Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast
It Would Be Easier If
Combining the sounds of chamber jazz and improvisational freedom with the coherence of contemporary classical composition, with an often distortion-laden twist, Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast bring together some of the outer-boroughs' great talents-- musicians who can perform challenging written music while bringing fire to improvisation.
Coming from his background performing with his punk/jazz quartet Gutbucket (touring to 19 countries and 33 US States) co-directing the Asphalt Orchestra (Lincoln Center, Barbican, etc), performing with chamber orchestra Signal, and having composed for the American Composers Orchestra and Bang on a Can, Thomson shapes the music of Slow/Fast through his unique filter. It is long-form and through-composed, with deliberate spaces for improvisation.