Born: June 14, 1983 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
The anything goes, eclectic mentality of the musical melting pot of Brooklyn, NY is the perfect setting for trumpeter and composer Ben Syversen’s first album as a leader, Cracked Vessel. Making the most of the broad palette available to three musicians, the pieces in this album range from rocking vehicles for free improvisation to ethereal tone poems and long form narratives. The band builds on but quickly departs from ideas pioneered by such creative music luminaries as Tim Berne, Ellery Eskelin, and Jim Black, while drawing in sounds from experimental rock and No Wave bands like Sonic Youth and DNA, twisted takes on Americana, and sly, just beneath the surface references to Eastern European folk music.
During the nearly 3 years he has lived in Brooklyn, Ben has immersed himself fully in all that the city has to offer. In addition to performing with well established improvising musicians such as bassist Reuben Radding, he has been an active participant in the Balkan music scene, performing regularly with Raya Brass Band, Ansambl Mastika, and more. He has toured throughout the US and Japan, and has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Free Jazz Blog
“... it’s without question one of the most deliciously intense albums of the year (it’ll be on our Best of 2010 list at the end of December).”
Tracks: Frontman; Weird Science; Bad Idea; Untitled; Krazzle; End of Time; From the Abyss; Apparition; Fried Fruit.
Personnel: Ben Syversen: trumpet; Xander Naylor: guitar; Jeremy Gustin: drums.
As A Side Musician
Raya Brass Band
Raya Brass Band
Tracks: Di Di; Karsilamas Hrysodaktili; Sousta; Tavas Zeybek; Kateva Lenko; Dada Sali; Stankena Tehova; Aidini-Periokhi Serron/Estergon Kalesi; Pouscheno; Tasos Hasapiko; Uzicko Kolo.
Personnel: Greg Squared: saxophone and clarinet; Ben Syversen: trumpet; Matthew Fass: accordion; Don Godwin: tuba; EJ Fry: tupan.
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