Born: October 7, 1962 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Ben Schachter is a powerful and original saxophonist and composer. As a leader, he has six recordings on his own label. He has performed and recorded in the U.S., Europe, and Asia with; Tim Hagans, Conrad Herwig, John Zorn, Gary Bartz, Dick Oatts, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Jeff Tain Watts, Terell Stafford, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Uri Caine, George Garzone, Marc Ribot, John Swana, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Charles Fambrough, James Genus, Jef Lee Johnson, Burhan Ocal, Jack Walrath, etc. As a composer, Ben has been recognized with grants from the American Composers Forum, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Pew Fellowships in the Arts. A Philadelphia native, he has been cited in his hometown press as “Best Jazz Artist” and “Best Saxophonist”. Holding Degrees from Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, Ben has been active in education for many years. He has held faculty positions at Berklee College of Music, Temple University and The University of the Arts. Ben now resides in San Diego, California. He continues to perform, compose, teach, and conduct clinics and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
Awards:As a composer, Ben has been recognized with grants from the American Composers Forum (2003), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2001 & 2005), andPew Fellowships in the Arts (1999). Philadelphia CityPaper: "Best Jazz Artist"(1999) and "Hottest Saxophonist"(2001)
...a new style of freedom and democracy. JazzTimes
...beautifully arranged interludes offset by passages of boundless improvising...something special is happening here. JazzImprov
...the power of...Dave Holland...or Steve Coleman...the authority of Joe Lovano... Cadence
...advanced harmonic capabilities and fluid, sure-fire rhythmic drive....a personal and present-tense sound. Philadelphia CityPaper
...Schachter writes peppery tunes that tapdance on the subconscious before his searing saxophone takes over to blow down the house. Philadelphia Inquirer
...artistic prowess...reams of finely-honed phrases that contain a trace of lyricism within their full-bodied texture. Cadence
...has a fire in his soul that he vents through angular, topsy-turvy modified bop explosions. Philadelphia CityPaper
...Ben Schachter's Sung/Unsung will blow your mind. Philadelphia Arts Writers
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San diego, CA
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Lessons with BEN SCHACHTER. Consider studying with a person who has been called “the best teacher I know, period.” (Dick Oatts). An acclaimed jazz artist who has played around the world with many greats of the music, BEN SCHACHTER has also passionately taught at some of the best jazz studies colleges and universities. Ben’s former students include some of today’s most celebrated jazz musicians. Lessons with Ben are for any musician, on any instrument and at any level, who wishes to grow artistically and expressively. Study Saxophone, Improvisation, Composition, Arranging, Repertoire (learning tunes), Theory/Harmony/Analysis, Time/Rhythm/Meter, Performance Methodology, any or all of these topics combined into that which we call CONCEPT. Lessons are available in person at Ben’s home in San Diego, on-line via Skype, or anywhere in residency by arrangement. Contact: email@example.com. Visit www.sungunsung.com for more information.
IMPROVISATION: These clinics represent a unique approach to studying and practicing the art of improvisation. Through experiences teaching improvisation as a professor at Temple University and the University of the Arts to all levels of students - from beginning improvisors to advanced graduate students - a novel method of "demystifying" the act of improvisation has been developed. Emphasis is placed on fundamental instrumental and theoretical skills being employed in a personal and creative manner to offer the student the liberating (indeed spiritual) experience of improvising meaningful music. THE MUSIC OF THELONIOUS MONK: I have long been fascinated by the music of this great Master. I have studied, analyzed, taught, interpreted, arranged, adapted and performed this music for years. Let's talk about Monk! SMALL GROUP PERFORMANCE: Working with ensembles from Duo to Octet developing concepts of interaction, arrangement, improvisation, instrumental "role reversal", etc. I have conducted clinics and masterclasses at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Rotterdam Conservatory, Royal Conservatory of Den Haag, Rowan State University, Istanbul University, Westchester University...