Ken Thomson

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 has called him "the hardest-working saxophonist in new-music show business." 

He plays clarinet for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and leads the Asphalt Orchestra -- a 12-piece next-generation avant-garde marching band, called "cooly brilliant, infectious... top notch players" by The New York Times. He plays saxophone and is one of the three composers in the punk/jazz band Gutbucket, with whom he has toured internationally to 19 countries and 32 states over the course of more than a decade, and released CDs for Knitting Factory, Enja, NRW, Cantaloupe and Cuneiform Records. Thomson is on the faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.