See Ben at the Performer-Composer Showcase on Thursday July 12th.
Ben Finley plays the bass, writes and composes. He grew up on a music farm in Canada where he became interested in cultivating music for original ensembles that embraces the unique ontologies of its individuals through improvisation, poetic and philosophical text, the human voice and multi-stylistic compositional models. Ben is also interested in the lifetime pursuit of attuned bass playing which he explores in acoustic and electric environments (tuned in 5ths and other alternate tunings). Ben is involved in many projects in Toronto and Los Angeles including a bass and voice duo called Kat & Ben, who recently recorded their debut album “Cycles on Cycles” in a book-album form, and a stylistically diverse chamber music collective called Weaving Locus, who presented at the International Society of Improvising Musicians in 2016. Ben has recorded at Capitol Records, performed with The Industry in the mobile car opera “Hopscotch” in Los Angeles, collaborated with the Heidi Duckler dance company and composed two original scores for the experimental animation company Pox Films. He received his Master’s as a Performer-Composer from the California Institute of the Arts where he occasionally teaches double bass masterclasses. He also teaches improvisation and chamber music with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and Harmony Project. Ben is currently composing a chorale album of variable amounts of voices with text by living writers.
Ben is a co-founder and the facilitator of the Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity’s Performer-Composer Program.