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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“Journey is a successful sonic cornucopia.”
- George Harris,
“An accomplished bass clarinetist,
free-blowing improviser, and
ethomusicologist, Austerlitz explores
connections between Africa, merengue,
-Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Associate 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
World music and jazz
New techniques on bass clarinet