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Ben Goldberg's Unfold Ordinary Mind at Antiquite Maison Privee
Antiquite Maison Privee
Sacramento, CA
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Ben Goldberg's Unfold Ordinary Mind at Antiquite Maison Privee
I have been developing my abilities on the Eb contra alto clarinet (a weird member of the family, pitched below the bass clarinet) for some years, mostly in my work with the group Tin Hat.  Somehow it occurred to me to have a band where I was the bass player, on this instrument.

Of course the group would need two of my tenor saxophone heroes (Ellery Eskelin and Rob Sudduth), a guitar genius (and now certifiable rock star) (Nels Cline), and the deeply tumultuous drummer Ches Smith.  

So after finishing up the premier of my latest giant project, Orphic Machine, in March of 2012, I wrote a bunch of songs and assembled this crew at the Bunker studio in Williamsburg one day in May.  We learned the tunes, rehearsed, and recorded them all in just a few hours, and the results are extraordinary -- raw, dire, and to the point.

The record Unfold Ordinary Mind came out in February, 2013, along with my other new release, Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues, on my own BAG Production label. In The New York Times Ben Ratliff noted "a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising." (for more reviews please see below).

A video of Unfold Ordinary Mind in concert in Baltimore can be seen at:

And here is a short video of me speaking about the project:

For more information please visit



Antiquite Maison Privee (View)
2114 P St
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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