Paul Berliner

Arts and Sciences Professor Emeritus of Music

Office: 
105 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
90665

Education

  • PhD Doctor in Humane Letters (Honorary) 2003, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  • Ph.D. 1974, Wesleyan University
  • M.A. 1970, Wesleyan University
  • B.A. 1969, Antioch College

Berliner, PF. Thinking In Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation. The University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Berliner, PF. The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe. The University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Berliner, PF. The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe. University of California Press, 1981.

Berliner, PF. The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe. The University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Berliner, PF. "photograph of mbira performance techique." appears in Christine Lucia’s book, Music notation: A South African Guide. Unisa Press, 2010.

Berliner, PF. "Grasping Shona Artworks: A Case Study of Zimbabwean Mbira Music." Art from Start to Finish: Jazz, Painting, Writing and Other Improvisations. Ed. H Becker, R Faulkner, and B Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. The University of Chicago Press, 2006. 126-134.

Berliner, PF. "Thinking in Jazz: Improvisation as Composition." Challenges in Norwegian Jazz Research. Trondheim, Norway: Institututt for Musikk, NTNU, 2002. 65-73.

Berliner, PF. "Las Vicisitudes del Solista/Les Viciissittudes du Doliste." Doce/Notas Preliminares. 2002. 91-108.

Berliner, PF. "The Collective Aspects of Jazz Improvisation." Creativity in Performance. Ed. K Sawyer. 1996.

Berliner, PF. "The Relationship Between the Mbira and the Mbira Player." Art in Small Scale Societies: Contemporary Readings. Ed. KL Field and RL Anderson. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1993.

Berliner, PF. "“Art Farmer on Jazz Learning and Improvisation”." Jazzforschung / Jazz Research Volume 39 (December 2007). (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "Thinking in Jazz." Jazz Changes 1.2 (1994): 16-27. (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "Composing in the moment." Jazz Educators Journal 26.4 (1994): 28-36. (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "Crips, Licks and Jamming: The Implications of Traditional Jazz Learning for the University." Fanfare Magazine (March 1982): 6-10. (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "The Artistry of John Kunaka, Master Mbira Maker." African Arts 14.1 (November 1980): 61-67. (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "Political Sentiment in Shona Song and Oral Literature." Essays in Arts and Science 6.3 (March 1977): 1-29. (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "The Poetic Song Texts Accompanying The Mbira Dza Vadzimu." Ethnomusicology 20.3 (September 1976): 451-481. (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "Vocal Styles Accompanying the Mbira Dza Vadzimu." Zambezia (March 1975): 103-104. (Academic Article)

Berliner, PF. "Music and Spirit Possession At a Shona Bira." African Music 5.4 (1975): 130-139. (Academic Article)

Pages

The Soul of Mbira and Zimbabwe: Shona Mbira Music. Musician. (2002)

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P.F. Berliner, Zimbabwe: The Soul of Mbira and Zimbabwe: Shona Mbira Music, Berliner ethnographic recordings re-released as CDs for worldwide distribution (2002)

Earth: Voices of A Planet (The Paul Winter Consort). Musician. (1989)

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P.F. Berliner, Earth: Voices of A Planet (The Paul Winter Consort) (1989), Living Music LD0019 (The album was nominated for a NARAS Grammy Award.)

Claudia Schmidt. Musician. (1979)

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P.F. Berliner, Claudia Schmidt (1979), Flying Fish Records FF 066

The Sun Rises Late Here. Musician. (1979)

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P.F. Berliner with KUDU, The Sun Rises Late Here (1979), Flying Fish Records FF092 (The album was nominated for a NARAS Grammy Award.)

Common Ground (The Paul Winter Consort). Musician. (1978)

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P.F. Berliner, Common Ground (The Paul Winter Consort) (1978), A & M Records SP 4698

Shona Mbira Music. Musician. (1977)

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P.F. Berliner, Shona Mbira Music, Nonesuch Records World Explorer Series H-72077

The Soul of Mbira. Musician. (1973)

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P.F. Berliner, The Soul of Mbira, Nonesuch Records World Explorer Series H-72054 (1973) (The album was nominated for a NARAS Grammy Award (special issue released as a CD in Japan, 1994).)

Paul Berliner: Commissions, 2007. Musician. (2007)

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Performances, Residences Invited Lectures/ Performances

National USA "Soul of Mbira" Tour featuring the Zimbabwe Group Leaders Mbira Ensemble. Musician. (1999)

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September 21 - November 14, 1999