Born: July 17, 1952 Primary Instrument: Flute
Ethnomusicologist, performer, teacher. Doctorate in music from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (Ph.D., 1998). Associate professor, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, Texas.
Born in New York City, I have been a New Yorker for much of my adult life, although my idyllic summers and many winters of my youth were spent in the deep woods of Minisink Hills, Pennsylvania. My bassist daughter Eleonore Oppenheim still lives in the city, where she performs with Missy Mazzoli's Victoire and other ensembles, and is pursuing a doctorate in music from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.
My San Antonio-based jazz-world group, Katchie & Le Monde Caché (the hidden world) performs Great Global Songbook; a jazz-based mix of modern and antique genres from Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean. The ensemble includes the superb saxophonist Richard Oppenheim. I play flutes and sing in several languages.
A recipient of two Fulbright Senior Specialist awards, I have conducted workshops and residencies in West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East. I continue to perform and travel as academic obligations allow.
Awards:Fulbright Senior Specialist
Mark Holen's Zambomba: Noches Flamencas (Harriton Carved Wax, 2005)
A Mumbai of the Mind: Ferlinghetti Improvisations (Harriton Carved Wax, 2003)
La Faute de la Musique: Songs of John Cage (Harriton Carved Wax, 2003)
Soulmates (Pacific Street/Harriton Carved Wax, 1999)
Live! At the Deer Head Inn (Harriton Carved Wax, 1994)
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San Antonio, TX
Associate Professor of Music, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX
Topics include: jazz performance, improvisational traditions of the world, John Cage's indeterminacy