The Jazz Chameleon: The 9th Nordic Jazz Conference


Call for papers

The Jazz Chameleon: The 9th Nordic Jazz Conference

The Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive, Helsinki, August 19–20, 2010

Since its arrival on the public scene in the early 20th century, jazz has

been characterised by a remarkable ability to cross musical, social and

cultural borderlines. In terms of musical style and character, jazz has

often crossed genre categories and undergone through radical changes. In

terms of geographical and cultural boundaries, one of the most notable

developments in jazz has been the internationalisation of its sound.

Furthermore, jazz has also been able to ‘travel in time’. The explicit

sense of traditions characterises jazz history: jazz music speaks to the

past and is informed by what has been before.

What are these crossings really like? How have they changed during the

history of jazz?

Organisers of The Jazz Chameloen: The 9th Nordic Jazz Conference welcome

presentations on generical, geographical, historical and other (e.g.

theoretical, aesthetic, educational) crossings in jazz. The main emphasis

of the presentations will be on Nordic countries and their histories but

we warmly welcome other aspects as well.

Proposals for presentations and work groups should be submitted as

abstracts of up to 200 words by April 1, 2010 to

Please include the name of the speaker(s), email, affiliation, and the

title of the paper or workshop group.

The conference will have two invited keynote speakers, planning for

Professor Bruce Johnson (Universities of Turku, Glasgow, UK and Macquarie,

Australia) and N.N.  (tba). Furthermore, the conference will feature

discussion on the collaboration between the members of Nordic jazz

archives as well as performances by Finnish jazz musicians.

There will be a small participation fee. The main organiser of the

conference is the Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive. More information will be

published at the

On behalf of the organisers,

Janne Mäkelä, Director

The Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive