Paul Austerlitz's Afro-Dominican Jazz Project.
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 a composer, Austerlitz weds his backgrounds in jazz and ethnomusicology, producing works that incorporate the music 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.
In addition to his compositions and musical performances based in the traditional music of the island, Paul has contributed to the Criollo Dominican Music Movement with his field research in the Dominican Republic and Haiti and his publications. His books, "Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity", and "A Bass Clarinet in Santo Dominigo and Detroit" are part of his contribution to the contemporaneous re-evaluation of the Criollo Dominican identity outside and inside the artistic movement.
Since the 1980s, visionary, song-writer, drummer, dancer, and singer JOSÉ DULUC has championed pride in the African origins of Dominican culture and produced hits of Afro-Dominican roots music such as “La ciguapa” (which went platinum) and “Carnaval para a gozar” (a carnival theme song). A long-time collaborator with Paul Austerlitz, he contributes his skills as a dancer and singer as well as drummer to the Afro-Dominican Jazz Project.
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