Music Improvisation Workshops with Ben Bennett


Artist-in-residence Ben Bennett will lead a series of music improvisation workshops September 1, 5, 6, 7, culminating in a performance with workshop participants on September 8. Open to all who wish to explore sound together with open ears, no preconceptions. $1-5 sliding scale donation for each session. RSVP to info@rhizomedc.org

Schedule:
Thursday Sept. 1 - 7pm
Monday Sept. 5 - 7pm
Tuesday Sept. 6 - 7pm
Wednesday Sept. 7 - 830pm (after Ben's lecture)
Thursday Sept. 8 - 8pm - performance

Ben Bennett is an artist currently residing in Philadelphia. His practice ranges from being a world-class improvising percussionist to filming himself sitting and smiling for four hour intervals on a regular basis. He will be in residency at Rhizome from September 1 - 10.

"The crux of Bennett’s output is formed through his anomalous showmanship and in the resourceful nature of the instruments he tailors. If there is “value” to be found in his art, then these aspects surely make for a sensible starting point. Recycled objects and household items are transformed into contraptions assembled for a purpose unknown to the performer until the very moment he drags them before baffled onlookers, inserting them into an orifice or smashing them with an unrelated implement. Such instances of universal obscurity add to the queer web of noise that makes the resulting sound so riveting from the perspective of the audience." -Tiny Mixtapes

"It appears that he is psychically and physically communed with sound itself in a way that is unique in our modern electrified music world, and that gives him the ability to sonically both reflect and compete with the urban and industrial environment, even while standing in opposition to it." -Chuck Hoffman