Composer and performer Ned Rothenberg has spent his career traversing different musical worlds.

He has worked extensively as both a composer and performer in the jazz and improvisation scenes, playing alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute.

Rothenberg, 62, has also trained and played with traditional performers and taken part in the improvisation, new music, jazz and hōgaku (traditional Japanese music) scenes.