Les surprises du jazz

Les surprises du jazz


Sorbonne Nouvelle
IRET/ Labo SeFeA and UFR Arts et médias

In partnership with Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Université des Antilles, and Louisiana State University

Jazz Aesthetics: Scene and Images
9th Edition

Jazz Surprises
At the Lavoir Moderne Parisien
November 18 – 19, 2022

Frankly, every time one of the guys in the orchestra gets up to the soloist’s microphone, it’s always exciting for me, because you never know what he’s going to say until you hear it[1]. Count Basie

Unpredictability is part of the jazz spirit and its energy of salvation. Never being where you are expected, creating a surprise, provoking the unexpected in order to escape, break away and be reborn elsewhere. Surprise is consubstantial with jazz aesthetics on a musical level, but also on plastic, cinematographic, choreographic, dramaturgical and scenic levels. These jazz surprises, which lie notably in rhythm and in all sorts of inventions resulting from chance or providence, are the heart of our reflection for this 9th edition of the symposium. Jazz surprises are numerous and appear in thousands of artistic adventures and creative anecdotes involving musicians, actors, authors, dancers, filmmakers, etc., on whom we wish to put a spotlight… or a cymbal!

[1] Count Basie, qtd. in Albert Murray, Good Morning Blues.