After four years of intensive work, I finished my doctoral dissertation under the title “Restructuring Hierarchy Within and Between Jazz and Classical Orchestras” in May 2021 at the Kunst Uni Graz.
I hope you enjoy this work as much as I enjoyed doing it!
I would like to say a big thank you to Prof. Dr. Deniz Peters and the faculty of the Doctoral School for Artistic Research (KWDS) in Graz, to my internal advisers Prof. Dr. André Doehring and Prof. Ed Partyka for the immense support and motivation; to my external advisors Prof. Dr. Chris Stover and Prof. Rainer Tempel, to the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz for the great support during the last nine years of studies, and to all the musicians and technicians involved in this artistic research.
I would also like to thank my friends and family, who continually gave me the energy and motivation to keep going, as well as the external people who helped during the research process with interviews, tips, recommendations and critics: many thanks to Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza, Henk Heijink, Marjolein Fischer and Jolien Plat (from the Metropole Orkest), Arrigo Barnabé, João Maurício Galindo and Fábio Prado (from the Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo), Dr. Jens Badura, Dr. Barbara Lüneburg, Prof. Wolf Kerschek and Prof. Florian Geßler.
It was a luxury to be able to dedicate four years of my life to this doctoral research, in which financial considerations could, at least for a short period of time, be forgotten and the spirit of exploration, curiosity and enchantment of the new were the driving force. I hope you enjoy reading my account of this journey, and listening to the music that came to life during the project.
I would like to dedicate this work to my mother Maria do Carmo Cardoso Sampaio. She was born in a very poor family in Cicero Dantas (in Bahia, Brazil) and had the dream of learning how to read and write. She not only succeeded in that, but also became a professor and writer and finished her doctoral thesis in her 70s. She unfortunately passed away in January 2021, while I was finishing this dissertation, one of many reasons to express that she was my biggest inspiration to keep studying and investing my energy in my dreams, like she did!