Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Schwendener, Ben: pianist/composer/educator, has lived in and been a art of Boston's music scene since the early 1980's. A critically acclaimed performer, prolific composer and recording artist, Ben has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, had his work performed and recorded by George Russell's 'Living Time Orchestra', released five recordings as a leader/co-leader on the Gravity Records label, and composed commissioned works for various individuals, ensembles, dance companies, independent film, television, digital picture books for 'Kidzebo', and recently for the dance suite "Inner- State 128" by Shari Repasz Schwendener.
A former student of jazz legends George Russell, Ran Blake, Jimmy Guiffre, Miroslav Vitous and Joe Maneri, Schwendener is currently on the jazz faculties of the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music, where he teaches George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization and directs ensembles. He also directs a Creative Music Ensemble at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. Ben is also a faculty member at U-Mass Boston, where he teaches a course he designed for the 'Creative and Critical Thinking' department. He is also the director of Gravity Arts, Inc. - an arts education non-profit, which he founded in 1997.
Witness of the Sun (1997); Road Trips (2001).
Co-led with Marc Rossi: Living Geometry (2001), Living Geometry II (2005);
Co-led with Uwe Steinmetz: Apfelschaun (2003)
Piano (sheet music) Books with recordings:
1. BEN SCHWENDENER'S CHILDREN'S MUSICVOLUME I (2007)(75 pages) (Includes CD)
2. BEN SCHWENDENER'S CHILDREN'S MUSIC VOLUME II (2007)(70 pages) (Includes CD)
3. BEN SCHWENDENER'S CHILDREN'S MUSIC Ambient Trio ((2007)25 pages) (Includes CD)
DVD: INNER-STATE "128"
A Dance Journey by Shari Repasz Schwendener / Music by Ben Schwendener (2005)