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Ben Schwendener

Pianist Ben Schwendener sustains a unique voice in contemporary creative music and natural pedagogy, and is a leading authority on George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. As a critically acclaimed pianist/composer, he has created music for dance companies, film, commercials and art installations. He has also written many volumes of children’s piano music, and toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan with his ensembles and on solo piano. His music can be heard on Label Bleu, Gravity Records and Alabaster. Ben was an Editorial Assistant to the late George Russell

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Jazz And Contemporary Improvisation Faculty Spotlight Concert Tuesday, March 24 At NEC's Jordan Hall

Jazz And Contemporary Improvisation Faculty Spotlight Concert Tuesday, March 24 At NEC's Jordan Hall

Featuring Anthony Coleman, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Bert Seager, Jerry Leake, Nedelka Prescod, Mal Barsamian, Schwendener, Dave Zoffer and more Join NEC’s celebrated jazz and contemporary improvisation faculty in a showcase concert on Tuesday, March 24 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Performing are African percussionist/vocalist Jerry Leake, violinist Eden MacAdam-Somer, pianist Bert Seager, vocalist Nedelka ...

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NEC’s Jazz Studies Department Presents The Music of George Russell with the NEC Jazz Orchestra on October 16

NEC’s Jazz Studies Department Presents  The Music of George Russell with the NEC Jazz Orchestra on October 16

Conducted by Ben Schwendener and Featuring Saxophonist George Garzone Thursday, October 16 at Brown Hall NEC faculty member Ben Schwendener will lead the NEC Jazz Orchestra in The Music of George Russell, a program featuring excerpts from several of Russell’s most ambitious works, as well as “All About Rosie,” traditionally included in all Russell programs. The ...

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NEC Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation Faculty Spotlight Monday, January 28

NEC Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation Faculty Spotlight Monday, January 28

Performances by Ran Blake, Norm Zocher, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Jerry Leake, Linda Chase, Ben Schwendener, Bert Seager, Amir Milstein, Rabbit Rabbit with Carla Kihlstedt Plus Rare Trio Performance with Cecil McBee, Bob Moses and special guest Dave Liebman “New England Conservatory’s jazz faculty distinguish themselves in a lot of ways but most of all because they maintain ...

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Apfelschaun

Label: Gravity Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Eternal Harvest; June 13th; Folk Dance; Freunde, dass der Mandelzweig...; On a Theme by George Cumming; Noddy likes to watch the Noddy Show with Tessie Bear, sometimes; Southern Scale; Underwater; Mood Swings; Two Walls of a Circle; Dona Dona; Desert Games.

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Ben Schwendener/Uwe Steinmetz: Apfelschaun

Read "Apfelschaun" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The latest pair of releases on Gravity Records, now in its fifteenth year, finds frequent collaborators Ben Schwendener (piano) and Uwe Steinmetz (saxophone) joined together in radically different contexts. Living Geometry II, as intensely focused on George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept as any modern recording, sees Steinmetz guesting for the final three tracks of a heavy ...


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