Performing and Fine Arts
|Wednesdays||3 - 5 p.m.|
Degree Institution Field Dates PhD Graduate Center / CUNY Ethnomusicology 2013 MA Queens College / CUNY Jazz Performance 2001 BA Grinnell College Music 1996
Areas of Expertise
- bass (electric & upright)
pedagogy of improvisation
Books in Field Of Expertise
Zlabinger, Tom. FREE FROM JAZZ: The Jazz and Improvised Music Scene in Vienna after Ossiach (1971-2011). Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013. 352.
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Zlabinger, Tom. "Welcoming Freedom: A Personal Evolution in Teaching Musical Improvisation in New York." American Music Review. 42.2 2013: 20-23.
Zlabinger, Tom. "NYC Jazz Educators Unite! A Plan of Action to Improve our Pedagogy of Jazz." Crescendo. 22.1 2012: 1.
Zlabinger, Tom. "A Fusion of Responsibilities: The Result of Seven Years of Ensemble Direction at York College." DisCover: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching. 3.1 2011: 93-99.
Chapters in Field Of Expertise
Zlabinger, Tom. "Listening to the 24th Century: Music and Musicians Heard Throughout the Voyages of the Enterprise-D (and some of the Enterprise-E)." Immersed in the Final Frontier: Historical and Cultural Readings of Star Trek: The Next Generation. in press (expected 2017): 23 (double-spaced).
Zlabinger, Tom. "I Often Feel like a Unicorn." Specialists: Passions and Careers. in press (expected 2016): 5 (double-spaced).
Zlabinger, Tom. "Hearing the Force: Manifestations and Transformations of Music from Far, Far Away." A Galaxy Here and Now: Historical and Cultural Readings of Star Wars. 2016: 7-32.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Jazz: Come On and Let's Get Free." The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Vol. 1. 2016: 494-507.
Zlabinger, Tom. "‘We Could Never Follow What You Did’: The Who and the Concert for New York City." The Who and Philosophy. 2016: 223-236.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Listening to The Endless: Music and Musicians in Neil Gaiman’s Extended Sandman Universe." Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century: Essays on the Novels, Children’s Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works. 2015: 238-251.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Listening to Yellow: Music and Musicians as Heard and Seen in The Simpsons." The Simpsons Did It! Postmodernity in Yellow. 2015: 177-216.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Listening Deeply to Lebowski: One Fan’s Attempt to Draw a Musical Map surrounding The Dude." Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski. 2014: 96-109.
Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise
Zlabinger, Tom. "Enjoying the Shadow: An Examination of the Expanding Scope of Themes in Duke Ellington’s Music." International Association of Jazz Education Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook. 2005: 39-45.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Freedom Suite Repeat: A Look at Sonny Rollins’ Original Work in Comparison to Two Recent Reconstructions by Branford Marsalis and David S. Ware." International Association of Jazz Education Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook. 2004: 151-4.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Dymaxion Jazz: Ornette Coleman’s Use of Buckminster Fuller’s Theories for Inspiration and Validation." International Association of Jazz Education Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook. 2003: 175-8.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Two Worlds Collide: The Influence of Karlheinz Stockhausen on Miles Davis." International Association of Jazz Education Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook. 2002: 34-9.
Zlabinger, Tom. "Reinventing Tradition: The Extended Works of Charles Mingus." International Association of Jazz Education Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook. 2001: 108-12.
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" Rave Up: The Yardbirds’ Up-Tempo Transformation of the Blues " October 2016: International Conference on the Blues. Delta State University. Cleveland, MS.
" New York Avenue Records: Compilation Vol. 2 (CD) - original music by York College students " May 2016: New York Avenue Records. Jamaica, NY.
" Winning Alone: A Gameful Approach to Solo Musical Improvisation " January 2016: CUNY Games Festival 3.0, Graduate Center, New York, NY.
" Bringing DIY to Academia: The Story of New York Avenue Records " October 2015: CETL Presentation.
" New York Avenue Records: Compilation Vol. 1 (CD) - original music by York College students " May 2015: New York Avenue Records. Jamaica, NY.
" Guest Conductor, Jazz Ensemble " February 2015: All-County Middle School Festival. Brooklyn, NY.
" The Gamification of a Jazz Rehearsal " January 2015: CUNY Games Festival 2.0, Graduate Center, New York, NY.
" ‘Get It Together:’ A Fusion of Classroom and Jam Session " December 2014: New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference.Rochester, NY. December 2014.
" Robot Man, Will You Sing? Visions of Jazz Automatons " September 2014: Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium, Guelph, Canada.
" Why We Improvise: An Interactive Presentation " June 2014: International Society for Improvised Music Conference, The New School, New York, NY.
" Guest Conductor, Honors Jazz Ensemble Honors Music Festival of Music for High School Students " March 2014: Grand Street High School, Brooklyn, NY.
" William Hooker’s live soundtrack to Oscar Micheaux’s silent film Body and Soul (1925) " February 2014: Lincoln Center, New York, NY.
" Teaching the Art and Sound of Video Games Across Two Disciplines " January 2014: CUNY Games Festival, Graduate Center, New York, NY.
" Free to Leave, Free to Stay: Teaching Improvisation in Large Ensembles on a Spectrum from Inside to Outside " November 2013: Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
" Widening the Spectrum of Taught Musical Improvisation: The Story of the York College Creative Ensemble " September 2013: Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium, Guelph, Canada.
" PROVOST LECTURE: Jazz and Improvised Music in Vienna " September 2013: York College / CUNY.
