It is an understatement that we live in turbulent times. Even the planet is complaining with crazy weather patterns, the disappearance of entire species and so on. This is exactly the time when the ideals and principles which guide forward looking people to step up and take action towards improving the world situation come into play.
Music heals: listen to Trane for that!! The IASJ has already planted seeds to be harvested by the younger generation. Jazz or no jazz, artists are even more responsible for progress towards affecting these life changing events than laymen. The world is changing as we speak both positively and negatively. Yin and yang are at work here: in the darkness surrounding us there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. We must take our responsibility seriously with music being one of the main guiding principles uniting diverse cultures…just what the IASJ has been doing for thirty years!!
Happy 30th birthday IASJ!!
From the IASJ Chairman
Dear IASJ family,
We are now living in very special times: almost all live performances, one-to-one teaching and even musicians getting together to jam and practice is forbidden. And also, first time in IASJ history we are forced to postphome our yearly meeting, which would have been our 30th anniversary celebration. I want to express my deepest gratitude to Keller Coker for stepping in last year and offering to host the meeting in just a short notice, and after the cancellation being immediately ready to host the meeting in 2022 in The New School, New York.
Whatever comes after this pandemic era, I do believe that the IASJ is one of the main platforms, the main concentration of knowledge, experience, inventiveness, energy and spirit to come out of this crisis, to build the new future. As we all are now finding new ways of performing, teaching and researching, the IASJ platform and network is the place to go.
I wish everybody all the best,
Jari Perkiömäki IASJ Chairman
From the IASJ Service Bureau
2020 IASJ Membership Fee
All IASJ member schools have received the request for payment of the IASJ membership fee for 2020. Thanks for taking care of the payment if you have done so.
Some requests are not yet fulfilled. In case of delay of payment because of the pandemic, please contact the IASJ Service Bureau to see which arrangement can be made.
The 2020 General Assembly
On Thursday 9 July 2020 at 3 pm (CET) the 2020 IASJ General Assembly will take place in an online version. Invited to the GA are members that are in good standing. Representatives of member schools will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting from the IASJ chairman, Jari Perikiömäki. The agenda is published on the main website of the IASJ. Attached to the agenda are reports that can be read before the GA takes place. Representatives of member schools and their female colleagues can stand for election to the board. Deadline for submitting candidature is 1 July 2020. If voting is needed, a system will be set up to vote online.
The minutes of the last GA, in Zagreb 2019 as well as the preliminary agenda of the 2020 online GA can be found here:
2021 IASJ Jazz Meeting, Munich, Germany: 5-10 July
The arrival day is Sunday 4 July 2021, Departure day Sunday 11 July. From Monday 5 July up to and including Saturday 10 July the activities take mainly place in the ‘Gassteig’ the cultural center in which the jazz department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
Head of the department is Claus Reichstaller. Andi Kissenbeck is the meeting coordinator. A ‘work-in-progress’ website:
The conference planned in 2020 is now schedules for mid-October 2021 in The Netherlands. More information will follow in the next IASJ Newsletter.
Collaborations, Initiatives, Platforms
As history shows us, after every world crisis, new developments in the arts and music appear. The IASJ is the network that contributes to and informs about new ideas, experiences and approaches. Following are some of the new initiatives. On the IASJ website, you can find updates.
The Digital Stage
Want to stay out of the claws of Zoom and Teams that are not designed for music anyway than maybe Digital Stage is something worth investigating. It is an initiative of major European institutions, still in an early phase of development.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for English. Next: go to ‘Start your Stage!’ You will find three options to choose from.
A FaceBook group by Ronan Guifoyle open to anyone interested in the teaching of jazz in this pandemic period. The group is particularly directed at teachers in institutions dealing with having to deliver individual, group lessons and all other lessons.