Ken Thomson (clarinet and bass clarinet) is a staple of New York City’s contemporary music and jazz communities -- an instrumentalist and composer widely regarded for his ability to blend a rich variety of influences and styles into his own musical language, while maintaining a voice unmistakably his own. With his quintet, Slow/Fast, he has toured internationally 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.” As a composer, he has released two discs, Thaw (Cantaloupe Music), of his compositions performed by the heralded JACK Quartet, and Restless (2016), featuring Ashley Bathgate and Karl Larson.  Ken has just released his new album Sextet (New Focus/Panoramic Records, Sept 2018) which will be accompanied by a US and Europe tour. He is also active as a freelance clarinetist in New York, performing with Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble, Novus, and more. He is a Conn-Selmer/Selmer Paris and D'Addario Woodwinds artist. More at www.ktonline.net.