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 music from Haiti the Dominican Republic and elsewhere with jazz. Austerlitz has worked with musicians such as Doc Cheatham, Julius Hemphill, Dave Murray, Don Byron, Roswell Rudd, Jimmy Knepper, Ed Blackwell, Gunter Hampel, the poet Michael Harper, the Haitian Vodun-jazz group Foula, and the African jazz group of Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng.
Selmer bass clarinet, Bay bass clarinet mouthpiece, Boss multi-effects box
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“Journey is a successful sonic cornucopia.” - George Harris, AllAboutJazz-Los Angeles “An accomplished bass clarinetist, free-blowing improviser, and ethomusicologist, Austerlitz explores connections between Africa, merengue, and bebop.” -Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
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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
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
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The Vodou Horn
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