Kathryn Metz‘s first Trepanning Trio performance was a trial by fire. She brought a flute to an improvised set featuring klangenspiel, godbass, windup toy guts, hang, pan trees, bird calls, latex pig, saw blades, and a toy piano. In response, Kathryn broke into song like Ethel Merman. It was obviously meant to be.
Kathryn is the Education Instructor at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH where she teaches K-12 students on-site and through videoconferencing, co-produces public programs and is a SAGES fellow at Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from The University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, “Music from Amazonia: Roots, Cosmopolitanism, and Regional Expression in Iquitos, Peru” (2010) is about pop music and regional identity in the urban Peruvian Amazon. A trained flutist, Kathryn has performed in bossa nova, Andean, Brazilian pop and Afro-pop groups in Austin, Texas and in salsa and cumbia bands in Iquitos, Peru. She has also played some bluegrass mandolin, was required to learn the drumset at the Rock Hall and studied some gyl in Ghana and suling in Bali. She is an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US. Kathryn has a chapter on tecnocumbia in an edited volume forthcoming from Duke University Press.