Clarinetist and composer Andy Biskin has a broad range of interests. In addition to leading several ensembles in the New York area, he has composed scores for film, dance, and theater. Born and raised in Texas, Biskin studied music and anthropology at Yale and later worked as an assistant to folklorist Alan Lomax. His compositions have been compared to Raymond Scott, Charles Mingus, Charles Ives, Carla Bley, and Lawrence Welk. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times named his debut album Dogmental (2000) Album of the Week, saying: "It's hard to find gentle humor in jazz but the clarinetist Andy Biskin has perfect radar for it."