Microeconomics is a collection of improvised music for clarinet, double bass and piano, recorded live in the studio in February, 2015. Over the course of these fifteen tracks clarinetist Ben Redwine, double bassist Daniel Barbiero, and pianist Jonathan Matis synthesize their diverse styles into a non-idiomatic form of free chamber music. Tracks 1-10 are freely improvised; on tracks 11-15 the group realize a graphic score by Barbiero.
New Orleans based clarinetist Ben Redwine feels equally comfortable playing Brahms or Ellington. He is devoted to the performance of new classical music and old jazz, as well as to teaching the next generation of performers and teachers.
Ben served as an Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC from 2012-2016. In 2014, he retired after 27 years in the US military band system, the majority of time serving as the e-flat clarinet soloist with the US Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. He has been a featured soloist at seven International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests in the U.S. and Europe, and has performed extensively as a freelance musician nationally and internationally. In 2016, he moved to the New Orleans area to pursue performance opportunities in the birthplace of jazz.
In addition to leading his popular traditional-style jazz band, the RedwineJazz Band, Ben is a Selmer Paris performing artist and a D'Addario performing artist, presenting concerts and master classes internationally. He has recorded for Mapleshade, Naxos, Vin Rouge, Big Kahuna, and AmCam record labels, and composed and performed new music for 1920s era silent films featuring actors Charley Chase and Harry Langdon, released on DVD box sets by All Day Entertainment. All of Ben’s recordings can be found at his website, redwinejazz.com
Ben lives on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain with his wife, Leslie, and their flock of chickens.
Daniel Barbiero is a double bassist, sound artist and composer in the Washington DC area. He has been active in improvised and experimental music and dance in the Baltimore-Washington area as a performer, composer and ensemble leader. His music is informed by a substantial conceptual orientation and reflects his background in indeterminate composition as well as in modal and free improvisation. He is additionally interested in verbal, graphic and other non-standard methods of scoring for small ensembles.
He has performed with Gino Robair on the latter’s I, Norton opera, with Robert Carl on the premier of Carl’s “Changing My Spots,” with improviser Eva Zöllner, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, and members of Contact; he has released work under his own name and with Ictus Records percussionist Andrea Centazzo, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby, electronics composer/instrumentalists Cristiano Bocci and Massimo Discepoli, electronic composer/sound artist Steve Hilmy, saxophonist Jimmy Ghaphery, percussionist Ken Moore and underground legend Al Margolis (If, Bwana), among others.
In addition, he writes regularly on music and related topics Avant Music News, Percorsi Musicali, Arteidolia, and other web journals.
Jonathan Matis has been composing and performing many types of music professionally since 1993. His interest in combining improvisation and composition led him to graduate studies in composition at the Hartt School of Music where he studied with Robert Carl and David Macbride.
In May of 2008, Jonathan toured the United States playing guitar with Joe Lally (of Fugazi). In March of 2006, he was invited to Philadelphia to compose and perform as part of a residency with Pauline Oliveros and her Deep Listening Band. In the summer of 2005, he was selected for participation in the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.
Jonathan leads the DC Improvisers Collective, a free jazz ensemble; and the Low End String Quartet, a re-imagining of the classical standard.