Doug Wieselman –  has worked and
played with a variety of artists in different fields including John Lurie, Antony and the
Johnsons, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, CocoRosie, Martha Wainwright, Jerome Robbins, Hal Willner, Butch Morris, Kronos Quartet and Robert Wilson. He has co-led Kamikaze Ground Crew for over 30 years, leads his trio – Trio S, with ‘cellist Jane Scarpantoni and drummer Kenny Wollesen, and has released a solo clarinet record – “From Water” based on melodies he has heard from bodies of water. He also was co-composer for the Nickelodeon children animated show The Backyardigans in association with Evan Lurie.

He started playing clarinet at age 9 – given an instrument to choose from the L.A. public schools, guitar at 10 – after seeing the Beatles’ movie “Help”,and saxophone at 13 – encouraged by his junior high music teacher.   His instrumental studies included time with clarinetist James Kantor, who was a featured soloist and mainstay for many Hollywood film soundtracks. As well, he studied saxophone with L.A. woodwind specialist Bill Green, featured on countless recordings and who was part of the “Wrecking Crew” scene.   He graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz where he studied with composer and electronics pioneer Gordon Mumma, and composer and theorist James Tenney.  Tenney opened up his head to listening to the world in a heightened way, which has let to his work which is primarily inspired by the natural world.  At U.C. Santa Cruz he met Wayne Horvitz who eventually introduced him to the “Downtown Scene” of New York in the early ’80.  As well, he met Paul Magid and Howard Patterson of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, who brought him into the world of theatre. Through them he met director Robert Woodruff, with whom he worked on many productions, both with and without the Karamazov’s.  

He continues to work in the theatre, as a session musician in New York as well as arranger for recordings and performances for singer/songwriters. As well, he performs regularly with a variety of ensembles and situations – including improvisers, art-rockers, jazz inflected bands and contemporary music.