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Ben Davis
Ben Davis has been concentrating on fusing his classical, jazz and contemporary music experiences into a raw vehicle of acoustic expression. He started improvising while playing for dancers in Earthfall Dance UK, then following gigs with Evan Parker, Louis Moholo, Vincent Courtois and Wadada Leo Smith, Ben developed a freer approach to improv which he utilized while playing and recording with Ingrid Laubrock, Simon Nabatov and Bobby McFerrin. His own group Basquiat Strings collaborated with Ellery Eskerlin in the BBC Electric Proms and was nominated for the Mercury Music Awards 2007, during which time he was a member of the London based collective F-IRE and subsequently collaborated individually with many of its artists. More recently Ben has been playing with Tomeka Reid, Mary Halverson, Ben Goldberg and was involved in the Mills College festival "In The Fault Zone" with Roscoe Mitchell and Nichole Mitchell.
Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 9 2022 7:30 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Surround Sound Salon Series (SSSS) is a monthly show at CNM where composers present their music through an 8-channel surround system, generously provided by Meyer Sound. SSSS#9 Sound Pool is a live improvised performance by four composer/performers sharing a dynamically shifting 8-channel sound system. The creative musicians are: Zachary James Watikins, electonics, Ava Koohbor, electronics; Ben Davis, cello, and Chris Brown, virtual piano & electronic mix. The performance is continuous and lasts exactly one hour, and the audience is free to choose their own listening location, and to move within the space to hear the music from different vantage points.  More...