Music @ the JCC East Bay
FRI, MAY 17, 7 PM
Cost: Member: $15 / General: $20
JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch
Clarinetist Ben Goldberg presents Archimedes Lullaby, a new work 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 Goldberg on clarinet. 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 Goldberg encountered while in residence at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy in 2017.
Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (San Francisco Chronicle), Goldberg 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 and has released over thirty records of his own compositions. His groups include: Invisible Guy; Orphic Machine; Unfold Ordinary Mind; The Cool Philosophy of Ben Goldberg; DIALOGUE, a duo with pianist/composer Myra Melford; the Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen; Ben Goldberg School; and Ben Goldberg’s Brainchild, an 11-piece ensemble performing his on-the-spot compositions. Goldberg plays in Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom and is on the Music faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He also runs BAG Production Records.
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, Taube Philanthropies, Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation, and the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund