THAW

by Ken Thomson

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When Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Ken Thomson prepared to sit down and write the music for THAW — his Cantaloupe Music debut — he literally needed to “thaw out” by leaving town. “One of the hardest things to do in New York City is compose,” he writes in the CD’s liner notes. “In the winter of 2011, I decided at the last minute to find a cabin in New York state, hole myself up there, and start writing. I spent days writing music, watching the snow and ice fall around me. I didn’t complete the quartet there, but the impetus behind all the movements started then.”

What he ended up with was a four-part suite that melts, liquifies, re-freezes and realigns the composer’s demands on the traditional string quartet, making THAW (which pairs the title composition with “Perpetual,” for string quartet and bass clarinet) a project that only the famed JACK Quartet could tackle. Known for their ability to lend a palpable sense of electricity to the most complex pieces by such composers as Iannis Xenakis and Georg Friedrich Haas, the four members of JACK have built up a mind-meld of instinctive communication over the years, drawing the attention of everyone from Derek Bermel to Vijay Iyer to John Zorn and more

Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld - violins
John Pickford Richards - viola
Kevin McFarland - cello
with Ken Thomson - bass clarinet (on “Perpetual”)

“Ken Thomson’s THAW is extreme composing. Every idea gets meticulously presented and explored and developed, and then pushed as far as it can go—sometimes even farther.” – David Lang

"Want to hear some musicians really digging in? Hang on -- THAW is really moving." – Steve Reich

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released November 19, 2013

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Cantaloupe Music Brooklyn, New York

Cantaloupe Music is the record label created by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can organization—composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe—with Bang on a Can managing director Kenny Savelson. Cantaloupe Music has made a massive impact in the contemporary music community, and has been recognized by critics and fans worldwide for its edgy and adventurous sounds. ... more

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