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Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

John Berndt (born 1967) is a musician and organizer based in Baltimore, Maryland who is best known as an extended-technique experimental saxophonist and electronic musician. He participated in the second wave of the neoism cultural movement, the first wave having consisted of Monty Cantsin, Istvan Kantor, and Blaster Al Ackerman, amongst many others. Berndt's participation in Neoism began after the 1st eight Neoist Apartment Festivals (1980 to 1984) during the “64th International Neoist Apartment Festival” in 1986 in Berlin and subsequently in the “One Millionth” in New York City in late 1988 and the “13th” in Paris in 1994. Conceptual work by Berndt was shown at Documenta X, in Kassel, in 1997....
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”Berndt is a deep thinker and his work is high-minded. In addition, it fosters thought, replicating it the way RNA replicates DNA. The music weaves itself into individual reveries, the mind comes back and forth from its own depths, into the sounds that had imbricated them.”

--Gordon Marshall, AllAboutJazz


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