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BACK IN THE STUDIO WITH BILLY DEAN
I'm still on cloud 9 from an exhilarating weekend of music making and collaboration. Billy Dean and I decided to go back into the studio and record three new tracks. We plan to release an EP containing Black Bach, Start Now and three new pieces in a couple of months. I’m thrilled to have drummer Jared Shonig and beat box/vocal percussionist Mark Martin joining our team of producer Dave Veslocki, engineer Chris Santalis, Billy and me.
92Y LAUNCHES NEW ON-DEMAND SERIES: GUITAR TALKS WITH BENJAMIN VERDERY
It is with great excitement that I write to you about the launching of Guitar Talks with Benjamin Verdery by the 92 Y and D’Addario. A few years back when I was asked to be Artistic Director of Art Of The Guitar at the 92Y, I suggested that they ask each artist if they would agree to do a live pre-concert interview with me. To my delight, many agreed and now a few years later we have ten interviews with such wonderful artists as Sergio Assad, David Russell, Pepe Romero, the LAGQ, Eliot Fisk and Paco Peña, Raphella Smits, Paul O’Dette, and 3 group interviews which include: Frederic Hand, David Leisner, Gyan Riley, Ricardo Cobo, David Tanenbaum, Rene Izquierdo, the Eden / Stell Duo , Raphaella Smits, Andrew York, Phillip Candelaria and Louis Trépanier, Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser.
I want to thank first all of these wonderful artists for their willingness to be interviewed prior to their concerts. In addition, I want to thank all the crew at the Y for the filming of each interview, the audience’s enthusiasm and finally to the Y and D’Addario for actually putting it out into the world.
My hope is that you all will enjoy hearing and seeing these great artists talk about their art and life as much as I did.
Following this initial launch the interviews will be posted individually each Thursday starting August 20.
As always! Peace, love and guitars!
Ben Verdery & Billy Dean
I'm over the moon to share these two new videos featuring duos with Hip Hop artist Billy Dean. They were recorded by David Veslocki and shot and edited by Mitsuko Verdery.
What an exhilarating and exciting journey it has been. You can read about my collaboration with Billy Dean at Transom: Colliding Stories-Musical Bridges-by Ben & Billy
Audio of Start Now and Black Bach available at Loudr.
Thanks for all the great comments and support so far!
Have the greatest day.