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Alaska & Early Fall

Hello from Homer, Alaska (seen above), where Wild Shore is premiering one of my pieces as part of a beautiful and stylistically diverse program of new music celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Wild Shore is up here this week, but after we leave Alaska, the whole program will be performed again at Federal Hall in Brooklyn on 8/23 and then at the National Sylvan Theater in DC on 8/25. The music on the program is all awesome, and the performers are incredible; I encourage you to go if you are able. I’ve got to admit that I’m not generally used to sitting passively as an audience member while my music is performed by other people, so I’ve been finding this experience both surreal and entirely agreeable.

I flew up here shortly after arriving back in New England from a long summer tour through what I consider to be many of the best parts of America. Parts of that tour looked like this, like this, like this, like this, like this and like this. For one concert, I got to play inside a log cabin built in the 1890s by a homesteader on the Olympic Peninsula, and at another one I played in a barn full of garlic. I love national tours, and the shows on this one were as gratifying and fun as any I’ve played.

Anyway, after I get back from Alaska, I’ll have a few shows in the northeast during late August and early September, where I hope to try out a few new songs. If you live near these places I hope you can come:

8/22 - BROOKLYN, NY - Pete’s Candy Store, 9:30pm
8/27 - MANCHESTER, MA - Manchester by the Book, 8pm
9/4 - BRATTLEBORO, VT - Whetstone Station, 5pm
9/8 - CAMBRIDGE, MA - Lilypad, 8:15pm (details here)
9/15 - FITCHBURG, MA - Fitchburg Public Library, 6:30pm
9/18 - MONTPELIER, VT - Skinny Pancake, 5:30pm

Also, during the beginning of September, I’ll be headquartered in Waterville Valley, NH, courtesy of the Margret & H.A. Rey Center: I’ll be living and working in the cottage where H.A. finished writing the most comprehensible book about astronomy that I know about. Please visit.

That’s enough for now. It was great to see so many of you this summer. As always, I hope you’re all well, and I hope to see you soon.

Ben

Summer Tour 2016

Hey everyone —

I’ll be running all over the place this June & July, starting way up in Colebrook, New Hampshire and then wandering all the way out to the west coast and back, hitting many of my very favorite areas along the way.

More dates will be added to this list in the coming days, but the general shape of those two months is now outlined on this website’s performances page. Please keep an eye on that space for details as more shows are attached! I hope to see you out there.

– Ben

White Mountains

Over the next few days, AANNH and White Mountain National Forest have got me scrambling all over northern New Hampshire to play for and discuss landscape/music with just about every different type of person that there is up there. Several of these events are open to the public — hopefully I can catch you at one of them!

5/13 GORHAM – Community Breakfast, Gorham Congregational Church (7:30am)
5/13 BERLIN – Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (1pm)
5/13 BRETTON WOODS – Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort: Visiting Artist Event:
- Meet the Artist (5pm)
- Preview Concert (7pm)
5/14 BRETTON WOODS – Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort
- Artist Demo (11am)
- Dialogue/Q&A (1pm)
- Nature Writing Workshop (3pm)
- Final Concert (7pm)
- Dinner with the Artist (8:30pm)
5/16 GORHAM – WMNF Androscoggin Ranger Station (10am)
5/16 BERLIN – Berlin High School – Band (12:30pm)
5/16 BERLIN – Berlin High School – Music Theory (1:30pm)
5/16 GORHAM – Edward Fenn Elementary School (3pm)
5/16 GORHAM – Gorham Middle & High School (4:30pm)
5/18 PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Senior Center (11am – details)
5/18 BERLIN – Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (3pm)
5/18 JACKSON – Whitney Center (7pm)
6/1 WHITEFIELD – Morrison Home (10am)
6/1 WHITEFIELD – MacIntyre Apartments (11am)
6/1 BERLIN – Coos County Nursing Home (2pm)
6/2 PITTSBURG – Pittsburg School (12:45pm & 1:30pm)
6/2 W. STEWARTSTOWN – Coos County Hospital (3pm)
6/2 COLEBROOK – Tillotson Center (7pm)