The effect of outside genres on techniques and devices in modern jazz composition (1988-2008) : a thesis submitted to Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington in fulfillment of the degree Master of Music (Performance), New Zealand School of Music, 2009

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This is a study involving research, analysis and performance of music composed by jazz artists in the last twenty years. The focus of this discussion will be on the influence of several outside genres on the music of these jazz composers. In particular it will examine transcriptions of works by composers including Dave Holland, John Scofield, Hiromi Uehara, Nils Wogram, Christian McBride, Bill Frisell, Kenny Garrett and Pat Metheny. The analysis of these transcriptions will examine the devices the composers have used such as counterpoint, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, melody, time signatures, form et al. and assess how any outside genres may have affected these devices. Furthermore the analysed compositions will be performed in a recital setting, as well as a portfolio of compositions written by myself using the techniques gathered from my analysis.
Jazz composition, Jazz history and criticism, Jazz musicians, Jazz technique, New Zealand