Reid Anderson


Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1970, Reid Anderson is a composer and bass player best known for being 1/3 of the genre-defying instrumental trio The Bad Plus. Since its inception in 2001 the group has amassed widespread acclaim, stirred up controversy and created an uncompromising body of work. Mr. Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King all compose music for the band's extensive repertoire and are well known for embracing both avant-garde and pop sensibilities. Rearrangements of music as diverse as that of Nirvana and Ligetti have garnered much attention and Rolling Stone has said of the group: "It's about as badass as highbrow gets." Over the years they have collaborated with such musicians as Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell and Kurt Rosenwinkel. In 2011 they were commissioned by Duke University and Lincoln Center to arrange and perform Stravinski's "The Rite of Spring." They have also composed for dance, writing and performing “Violet Cavern” for the Mark Morris Dance Group. The band tours extensively, performing in concert halls, jazz and rock clubs and appears annually in most of the major jazz festivals worldwide.

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