Andy Biskin is a clarinetist, composer, and filmmaker recognized for his omnivorous musical imagination and 20/20 vision for irony. Taking inspiration equally from Raymond Scott, Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky, and Lawrence Welk, Biskin leads several ensembles and has composed scores for film, dance, and theater.
16 Tons is making a CD! We recorded in January and we're deep in production, editing, mixing, desgining, and all that fun stuff. Thanks to all who generously contributed to our Kickstarter campaign to make this happen. The official release date is June 27. Please save the date and join us at Cornelia Street Cafe to celebrate and hear the band. More details coming soon.
Thanks to all who came out and heard me at The Stone in April. It was a fantastic week of music making.
16 Tons peformed live on WNYC's Soundcheck! Listen to the band performing Grey Goose, House Carpenter, and Knock John Booker, and hear Andy and John Schaefer discussing the origins of the band, Alan Lomax, and our folk song legacy.
Tom Hull chose Act Necessary as one of the Best Albums of 2014!
Read what the jazz press is saying about Act Necesssary here.
Andy Biskin's Goldberg's Variations had a sold-out run as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 2013 Next Wave Festival on October 17–19. In this piece, with music and animation by Andy Biskin, cartoons of Rube Goldberg come to life in a series of droll black-and-white animations based on Goldberg’s original illustrated designs. Performed by an all-star sextet featuring Biskin on clarinet, the music channels early jazz, vaudeville, and Looney Tunes-style mayhem to add tongue-in-cheek drama to these masterstrokes of ingenuity and wit.