Archimedes Lullaby

Archimedes Lullaby
with Ben Goldberg, Kasey Knudsen, Michael Coleman, Hamir Atwal, and Jon Arkin

Cost - Member: $15 / General: $20
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg presents Archimedes Lullaby, a new work for improvising quintet with live electronics. The piece is inspired by Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s 2010 book-length poem Heavenly Questions, a meticulous inquiry into love and connection at the end of life, which Ben encountered while in residence at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy in 2017.

The music of Archimedes Lullaby reflects Ben’s ongoing concern with the intersection of form, counterpoint, and improvisation, along with a recent interest in live electronic processing during performance, for example as reflected in PRACTITIONER, his recent record with Michael Coleman. The work is scored for a quintet consisting of some of the most important improvising musicians in the Bay Area: Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, Michael Coleman on keyboards, Hamir Atwal on drums, Jon Arkin on live electronics, and Ben on clarinet. Over the years, Ben Goldberg has presented significant performances in conjunction with the JCC East Bay. In 1992 the Jewish Music Festival presented an early concert of Ben’s New Klezmer Trio -- the group that “kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music” (SF Chronicle) -- and in 2012 the festival hosted the world premier of his genre-breaking song-cycle Orphic Machine. Along the way, he has shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation across many genres and styles. The New York Times has noted that Ben’s music “conveys a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pulling apart.” He has twice been named Rising Star Clarinetist by Downbeat Magazine. This work is supported in part by a grant from the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program.


We are grateful for the support of: Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Koret Foundation, Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, and Taube Philanthropies