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Andy Biskin's "Goldberg's Variations" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Artwork © Rube Goldberg Inc.


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.


On April 12-17, I will be in residence at John Zorn's legendary East Village sanctuary for new and interesting sounds, The Stone.  I'll be presenting many different incarnations of my music with some of my favorite collaborators and inspirers.  Here's the schedule. 

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.