Ken Thomson is a Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer. In demand as a composer and freelancer in many settings, he moves quickly between genres and scenes, bringing a fiery intensity and emotional commitment to every musical situation; Time Out NY called him “the hardest-working saxophonist in new-music show business.”
In addition to the All-Stars, Ken has bhttp://www.ktonline.neteen an anchoring force with Bang on a Can as music director and saxophonist with Asphalt Orchestra and as a faculty member of Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival at Mass MoCA.
With his quintet, Slow/Fast, he has toured and released two discs including "Settle" (NCM East Records, 2014) about which the Chicago Reader said, "Few musicians travel as assuredly and meaningfully between jazz and new music," and The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Thomson's compositions are intricately wrought and incident-steeped." His 2013 CD, "Thaw" (Cantaloupe Music), of his compositions performed by the heralded JACK Quartet was called the #1 Classical CD of 2013 by Rhapsody.com and listed on NPR’s “Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.”
Ken co-leads the chamber/punk/jazz band Gutbucket, with whom he has toured extensively throughout the USA and internationally over 16 years. He is also active as a freelance clarinetist in New York, performing with Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble, and many more.
As a composer, he has been commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Doug Perkins, and others, and has received awards from ASCAP and NewMusic USA. He is a Conn-Selmer/Selmer Paris and D'Addario Woodwinds Artist. www.ktonline.net