Music as artistic performance

Professor Ola Karlsson spelar cello. 

One of KMH's strategic research areas is music as artistic performance. This area focuses on practice, on the making of the moment and the choices and opportunities the musician is given. It is based on the premise that there is a knowledge that, if visible and researched, can contribute to a knowledge development in other areas.

At a time when music is part of a global industry and largely recorded, it is important to emphasize the unique possibilities that music has as performance; a basic research based on music as a living art form.

Artistic practice as a method

KMH's research on music as an artistic design develops knowledge of qualities in musicians and people's encounters with music as well as new musical expressions, for example through the development of new concert forms and multimodal expressions. The research in music as artistic performance also includes interpretation processes, composition and creation, improvisation, creativity, cognition and perception, thus providing the conditions for the future development of music and music life itself.

In addition to the fact that artistic practice is an important method, this is an area where method development is often ongoing as part of the research projects. The projects are not rarely interdisciplinary, although the artistic performance usually forms the core.

Current research projects at KMH

Ongoing research projects such as those which involve genre-crossing improvisation, moving image as musical expression and Folk Song Lab, explore new forms of interactive musical creation at the moment, showing that research in musical performance is crucial to health, cognitive development, quality of life and identity creation.

At the moment, research is being carried out at KMH, which through performance explores how music traditions are developed and renewed. A better knowledge of how music and artistic creation of newcomers to Sweden can interact with existing music traditions and artistic creation processes contributes to sustainable social development.

KMH has particularly good opportunities to take up the challenge of society's digitization through knowledge development in various dimensions of music and music experience, to allow live music and acoustic, analogue music traditions to meet the new digital arenas of music creation, as well as to create spaces for musical interactivity. At the same time, digitalization of the music is a major challenge. Recorded music is easily accessible and constantly present through simplified music distribution and music consumption. An important task of KMH's research on music as artistic performance is to showcase the qualities of living music as aesthetic experience, but also to emphasize the dimensions of social expression, such as activity, movement, ritual and form of meetings and communication between people.

KMH has a long established institutional cooperation with Lund University in this research area. KMH has four professors and two lecturers who are active in research in this area.