Ben Gerstein

Photo: Peter Gannushkin,

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, trombonist/multi-instrumentalist Ben Gerstein has been living in New York City since 1995, a jazz graduate from The Manhattan School of Music in 1999. Over the years he has developed numerous groups and projects committed to exploring free-improvisation as the means to composition, meditation and integration with nature and the arts, working closely with a wide and unique variety of musicians and artists from around the world. He has been a member of ensembles led by some such as Mat and the late Joe Maneri, Henry Threadgill, Tony Malaby, Tyshawn Sorey, Dan Weiss and Jacob Sacks. In balance with collaboration and live performance, through his studies Ben has recorded solo trombone recreations of works by composers Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Carter, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Erik Satie, Alexander Scriabin, J.S. Bach and Carlo Gesualdo, among others. In 2011 he was awarded a Jerome Commission by the Roulette Intermedium with which he presented Freedom Choir, an ensemble that explored two hours of cathartic improvisation with trombone, ten saxophonists and four drummers. Also active as a video artist and photographer, his work has been used in diverse contexts such as music by composer Bernd Alois Zimmerman, the Crown Heights Film Festival, and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts.

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