Once a month I will include a tune composed and performed by Ben Wendel and a guest. He starts the series with one of my favorite piano players, Taylor Eigsti.
More info on this project and the artists involved can be found here.
On his website Ben writes:
The idea and goal of “The Seasons” was a simple one: 12 original pieces dedicated to 12 musicians I deeply admire, released over 12 months. Though this ended up being one of the most challenging and complex projects I’ve ever attempted, it also turned out to be one of the most rewarding.
The duos are compositionally (and personally) related to the selected guests and their unique artistry. Each musician I have chosen has had a direct influence on my playing and has been a creative inspiration. Whether it is the rhythmic nuance of a drummer or the intervallic approach of a saxophonist, I’ve sought to match the composition to the selected artist’s voice as I envision it.
Filmed at SubCulture in NYC.
SubCulture is a music and performing arts venue located in the historic NoHo neighborhood of downtown Manhattan. Founded by brothers and lifelong music lovers Marc and Steven Kaplan, the venue was designed to foster an intimate connection between artists and the audience by incorporating the absolute best in sound and lighting technology into a room with naturally strong acoustic and architectural features.
Video and Audio by Alex Chaloff