Visiting Assistant Professor
Classes: MUHI 310 (Music Cultures of the World), MUHI 434 (Viennese Classicism), SAGES
Degree: Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, UCLA, 2018
AJ Kluth is a writer, saxophonist, and improviser whose research focuses on American musical experimentalisms (avant-garde/experimentalism, jazz studies, critical improvisation studies), music of the African Diaspora, continental aesthetics, and contemporary theories of interpretation (philosophical hermeneutics). His publications appear in the Journal of Jazz Studies (forthcoming), The International Journal of New Media, Technology, and the Arts, DownBeat Magazine, and Ethnomusicology Review’s “Sounding Board,” in addition to a book comprising a collection of transcribed solos by saxophonist Chris Potter.
Outside of his academic work, Kluth is an accomplished saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. He has released two albums with OA2 Records and worked across musical genres in the Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles markets and has contributed to jazz education as a teaching artist for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz’s “Jazz in the Classroom” outreach program.