“Few musicians travel as assuredly and meaningfully between jazz and new music as saxophonist Ken Thomson.” – Chicago Reader. Ken Thomson’s (Bang on a Can, Gutbucket, Asphalt Orchestra) Sextet performs a rare Brooklyn show featuring music written since the group’s debut CD, released Fall 2018, which was listed as Best of 2018 by Second Inversion and AnEarful, and of which WNYC writes, “they manage to create a sound much bigger and juicier than the sum of their parts” and the NYC Jazz Record calls “immensely enjoyable, thrilling.”
Bearthoven [ \’bâr-toh-vən\ ] is a piano trio creating a new repertoire for a familiar instrumentation by commissioning works from leading young composers. Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (bass), and Matt Evans (percussion) have combined their individual voices and diverse musical backgrounds, coming together to create a versatile trio focused on frequent and innovative commissioning of up-and-coming composers. Bearthoven is rapidly building a diverse repertoire by challenging composers to apply their own voice to an instrumentation that, while common amongst jazz and pop idioms, is currently foreign in the contemporary classical world.