Notes by Ben

Notes by Ben

Ben Thomas plays the vibes and bandoneon, and composes music.

News and Updates

Within: new video from Redwood Tango

Here is a video from Redwood Tango Ensemble‘s new album, which we released last week. Charles Gorczynski’s music continues to be some of the richest I’ve ever had the chance to play. Enjoy!

New Redwood Tango Album

In 2019, I went on a week-long retreat with Charles Gorczynski and Redwood Tango just outside Mt. Rainier. We workshopped his new material and then went to London Bridge Studio to record it. The album is finally out and it’s amazing! Enjoy.

New Quinteto tune

The Quinteto finished another quarantine recording. This time, it was a tune by the Sorcerer, Hermeto Pascoal.
While we’re looking forward to all being in the studio together at one time in the future, remote recording has been a fun process and we’re coming up with different things as a result. Enjoy!

A fuego lento, bass clarinet and vibes duet

As with many of us, Eric and I are still trying to navigate making art in COVID times. We had a blast doing this version of Salgan’s tune, which we based on Juan Pablo Navarro’s arrangement for violin and bass.

Tiny Orchestral Moment w/ Tony Levin!

Steve Ball has completed another version of his Whales project, this time with Tony Levin.
It’s not often that you get to play with your childhood bass hero. Victory!

Tango Sin Fin needs your help

The great tango organization Tango Sin Fin is asking for financial help to continue their work in education and publication. They have been publishing important historical works as well as contemporary new work of the highest quality.
Here is a brochure explaining the work they do and why it’s so important.
If you believe in the importance of tango music, please join me in supporting this vital group with whatever financial support that you can.

New Video with Tiny Orchestral Moments

Last week, I got to add a few vibes tracks to a video project put together by Steve Ball and Tiny Orchestral Moments. So far, there are musicians from 5 different countries, and Senegal and New Zealand are up next. It’s nice to be able to still make music, despite the challenges of the Time of the Virus.

New Redwood Tango Album

The album we recorded last summer got released this morning. Charles Gorczynski’s music is amazing and these musicians dug deep. This is probably the hardest I’ve practiced in my life and it was completely worth it. Victory!

Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto – Music in the time of Quarantine

I’ve been missing performing on stage with the Quinteto, but we made this happen anyways. Remember to support the people and organizations that need the help and are doing the work necessary to move us forward.

Che, Bandoneon at Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Here’s a video of me playing “Che, Bandoneon” during Austin Piazzolla Quintet’s performance with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in November. It was a thrill to play this solo in such a beautiful concert hall (The Wilson Center at Cape Fear).
Thanks to Tony Rogers and the rest of the APQ!