When Jazz meets Cinema

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

5-7 May 2017
Lovere (BG), Auditorium di Villa Milesi

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «When Jazz meets Cinema», to be held in Lovere (BG), Auditorium di Villa Milesi, from Friday 5 until Sunday 7 May 2017 (http://www.luigiboccherini.org/jazzcinema.html).
Cinema is the form of entertainment that can be, above all, identified with the XX century. It gradually replaced theatre as the popular form of performed storytelling, and replaced opera too as the new “multimedia” art form, soon incorporating music as one of cinema’s privileged means to tell stories. Speaking of music, it is jazz that can be considered the most original musical expression emerged in the XX century, and accompanied it throughout the decades with its various incarnations and styles. It was inevitable that these two iconic art/entertainment forms, jazz and cinema, should meet, blend, cooperate, and have a reciprocal influence. While the early film music was mostly symphonic and inspired by the late-romantic XIX-century idiom, jazz and African-American music — in various form and with diverse and changing racial/social connotations — appeared onscreen even before the landmark film The Jazz Singer (1927), which officially launched the sound era.

This international conference aims at studying the longstanding relationship between jazz and cinema in its many facets and perspectives, and paper proposals are welcome from both film and music scholars. Some of the topics of investigation are the following (but are not limited to these):

  • Music for films by Jazz musicians
  • Jazz Soundtracks and Composers
  • Films inspired to Jazz World
  • Films on Jazz Musicians
  • Films featuring Jazz performances
  • Jazz Musicians as actors
  • ‘Jazz’ sounds before and after The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • The role of film industry and the constructing of a jazz mythology
  • Jazz and Cinema interchanges
  • Narrative techniques and Jazz Film Scores
  • Gender and Sociological Issues
  • Race and Class Issues
  • Jazz, cinema and record industry in synergy
  • Jazz and cinema outside the U.S.A.
  • Jazz as a symbol of America in non-American cinemas

Programme Committee:

  • Emilio Audissino, Southampton
  • Roberto Illiano, Lucca
  • Fulvia Morabito, Lucca
  • Massimiliano Sala, Bergamo
  • Emile Wennekes, Utrecht

Keynote Speakers:

  • Emilio Audissino (University of Southampton)
  • Emile Wennekes (Utrecht University)

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.

Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 12 March 2017*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
Further information about the programme and registration will be announced by the same month.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini