The Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) is made up of Australian, New Zealand, Asian scholars, performers and post-graduate students conducting research in the fields of jazz studies and jazz-oriented improvisation.

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Australasian Jazz and Improvised Research Network 2021 Conference

                           Accessing Jazz and Improvised Music


   Conference Date: June 5–6, 2021

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

University Of Sydney

Key Note Speakers:

Professor Nichole Rustin-Paschal 

Professor Roger Dean

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The 2021 AJIRN conference theme “Accessing Jazz and Improvised Music” invites participants to consider the networks, infrastructure, physical and ideological barriers, creative problems, privileges, and prejudices musicians and audiences routinely negotiate as they make their way to and through jazz and other improvised music. Inspired in part by the new platforms audiences and musicians have used to connect during the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference seeks to interrogate a spectrum of both physical and metaphorical barriers that have created space between artists, audiences, and researchers, and the bridges that have been built to span these gaps. We encourage participants to consider accessibility in broad terms and from various angles when grappling with the fundamental question of how jazz and other improvised music scenes might better cultivate cultures of inclusivity and respect.