Saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Randy McKean has performed with rockers Poi Dog Pondering, David Rice and Teratoma, took part in the premiere performance of MacArthur Genius award recipient Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra at the Kitchen in New York City, and has toured Taiwan as part of James Fei's alto saxophone quartet. His most recent activities include the Nevada County Composers Cooperative and the performance collective Gardyloo; noise improv trio Me & Alex Ross, with guitarist Ross Hammond and percussionist Alex Jenkins; avant-folk duo GraVIE, with violinist Murray Campbell; the chamber jazz duo Off Center, with guitarist David Dvorin; and appearances with Alex Jenkins’ Sound Immersion, Ludi Hinrichs, Maggie McKaig & Luke Wilson, and Dan Plonsey's ensemble Daniel Popsicle. Other performance/recording credits include work with Gregg Bendian, Don Byron, Mark Dresser, Debris, Phil Haynes, Kevin Norton, Gino Robair, and Herb Robertson. His CD's include So Dig This Big Crux (Rastascan) and, with the Great Circle Saxophone Quartet, Child King Dictator Fool (New World).
Randy received a B.A. in Jazz Studies from Coe College, where he studied with Paul Smoker, and an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, where he studied with Anthony Braxton, David Rosenboom, and Maggi Payne. He has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, and he and his family have called Grass Valley home since 2002.