WORDS FROM BEN......
Described by the NY Times as “an iconoclastic player.” Benjamin Verdery has been hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career. In a recent interview Ben brought us up to date.
“I had a fabulously exciting musical year (2016) including several releases: The Ben Verdery Guitar Project: On Vineyard Sound, new guitar music from my extraordinary colleagues at Yale, released by Elm City Records which I founded with my former student and dear friend, Sol Silber; a personal documentary shot in Korea for Arirang TV, ArTravel series and three videos including two protest videos: Chant For Peace and J.S. Bach’s Chaconne, subtitled An interpretation Celebrating the Earth, Sky and Sea. In addition, I was honored to perform an evening of my compositions including a new duo, From Aristotle, with Beat Box champion Mark Martin for the GFA and presented concerts and masterclasses in Holland, Germany and England and hosted my 17th annual Maui Guitar Class.
I begin 2017 with a premier of Searching for a Chorale by one of my dearest mentor’s, Seymour Bernstein; collaborations with Michiyaya Dance Company; curating and performing at the 92Y’s Guitar Marathon and embarking on a new solo work for the Changsha International competition in China.
I’m into my 32nd year as the guitar professor at the Yale School of Music and my 10th year as Artistic Director of 92Y’s Art of the Guitar series! It’s all coconuts!”
Benjamin Verdery is without a doubt a great guitarist possessing an astonishing technique.
– Cordoba Times, Spain
A unique and inspired festival, with the likes of The National, Bill Frisell, the Dirty Projectors, Padma Newsome, Sufjan Stevens and Benjamin Verdery among others. Day 2 of the MusicNOW festival at Memorial Hall was billed as "An Evening Of American Guitar." Avant Garde Jazz guitar legend Bill Frisell was the headliner, but Classical guitarist Ben Verdery stole the show with his opening set.