Ben Goldberg: Learned From Thelonious Monk (solo)
Saturday, September 23
Logan Center for the Arts: Penthouse
Beginning in 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (San Francisco Chronicle), clarinetist BEN GOLDBERG has established himself as “one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat). He has been described as an artist who “seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path" (NPR) and plays with “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising (New York Times). In 2015, Ben released Orphic Machine, a song-cycle performed by a nine-piece ensemble with lyrics from the “speculative poetics” of Allen Grossman. The Los Angeles Times described it as a “knotted and occasionally spooky composition marked by dazzling interplay.” In addition to his many bands and projects, he has worked with Myra Melford, Nels Cline, Kris Davis, and others.