World Music in Austin

As part of my musical journey I enjoy playing with musicians from many different traditions and in many places around the world.  I feel fortunate that there are so many opportunities right here in Austin to hear and play world music.  My bands Manteca Beat and My Exotic Other explore world music as part of our musical philosophy, and I am adding a new twist to some of my public shows: slideshow presentations of my travels to other regions in the U.S. and other countries, accompanied by live music from those places.

My music collaborations include the group Sangeet Millennium, which explores Indian and Jazz fusions, and Ivory Ghost, which features Afro-Beat sounds.  In addition there are a couple new resources in Austin, which I am excited to be part of: Wobeon.com, a world music umbrella website (World Beat Online); and a great new Latin Jazz Jam which happens every Tuesday at Jax (29th & Guadalupe), 8:00-11:00pm.

Please email me info on any other world music events in Austin, and I’ll pass the info on!

 

-Paul Klemperer

SXSW Wrapup 2010

 

South By Southwest was bigger than ever and, to quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times and the worst of times.”

 

There were a lot of interesting bands from around the world, and the umbrella genre of world music was well represented at clubs and parties around town. The jazz offerings, on the other hand, seemed to have shrunk from years past.

 

I was fortunate to be able to offer a world music sampler showcase at the Butterfly Bar of the Vortex Theater. We had the show March 13, and featured local groups Sangeet Millennium, Ethereal Spectrum, and my band Manteca Beat. It was a pretty magical evening.

 

During the week I also played shows with Larry Lange and the Lonely Knights, kicking the blues and swamp pop at Tom’s Taboley, Guero’s, the Broken Spoke, and the G & S Lounge.

 

One of the high points of the SXSW week was playing with Bett Butler and Joel Dilley at the Elephant Room. They are a wonderful jazz duo from San Antonio and I hope to do more music with them soon.

 

One of the low points of the week was trying to get to my downtown gigs while dodging drunks, thick crowds, and miserable parking. But that’s just normal working conditions these days. Builds character.

Thanks to everyone who made the week a full and inspiring experience!  A special shout-out to my sister Joyce Klemperer who attended SXSW this year and shot a lot of video of my shows.  Keep an eye out for various clips as we edit and post them.

- Paul Klemperer