Clarinetist Ben Goldberg is an inventive improviser, composer, and musical theorist who has consistently challenged not only the role his chosen instrument plays in jazz, but also in new music, klezmer, classical, and pop. Influenced heavily by the work of his mentor, saxophonist Steve Lacy, he has explored a variety of settings from solo, duo, and trio dates to larger ensemble projects rife with layered, polyphonic arrangements and group improvisation. A top-tier sideman, he has worked with Marty Ehrlich, John Zorn, Charlie Hunter, Allison Miller, and others. He is also a longtime member of the expansive Tin Hat ensemble and the New Klezmer Trio. As a leader, he has issued his own exploratory works like 1992’s duo album The Relative Value of Things with Kenny Wollesen, 2006’s Lacy-inspired The Door, The Hat, The Chair, The Fact, and 2015’s nonet recording Orphic Machine, which found him drawing upon the work of poet Allen Grossman.