Crazy Jane is a trio made up of three noted soloists: baritone Patrick Mason; guitarist David Starobin; and percussionist Daniel Druckman. The trio performs a highly unusual blend of new compositions and music from earlier periods. Composers that have written for Crazy Jane include George Crumb, Paul Lansky, Akemi Naito, and Tom Flaherty.
Patrick Mason is a Grammy-nominated baritone, known for singing a huge range of repertoire from the medieval period to the latest contemporary works, from the solo lied through opera. Mason is also a Professor of Voice at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Guitarist David Starobin has accompanied Patrick Mason for more than 40 years, the two meeting as teenaged students at Peabody Conservatory. Starobin has concentrated his performances on developing the contemporary repertoire for guitar, working with leading composers to create nearly 400 new compositions. When he is not performing, Starobin is Director of Artists and Repertoire at Bridge Records, and a Professor of Guitar at Manhattan School of Music. Starobin began working with Daniel Druckman in the ensemble Speculum Musicae. Together, they played and performed dozens of new works. Druckman is a member of the New York Philharmonic, and is the director of the percussion ensemble program at the Juilliard School. He, like Mason and Starobin has devoted much of his energy to the performance and promotion of new music. Crazy Jane (the name comes from a song composed for Mason and Starobin in 1975) blends the talents of three musicians that love working with each other, and with the challenge and adventure of the new.
Crazy Jane on Bridge Records, Inc.