The Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) is made up of Australian, New Zealand and Asian scholars, performers and post-graduate students conducting research in the fields of jazz studies and jazz oriented improvisation.
The network is dedicated to facilitating the interdisciplinary study of jazz and improvisation in Australia and New Zealand through the presentation of an annual conference, the management of an email list dedicated to the promotion of Australian and New Zealand jazz and improvisation research and the administration of a mentoring program for those interested in producing traditional research outputs.
Expertise within the network ranges from historical/cultural studies of jazz to empirical work on improvisation to artistic research conducted through jazz compositional and improvisational practices.
AJIRN Executive Committee
President: Robert Burke, Associate Professor – Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Monash University
Christopher Coady, Senior Lecturer in Musicology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
Roger Dean, Professor – austraLYSIS, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University
Bruce Johnson, Professor
Aleisha Ward, Researcher New Zealand
Nick Haywood – Senior Lecturer UTAS