“Wacky Post-Fluxus Revolutionary Mixed Media Shenanigans”

Rethinking Jazz and Jazz Studies Through Jason Moran’s Multimedia Performance

Authored by: John Gennari

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138231160
eBook ISBN: 9781315315805
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315315805-12

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Abstract

Through a focus on pianist/composer Jason Moran’s interdisciplinary multimedia collaborations using extra-musical visual and sonic media, literature, and other forms and artifacts not customarily associated with US jazz presentation norms, this chapter reflects on the history of jazz’s relationship to other arts; explores the contact zones between jazz and allied expressive forms; and considers how dominant jazz ideologies, myths, and narratives might be reconfigured if we look at the music in multi-, cross-, and intermedia contexts rather than as a sovereign and unique art form with a tradition, culture, and scenes all its own.

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