Ben Goldberg Interviewed About Plague Diary

Source: SF Chronicle.

Sheltered in place in Berkeley, clarinetist Ben Goldberg decided to keep a musical calendar, making an entry nearly each day since the Bay Area’s first lockdown in March.

Composing, recording and posting new pieces on the Oakland music service Bandcamp, Goldberg has created an ever-expanding body of work called “Plague Diary,” a sumptuously melodic account of this singular era. It’s served as a chronicle of an inner journey shared by everyone who has been suddenly cut off from loved ones, work and the world beyond due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pausing to reflect on the project as he approaches his 200th “Plague Diary” entry, he admits that the massive scope of the undertaking wasn’t at all clear when he started.