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Moving frontiers and shifting definitions: what has become a common everyday experience to us is also reflected in today’s music. Not only is the artificial borderline separating "serious" and "entertainment" music being atomised, but within the meticulously defined genres the boundaries are becoming blurred as well. Indian sitar sounds set to techno beats, jazzy offbeat rhythms going with Top 40 hits, or rock sounds flickering through tight compositions no longer surprise us. The Southwest German Radio (SWR) also responded to this development in its long-standing New Jazz Meeting in Baden-Baden. Thus, the 2002 festival programme seemed to embody a dictum from Theodor W. Adorno's essay Vers une musique informelle: "To make things though we might not know what they are." — Reinhard Kager (translated by Friederike Kulcsar)