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 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.  Stay tuned for more details!

My new band, Sixteen Tons is back at Barbes on Wednesday, February 24.  We're also playing on a triple bill on March 6 at Shapeshifter Lab.  Stay tuned for more details.

The band plays 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.  You can hear a sample from our first gig--Grey Goose--in the Soundcloud area of this page.

The trumpet-enriched line-up is:

Andy Biskin – clarinets, arrangments

John Carlson – trumpet

Dave Smith – trumpet

Kenny Warren – trumpet

Rob Garcia – drums

For the February 24 gig, I'm thrilled that we'll have as guest drummer the amazing Matt Wilson.  

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.