Album Brings Together All-Star Group From Throughout Different Periods of Goldberg’s Musical Life:
NELS CLINE, CARLA KIHLSTEDT, RON MILES,
ROB SUDDUTH, MYRA MELFORD, KENNY WOLLESON, GREG COHEN & CHES SMITH
Early Praise For Orphic Machine and
Extensive March Tour Dates
Goldberg To Curate The Stone April 28th – May 3rd
Beauty can often be found in unexpected places. On his new album, Orphic Machine, clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg creates his most beautiful and lyrical music to date. Interestingly, though the lyrics are by poet Allen Grossman, they come not from his poems, but from a book on “speculative poetics.” Grossman’s Summa Lyrica, a collection of blunt, interwoven statements illuminating the place of poetry in human thought, provided Goldberg with the texts around which he wrapped his beautiful melodies and compelling grooves.
Goldberg needed to gather an ensemble of artists able to realize such simultaneously heady and passionate compositions; fortunately, he’s been surrounded with such gifted artists throughout much of his musical life. Orphic Machine features the talents of vocalist and violinist Carla Kihlstedt, his bandmate in the unclassifiable group Tin Hat; Wilco’s resident guitar daredevil Nels Cline, also a member ofGoldberg’s quintet Unfold Ordinary Mind; trumpeter Ron Miles, a bandmate ofGoldberg’s in the quartet Go Home; tenor saxophonist Rob Sudduth and drummer Ches Smith, both members of Goldberg’s quintet as well as Unfold Ordinary Mind; pianist Myra Melford, with whom Goldberg works in her sextet, Be Bread, and in the duo project Dialogue; bassist Greg Cohen, an early musical hero and now member of the Ben Goldberg Trio; and vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen, a member of Goldberg’s ground-breaking New Klezmer Trio. (more…)