" International Society for Improvised Music Conference: Cross-Cultural Improvisation Workshops and Performances " July 2013: York College / CUNY.
" Beginning Improv…Have No Fear! " May 2013: Sponsored by the Music Educators Association of New York City (MEANYC), United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Headquarters.
" Multiplayer Classroom: Team-Teaching the Art and Sound of Video Games across Two Disciplines (with Sarah Kate Gillespie) " April 2013: CETL Presentation.
" OUTSIGHT (CD) with Ras Moshe " 2013: straw2gold.
" Man in the Mirror: Reflections on Michael Jackson (with Martin Atangana, LaForrest Cope, Mychel Namphy, and George White) " March 2013: African American Resource Center.
" Guest Conductor, Inaugural Festival of Music for High School Students " March 2013: Grand Street High School, Brooklyn, NY.
" Guest Conductor, Black Stars of the Great White Way! (with Chapman Roberts and Ben Vereen) " February 2013: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Bayside, NY.
" Send Out Signals (CD) with Tom DeSteno, Mat Lavelle, and Ras Moshe " 2012: Unseen Rain.
" Towards a Literature of Improvised Music and its Pedagogy " September 2012: Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium, Guelph, Canada.
" Jazz Education = Improvisation, Collaboration, Innovation " June 2012: Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York, NY.
" Life in the Key of Love: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder (with Martin Atangana, LaForrest Cope, Mychel Namphy, and George White) " March 2012: African American Resource Center.
" Guest Conductor, Junior High School All-County Jazz Ensemble " March 2012: Suffolk Count Music Educators' Association All-County Music Festival, Monticello, NY.
" Resources for Learning and Teaching Musical Improvisation " February 2012: International Society for Improvised Music Conference, William Paterson University.
" Symphony of Souls (CD) with Jason Kao Hwang’s Spontaneous River " 2011: Mulatta Records.
" Butch Morris' Lucky Cheng Orchestra " September - December 2011: Lucky Cheng's, New York, NY.
" Innovative Music in Education " June 2011: Vision Festival, New York, NY.
" Korea 21 (with AUX and Silk Road) " May 2011: Symphony Space, New York, NY.
" MOMENT MUSIC Wien 2011 Residency " April 2011: Kollektiv Akt III, moë, Vienna, Austria.
" DAILY NEWS FEATURE: High Note - A Big Band of NYC High Schoolers Battles for a National Title " February 2011: Daily News.
" MACROSCOPIA (CD) with Daniel Carter, Claire DeBrunner, and Ken Silverman " 2010: métier jazz.
" Red, White, but Where's the Blues? Observations on Contemporary Jazz and Improvised Music in Vienna from One New Yorker’s Perspective " June 2010: Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria.
" The reformARTtrio (with Walter Malli and Fritz Novotny) " January 2010: Alte Schmiede, Vienna, Austria.
" Tom Zlabinger Trio (with Ras Moshe and Gunter Gruner) " October 2009: Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY.
" Integrating Innovative Music in Our Schools " June 2009: Vision Festival, New York, NY.
" NoisyTownGroove (with Lukas Ligeti and Daniel Pabst) " June 2009: Fluk and V.E.E.K.S., Vienna, Austria.
" The Reform Art Unit Quintet (with Johannes Groysbeck, Hans Heisz, Sepp Mitterbauer, and Fritz Novotny) " May 2009: Alte Schmiede, Vienna, Austria.
" Tom Zlabinger Vienna Trio (with Lukas König and Franz Oberthaler) " January 2009: Blue Tomato, Vienna, Austria.
" The Ghost Dog Tour Compilation (CD) with Jim Ryan " 2008: Edgetone Records.
" Guest Performer and Composer (with JazzWerkstatt Wien) " December 2008: Open Source Composers Festival, Vienna, Austria.
" William Parker’s Introscopic Orchestra " May 2008: The Living Theatre, New York, NY.
" Marco Eneidi's ITCHYSCRATCHY AUDIOMAZE (with Hans Falb, Andreas Menrath, Martin Siewert, and Damon Smith) " March 2008: Blue Tomato, Vienna, Austria.
" Where Do I Belong? Creoles of Color and Music in the U.S. Before and After the Civil War " March 2007: CLASSified Information Conference, LaGuardia Community College / CUNY, Long Island City, NY.
" From My Hometown (R&B/soul review) " July - August 2007: The Gramercy Theatre (Off-Broadway).
" Towards Electricity: Miles Davis' Transition from Acoustic to Electric Ensembles " March 2003: Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, Ramapo College.
" Transparent Sunrise (CD) with The Willie August Project " 1999: DiPhoCal Records.
Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
Distinguished Faculty Award, York College Alumni Association: May 2016.
Keeping Jazz Alive Award, Bartlett Foundation: September 2015.
Outstanding Leadership Award, York College Student Government: June 2015.
Excellence in Teaching Award, Sigma Alpha Pi: The National Society of Leadership and Success: May 2014.
Deans’s Award for Enhancing Student Research: April 2014.
President’s Award for Enhancing Student Research: April 2013.
Provost’s Award for Enhancing Student Research: April 2012.
Finalist, York College Blue Notes, Charles Mingus High School Competition: February 2012.
Presidential Award for Outstanding Service: September 2011.
Finalist, York College Blue Notes, Charles Mingus High School Competition: February 2011.
Finalist, York College Blue Notes, Charles Mingus High School Competition: February 2010.
Community Service Award, Eta Theta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: February 2008.