Zlabinger, Thomas

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-2412
Office Location: AC-1B11
tzlabinger@york.cuny.edu
http://www.tomzlabinger.com/

Office Hours  
Wednesdays  2 - 4 p.m. 

Education

Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Graduate Center / CUNY  Ethnomusicology  2013 
MA  Queens College / CUNY  Jazz Performance  2001 
BA  Grinnell College  Music  1996 
Dr. Tom Zlabinger is assistant professor of music at York College / CUNY and is the director of the York College Big Band and the York College Blue Notes & Summer Jazz Program. He is a professional bass player and an ethnomusicologist. Tom has performed with a wide range of musicians including Marshall Allen, Glenn Branca, Lukas Foss, Eddie Gale, Wycliffe Gordon, William Hooker, Lukas Ligeti, Emeline Michel, Butch Morris, Berne Nix, and William Parker.

Areas of Expertise

bass (electric & upright)
conducting
ethnomusicology
improvisation
jazz education
jazz history
jazz performance
pedagogy of improvisation
video games

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.

Non 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.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Zlabinger, Tom. "Listening to Yellow: Music as Heard and Seen in The Simpsons." The Simpsons Did It! Postmodernity in Yellow. in contract: .

Zlabinger, Tom. "Listening to The Endless: Music and Musicians in Neil Gaiman’s Extended Sandman Universe.." Essays on Neil Gaiman. in contract: .

Zlabinger, Tom. "Come On and Let's Get Free: Moments of Cultural Borrowing, Destabilization, and Decolonization in Jazz." The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. in press: 35 (double-spaced).

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.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" 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

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.

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Zlabinger, Thomas
 

Zlabinger, Thomas
Assistant Professor
Performing and Fine Arts