Jazz, Improvised and Popular Music

The research group Jazz, Improvised Music, and Popular Music aims to support, encourage, and promote artistic research at KCB’s jazz department on all levels (from BA to PhD) and in all contingents (staff, students, and external applicants). We are open to all forms of jazz, (jazz-based) improvised music, and popular music with a focus on contemporary perspectives in a performance-based context. Many of our researchers work on interdisciplinary or hybrid projects and are therefore active in other research groups as well, such as Music and Technology or Collective Creation.

Currently, we have projects running with such diverse themes as spectralism, historical jazz recreation, jazz & metal drumming, and the influence of non-western or non-European music on rhythm, vocals, and double bass performance. As a research group, we (help) organise a number of public events, for example, our annual Jazz Research Day or dedicated activities during the KCB Research Festival. Furthermore, we hold regular roundtable sessions on selective themes with our members and other interested under the name Circle in the Round.


Matthias Heyman