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Ken Thomson

Bang on a Can All-Star and reed guru Ken Thomson is a passionate performer and also a composer increasingly known for his harmonic and rhythmic complexity and a punk-rock aesthetic. He wears both hats on his reel of 2020 Marathon appearances playing a high-energy work, Black Mary, by composer/sax player Shelley Washington, writing a brand new piece for bassist Robert Black, and offering world premiere performances by composer/guitarist Aeryn Santillan, post-jazz afro-futurist Nicole Mitchell, and industrial and inventive composer Annie Gosfield.

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photo of Ken by Stephanie Berger