2023 IASJ Jazz Meeting, Helsinki, Finland:

2024 IASJ Jazz Meeting: Tel Aviv, Israel


IASJ main website: IASJ Main Website

IASJ mail address:


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