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Peter Hess

Peter Hess (woodwinds) is a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble, Slavic Soul Party, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, and Barbez, and was a part of Balkan Beat Box for a decade. He appears on over 100 recordings and can often be heard coming out of your television. He performs all over the world, in concert halls, festivals, prisons, and dives. He’s appeared and/or recorded with ‪David Sanborn‬, ‪Alarm Will Sound‬, ‪David Byrne‬, Big Lazy, Guignol, ‪Tony Visconti‬, Songs:Ohia, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, ‪Tim Berne‬, Jabbo Ware, ‪Jack McDuff‬, the Roots, Lee Konitz, ‪Dirty Projectors‬, Darcy Argue’s Secret Society, ‪Devotchka‬, ‪TV on the Radio‬, ‪Wu Tang Clan‬, ICE, ‪the Hold Steady‬, ‪Son Volt‬, AntiSocial Music, Big Lazy, and dozens more. He was also a frequent substitute in the solo clarinet chair for the entire Broadway run of the multiple Tony-winning musical The Band’s Visit. His work composing and arranging for winds and strings can be heard on dozens of records, as well as HBO's Bored to Death, PBS’s Make 'em Laugh, the feature documentaries Art and Craft and Maineland, and Deadpool 2. He holds a deep love of the music of the Balkans, which he has researched and studied in Roma villages in southern Serbia. His own records (and with fellow PGE member Mick Rossi) can be found at diskonife.com. He is a 1996 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.Mus) and of Oberlin College (BA), and in 2020 was part time faculty at the New School College of Performing Arts, in residence at the Philip Glass Institute, lecturing and coaching ensembles in the performance practice of the works of Philip Glass.


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