KEN THOMSON alto saxophone, managing director

Ken ThomsonKen Thomson is a Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer.  Called “the hardest-working saxophonist in new-music show business” by Time Out NY, he plays saxophone and is one of the 3 composers in the punk/jazz band Gutbucket, with whom he has toured internationally and released CDs for Knitting Factory, Enja, NRW, Cantaloupe and Cuneiform Records.  He has created a new project of exclusively his music called Slow/Fast that debuted at John Zorn’s club “The Stone” in November 2008. He is a faculty member at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and Institute, and co-leads Asphalt Orchestra. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can, the True/False Film Festival, and others. As a saxophonist and clarinetist, he is a member of  World/Inferno Friendship Society, next-generation chamber orchestra Signal, Jody Redhage’s art-song/world-jazz group Fire in July, the all-improvised No Net Trio, and was a co-founder of punk/chamber composer-performer collective Anti-Social Music.

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