The Role of Jazz in Austria: Aspects of the Current Jazz Scene

Christa Bruckner-Haring
University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria

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Ingår i: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 62:53, s. 507-511

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Publicerad: 2011-11-22

ISBN: 978-91-7519-993-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In Austria; a country deeply steeped in musical history and famous for its classical composers like Mozart; jazz had no problem gaining importance. Since the end of World War II jazz has begun to play a significant role within the music culture; and especially in the two biggest cities Vienna and Graz jazz scenes evolved rather quickly. Once jazz in Europe was academically institutionalized for the first time at the “Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz” (now “University of Music and Performing Arts Graz”; abbreviated “KUG”) in 1965; the status of jazz in Austrian musical life was assured.

In order to get an overview of today’s situation of jazz in Austria; various aspects of the current jazz scene are examined: situation of jazz musicians; education; venues and festivals as well as media presence. In addition to collated comprehensive data; expert interviews will help to gain extensive insights in the jazz culture. The main aim of this paper is to present the role of jazz and its current importance within the music culture in Austria.


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