Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities


Project Summary

This project examined the inherited traditions and practices of European jazz cultures in Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom. It was the first collaborative humanities project to explore the complexities of jazz as a transnational practice and its relationship with changing European identities.

The project developed new insights into cultural exchanges and dynamics between different countries, groups and related media. Rhythm Changes was broken into five distinct subprojects that linked directly into the theme of Cultural Dynamics. The project aimed to develop a broader understanding of the relationship between:

  • counterpoint
  • tradition and myth
  • community
  • identity

Over a three-year period, Rhythm Changes achieved a significant impact on the field of jazz studies, generating a body of work that has challenged the way in which jazz cultures are represented and understood. The project offered a model for cross-disciplinary working, networking, and knowledge exchange.

Prof. Tony Whyton

Project Leader

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom


Project Partners

Prof. Tony Whyton

Project Leader

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom

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Dr Anne Devinge

University of Copenhagen
Denmark

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Prof. George McKay

University of East Anglia
United Kingdom

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Dr Petter Frost Fadnes

University of Stavanger
Norway

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Prof. Walter van de Leur

University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Prof. Franz Kerschbaumer

University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz
Austria

  • Birmingham City University

    Birmingham City University

    The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7BD, UK

  • University of Copenhagen

    University of Copenhagen

    Nørregade 10, 1165 København, Denmark

  • University of East Anglia

    University of East Anglia

    Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

  • University of Stavanger

    University of Stavanger

    Kjell Arholmsgate 41, 4036 Stavanger, Norway

  • University of Amsterdam

    University of Amsterdam

    1012 WX Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz

    University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz

    Leonhardstraße 15, 8010 Graz, Austria