Malcolm Goldstein


2116 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Soundings and other solo improvisations for violin and voice; unfiltered sound-textures and hardscrabble songs from Malcolm Goldstein.

Malcolm Goldstein (b.1936, Brooklyn, N.Y.) is a composer, violinist and improviser, active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s, when he participated in the Tone Roads Ensemble with James Tenney and Philip Corner, Judson Dance Theater and Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York City.

Although trained as a classical violinist, his music became focused on open improvisation and structured improvisation-composition. His soundings have received acclaim for having “re-invented violin playing.” Numerous composers—as diverse as John Cage and Ornette Coleman—have written music for him. Since the late 1970s Goldstein has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, where he has presented concerts of his music at several New Music America festivals, the Acustica International Festival (West German Radio, Cologne), and as director of the Ensemble for New Music of the Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt). He lives in Canada.