Born in Boston, MA, Paul discovered jazz at an early age, sneaking into smokey clubs by age 13. He studied with jazz legends Archie Shepp, Max Roach and Ray Copeland before moving to Austin in 1982. There he worked with many great artists in the blues, roots and jazz traditions, such as Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, Doyle Bramhall, Malford Milligan.
Paul earned his master’s degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas in 1991. He teaches private and group classes in clarinet & saxophone, jazz history & theory, and issues in music & culture. He also writes fiction and essays.
Paul has produced five CD’s representing the groups he leads: Manteca Beat (classic R&B, Latin, jazz, and international cabaret), My Exotic Other (world music), The Klemperer Group (acid jazz & experimental), and Paul’s original jazz and pop compositions. He has toured nationally and internationally for over 30 years, and continues to divide his time between Austin and the road, bringing his soulful saxophone sound across the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.
His website is www.pksax.com
Stefan Xhori, Violin
Stefan Xhori, an Albanian native, moved to US in 1993 and engaged in violin playing and teaching around Philadelphia. Since then he’s been part of many orchestras and other chamber music groups. He’s the assistant concertmaster of Allentown Symphony, a member of Delaware, Reading and Kennett symphonies, as well as a member of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. He appeared as a soloist two times with Dover Symphony. In chamber music he performs with Lyra Ensemble in trio and quartet, and is the first violinist of Iliria String Quartet. Over the years he has given many recitals in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area. Stefan has been with the Chanticleer String Quartet since 2014.
Caroline Klemperer Green, Violin
A Richmond Indiana native, Klemperer-Green has been performing and teaching in New York City since 1997. She returns to Indiana each summer to direct the music camp Fiddle Faddle and to tour with the Chanticleer String Quartet, which she founded in 1977. She received a Bachelor of Arts in German from Earlham College and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Peabody Conservatory. She attended graduate schools at Ohio State and Indiana University. Klemperer-Green has performed in festivals in Cummington, MA, in Mexico City, Aspen, CO, Cornwall, England, Claremont, CA, Eugene, OR and Austin, TX. She plays professionally in orchestras and chamber groups in the United States and Europe and has recorded for the West German radio. In 1993, Klemperer-Green was awarded a master Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. She has been a panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission and Chamber Music America and a frequent speaker on "Creativity in Performance." She has written and performed children's musical programs since 1977 and has toured with these shows in many parts of the US and in Russia. She also guides young people in creating and performing their own musical productions.
Jennifer Smith, Viola
A native of New York, Jennifer has been playing with the Chanticleer Quartet since 1991. She joined Montana's Great Falls Symphony and Cascade Quartet as principal viola following doctoral studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Together with degrees from Yale and Peabody Conservatory her educations includes teachers Heidi Castleman, Karen Tuttle, Jesse Levine and William Lincer, the Tokyo and American String Quartets. Smith also is adjunct faculty at the University of Great Falls and teaches at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana. She has performed internationally, including the Aspen, Evian and Spoleto Music Festivals, received a Professional Development Grant through the MT Arts Council in 1999, premiered Dan Bukvich's Viola Concerto with the Great Falls Symphony in 2003 and been published in the American String Teacher magazine. More recently she toured Peru and Guatemala in July of 2004 as part of the prestigious Fulbright-Hays group seminar, and has been the President of the Montana chapter of ASTA (American String Teachers Association). In 2008 she received the Artist*Wilderness*Connection program Artist in Residency grant, resulting in the performance piece Crossing Boundaries: Musings on Bach in the Backcountry.
Elizabeth Gottling Mendoza, Cello
Currently residing in Havertown, PA, Mendoza plays with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, the PA Sinfonia as well as other orchestras in the Philadelphia area. She received her B.M. from Peabody Conservatory and her M.M. from the Cincinnati Conservatory. She was Principal Cellist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 1996, where she met Caroline Klemperer-Green. Mendoza has been the director of the chamber orchestra and instrumental chamber music at the Rudolph Steiner High School in Ann Arbor, MI where she also played with the Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony Orchestras and the Michigan Opera Theater. Mendoza joined the Chanticleer String Quartet in 1995.