Ben Opie: reeds, electronics, composition
Based in Pittsburgh, PA
Previously leader of Water Shed 5tet (four CDs), currently leading or co-leading: Thoth Trio (intense acoustic jazz); OPEK (Sun-Ra inspired reduced-sized big band); Sound/Unsound Trio (modular compositions and improvisations), as well as other collaborations and solo performances. Member of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra.
Ben's music straddles traditional and avant-garde directions, more than willing to play standards and ballads one day and open improvisation the next.