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Genre Syncretism and Nationalism in Norwegian Jazz, 1970- Present: The Influence of Folk and Contemporary European Art Music Public Deposited
  • This paper examines the influence of Norwegian folk and contemporary European art music on the Norwegian jazz scene, cross-referencing historical trends since 1970 with contemporary jazz performances in Oslo. I investigate the role of nationalism and Norwegian national musical identity in the face of globalizing jazz influences and how notions of local musical character blend and conflict with conceptions of international European identity. I provide historical context by examining the role of Edvard Grieg in defining Norwegian national musical character and reflect on the current political and cultural position of Norway. Through important records including Torgrim Sollid’s 1975 Østerdalsmusikk, and Jan Garbarek’s 1972 Triptykon, the music on the ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) record label, and the music performed at contemporary jazz festivals including Ultima, Punkt, and Dølajazz, I explore how notions of Norwegian identity manifest in contemporary compositional and improvisational approaches and reflect ideas about Norwegianess in the face of globalization.

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  • 2022
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  • 2022-06-01
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