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Benjamin Shorstein

Benjamin Shorstein is a jazz drummer, classically trained percussionist, and composer. He studied with Kevin Gary of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Dr. Kenneth Broadway of the University of Florida. Ben is a founding member of the creative music collective, Madre Vaca, and has been named as a finalist for international awards, including the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for American Music and the Leopold Auer International Composers Competition. Benjamin Shorstein has had the pleasure of performing on stage with many artists including Chick Corea, Mark O’Connor, Jamison Ross, Terry Plumeri, Alphonso Horne, Scott Wilson, Juan Rollan, Rebecca Shorstein, Steve Cohn Trio, Thomas Milovac, Jarrett Carter, Jonah Pierre, Steve Strawley, Lance Reed, Milan Algood, Abigail Gruber, Mike Perez, Ty Christian, and the Andre Gruber Trio.

Album

The Elements

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Fire; Water; Earth; Wind.

Album

Winterreise

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Good Night; The Weathervane; Frozen; Loneliness; The Gray Head; The Crow; Last Hope; The Stormy Morning; The Sun Dogs; The Hurdy-Gurdy Man.

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Article: Album Review

Madre Vaca: Winterreise

Read "Winterreise" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For its third recording, the Florida-based jazz octet Madre Vaca has chosen to perform music by Franz Schubert—hold it; stop right there! Music by who? Yes, that's what it says—music by none other than Franz Schubert (1797-1828), an Austrian composer of what we know as classical music who in his brief lifetime wrote more than 600 ...

Album

Nexus

Label: Madre Vaca Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Ghankess (Jarrett Carter) 2. Nexus (Benjamin Shorstein) 3. Cold and Sunny (Jonah Pierre) 4. Castle Town (Benjamin Shorstein) 5. Village Song (Jonah Pierre) 6. Asylum (Benjamin Shorstein) 7. Starlight (Jonah Pierre) 8. Stephen Hawking (Benjamin Shorstein)


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