Ben Grossman (CA)

Ben Grossman is a vielle à roue (hurdy gurdy/Drehleier/zanfoña) player, percussionist, composer and improviser based in Guelph, Ontario. He grew up playing electric guitar, listening to a wide variety of music, and building homemade synthesizers, tape loops and effects in his parent
Ben Grossman is a vielle à roue (hurdy gurdy/Drehleier/zanfoña) player, percussionist, composer and improviser based in Guelph, Ontario.

He grew up playing electric guitar, listening to a wide variety of music, and building homemade synthesizers, tape loops and effects in his parent’s suburban basement. He later became interested, at various times, in traditional Irish, Balkan, French, Turkish and Arabic music. Ben has studied Turkish music in Istanbul and, since taking up the vielle, has done workshops and lessons with Valentin Clastrier, Matthias Loibner, Maxou Heintzan and Simon Wascher.

A busy session musician, his playing can be heard on over 80 CDs, film and television soundtracks, and performing live with the Toronto Consort, Ensemble Polaris, BT, Loreena McKennitt, (amongst others) and in various solo and ensemble improvisational events

PLAY 3: Post-pop, amusing and corroded

Monument-National 29/05/2009

Ben Grossman is a vielle à roue (hurdy gurdy/Drehleier/zanfoña) player, percussionist, composer and improviser based in Guelph, Ontario. He grew up playing electric guitar, listening to a wide variety of music, and building homemade synthesizers, tape loops and effects in his parent
Ben Grossman is a vielle à roue (hurdy gurdy/Drehleier/zanfoña) player, percussionist, composer and improviser based in Guelph, Ontario.

He grew up playing electric guitar, listening to a wide variety of music, and building homemade synthesizers, tape loops and effects in his parent’s suburban basement. He later became interested, at various times, in traditional Irish, Balkan, French, Turkish and Arabic music. Ben has studied Turkish music in Istanbul and, since taking up the vielle, has done workshops and lessons with Valentin Clastrier, Matthias Loibner, Maxou Heintzan and Simon Wascher.

A busy session musician, his playing can be heard on over 80 CDs, film and television soundtracks, and performing live with the Toronto Consort, Ensemble Polaris, BT, Loreena McKennitt, (amongst others) and in various solo and ensemble improvisational events

Discogs

  • Spine
  • Heritage
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Song Of The Unicorn
  • Cradle On The Waves
  • Radio Fusebox
  • Music From And Inspired By The Film Monster
  • An Ancient Muse
  • Fly Like Swallows
  • Resonance: The Echoes Living Room Concerts Volume 13
  • A Midwinter Night's Dream
  • A Mediterranean Odyssey
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley
  • Free Will
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley
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