Andy Biskin Andy Biskin Goldberg's Variations Andy Biskin
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 Wednesday, October 28, I'm launching a new band called Sixteen Tons.  We'll be playing interpretations of songs from Alan Lomax's monumental collection, The Folk Songs of North America.  

As many of you know, I worked for Alan for a couple of years right after college and it was one of those experiences I've never forgotten.  

This project is an attempt take a fresh look at some of the music that Lomax helped bring into our consciousness.  

I'm furiously finishing the music now.  No doubt there will still be some rough edges for our debut, but consider it part of the experience of witnessing something at the very beginning!

The band is:
Andy Biskin - clarinet/bass clarinet, arrangements
Ron Horton - trumpet
John Carlson - trumpet
Kenny Warren - trumpet
Rob Garcia - drums

We're playing at 
Barbes, 376 9th Street at 6th Avenue, Brooklyn
One set at 8pm

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.