Born: August 26, 1957
Reed player, composer, and ethnomusicologist Paul Austerlitz combines his background as an ethnomusicologist specializing in Afro-Caribbean music with his creative work as a jazz musician. As an instrumentalist, Austerlitz has dedicated himself to mastering the bass and contrabass clarinets. He also plays Bb (soprano) clarinet and tenor saxophone. As a composer, Austerlitz weds his backgrounds in jazz and ethnomusicology, producing works that incorporate the musics that he researches. He has been especially active in blending Latin and Caribbean music from the Dominican Republic and elsewhere with free forms of jazz....
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â€śAn accomplished bass clarinetist, free-blowing improviser, and ethomusicologist, Austerlitz explores connections between Africa, merengue, and bebop.â€ť -Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
Primary InstrumentSax, tenor
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundAssociate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Africana Studies, Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Gettysburg College 2006-present Assistant Professor of Music and Africana Studies, Brown University 1997-2005
Clinic/Workshop InformationWorld music and jazz New techniques on bass clarinet