Combining the sounds of chamber jazz and improvisational freedom with the coherence of contemporary classical composition, with an often distortion-laden twist, Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast bring together some of the outer-boroughs' great talents-- musicians who can perform challenging written music while bringing fire to improvisation.
Coming from his background performing with his punk/jazz quartet Gutbucket (touring to 19 countries and 33 US States) co-directing the Asphalt Orchestra (Lincoln Center, Barbican, etc), performing with chamber orchestra Signal, and having composed for the American Composers Orchestra and Bang on a Can, Thomson shapes the music of Slow/Fast through his unique filter. It is long-form and through-composed, with deliberate spaces for improvisation.
The group has performed across NYC at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Winter Jazzfest, and traveled to the Midwest to perform at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and more; the individual members (and Thomson himself) have performed at prominent jazz festivals worldwide.
There is already buzz around the group's next release, Settle, recorded in 2012, having completed a successful Kickstarter campaign with 89 backer-supporters. Slow/Fast are on the roster of Subtone Concerts in Germany.
In the meantime, they continue to celebrate the release of their CD It Would Be Easier If (Intuition Records), the 2010 dark horse release that garnered multiple Jazz Journalists Association Top 10 of 2010 Awards, and received rave reviews. This site is about that record.
Stay tuned for more info on Settle.