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.

"It Would Be Easier If" was released November 9, 2010 on Intuition Records.

You can find out all the information you need on this site... along with news about perfomances, some thoughts on the music, reactions in the press, etc.

Check out Nate Chinen's review in The New York Times!

Thanks a number of journalists for including "It Would Be Easier If" on their Best of 2010 lists.

Check out what others have been saying...

Stay tuned for more information on the new record, Settle (to be released 2013).

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast: It Would Be Easier If