Ken Thomson is a Brooklyn-based composer, clarinetist and saxophonist. He has recently released a CD of his compositions for the JACK Quartet, entitled ‘Thaw’ on Cantaloupe Music, which was featured in NPR‘s “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.” His latest project as a composer-performer, called Slow/Fast, was created to meld jazz and contemporary music with a personal bent. The group released its second CD, ‘Settle’ internationally on NCM East Records in 2014. He plays clarinet for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, is the musical director for the Asphalt Orchestra, plays saxophone, and is one of the 3 composers in the punk/jazz band Gutbucket, with whom he has toured internationally to nineteen countries and 32 states over fourteen years.
He has been commissioned by Bang on a Can, the True/False Film Festival, and others, and has received awards from New Music USA, ASCAP and Meet the Composer. Ken has also been commissioned by American Composers Orchestra and played at Carnegie Hall. He is a Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer Artist, a D’Addario Reeds artist.