For BC: The Redlands Sessions
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR866     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Marty Walker, bass clarinet; Vicki Ray, piano


Marty Walker (b 1953) has devoted himself to new music and improvisation for over two decades, concentrating on collaborating with composers to inspire new works, and earning a reputation as one of the finer new music clarinetists in the country. Premiering over 80 pieces written especially for him, many of which highlight his bass clarinet playing, he has performed as a soloist at venues throughout the United States and Mexico. These include the New Music America, Miami, and Houston Festivals, the International Festival of New Music at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mexico City’s New Music International Festival, Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Chicago’s Links Hall, Berkeley’s Maybeck Recital Hall and Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut. In Los Angeles, he has performed in concerts presented by the Monday Evening Concerts, FaultLines, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Wires, the Alligator Lounge’s New Music Mondays, and more. Walker has also broadcast live performances for Pacifica and National Public Radio.

Walker is a member of both the California E.A.R. Unit, recognized as one of today’s premiere contemporary chamber ensembles, and Ghost Duo, an improvisation duo with composer/electric guitarist Michael Jon Fink. He performs and records regularly with Art Jarvinen’s Some Over History and the Gong Farmers. Walker’s playing can be heard on several labels, including Advance Recordings, O. O. Discs, Cold Blue Records, Raptoria Caam, Grenadilla Records, Bare Bones Records, Tzadik, and Rastascan Records.

Marty Walker holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Redlands, with additional study at the Vienna Academy of Music and Michigan State University. He has been active in community arts organizations and spent twelve years as a college-level faculty member, teaching clarinet and courses that explore music’s role and function within society.


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Marty Walker

For BC: The Redlands Sessions

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