Born: February 16, 1980
Guitarist Ben Tyree has the power to move people. That statement could be construed in two distinctly opposite ways – either the buoyant groove to get audiences out of their seats or the emotional depth to touch a listener’s soul – but Tyree is the rare case where both meanings are equally applicable.
A product of the diverse Washington, DC music scene, Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. All of those elements are placed on stunning display on his latest release, Burn It! LIVE, a blistering live set from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series...
Awards• 2013: ASCAP Plus Award
• 2013: 12th Independent Music Awards (IMA) Nomination
Best Instrumental Album -
Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations
• 2012: 11th Independent Music Awards (IMA) Vox Pop Poll
Best Instrumental Album - Ben Tyree/BT3 - re:Vision
• 2002: Washington Area Music Awards: "Wammie"
Best Rap/Hip Hop Duo/Group - Miscellaneous Flux
- Dr. Matt Warnock (Guitar International Magazine)
Big picture: Ben Tyree is hot, he’s fresh and he’s got a lot to offer us in the way of new music. Needless to say this isn’t your parent’s ‘60’s fusion record.
- Eric Sandler (The Revivalist, 2010)
…high caliber player…”
Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times (March, 2009)
Tyree had this way of evoking the most precise utterances, delicate yet so deliberate, it was sure-footed dexterity and then some.
”You’re kickin’ much ass, my man! I love what you're doin’!”
DeWayne Blackbyrd McKnight (Guitarist for Parliament/Funkadelic, George Clinton, Brides of Dr. Funkenstein, Macy Gray, and more…), 2006
...might be best known for his progressive art-rock ensemble (Miscellaneous Flux) but if you look deeper than the dazzle of the group's stream-of-consciousness hip-hop lyrics and angular arrangements, you'll find chops befitting an accomplished jazz guitarist.
The Washington Post, 2005
Thoughtform VariationsSonic Architectures
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Intermediate to advanced students