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BEN MONDER: California tour (mid September)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:52 pm    Post subject: BEN MONDER: California tour (mid September) Reply with quote

For the first time, esteemed New York City guitarist Ben Monder will bring his trio to California for a series of concerts and workshops this September. Monder is one of the most distinguished and cutting edge guitarists today creating mind bending harmonic passages never heard before on six strings.

Audio clips and info are available at

He improvises fluid melodic lines on par with the most skilled woodwind player’s melodies. His compositions are mesmerizing, introspective, and harmonically adventurous.

“Ben Monder has played nearly unsurpassable jazz guitar with any number of actual jazz groups. But what he plays with his own group comes from another planet.”
- Ben Ratliff, NY Times

Monder has worked extensively as a sideman appearing on over 90 CDs, which include Maria Schneider Orchestra, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, Lee Konitz’s New Nonet, and Marc Johnson.

Monder has four discs released as a leader: Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Sunnyside, re-release 2006), Dust (Sunnyside, re-release 2006), and Flux (Songlines, 1995). A forthcoming release with vocalist Theo Bleckmann is due out in early 2007 on the Songlines label. Ben will play solo and ensemble compositions off of his latest
release, Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and others. Ben Monder is available for radio and press interviews and recommended tracks for airplay Dust, The Third Eyebrow, and In Memoriam (Dust).

Ben Monder Trio
Ben Monder: guitar
Ted Poor: drums
Ben Street: double bass


Sunday, September 17: Monterey
Monterey Jazz Festival
Starbucks coffeehouse Gallery
Sets: 8/9:30/ 11pm
Tel: 925.275.9255

Monday, September 18: Culver City
Club Tropical
Time: 8:30 pm
641 Washington Blvd
Tel: 310-559-1127
Tickets: $15, $8 (student w/id)

Tuesday September 19: Los Angeles
Workshop at University of Southern California Studio Guitar Dept.

Wednesday, September 20: Santa Barbara
Center Stage Theatre
8pm with opening set by Jim Connolly & Jeff Kaiser
Located in Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets
Tel: 805.963.0408
Tickets: $18, $13(student)

Thursday, September 21: Bakersfield
Cal State Bakersfield Music Department
3pm: workshop
8 pm: concert
Tel: 661. 664.3093

Friday, September 22: Orange County or L.A.
TBD (most likely Cafe Metropol in L.A)

Saturday, September 23: Mission Viejo Saddleback College

Sunday, September 24: San Diego
28000 Marguerite Parkway 344 7th Avenue (between J & K)
On the edge of downtown San Diego's East Village
Tel: (949) 582-4656
Tel: 858.270.7467
Tickets: $15, $10 (students)
8pm: concert 7 pm: Concert

* Tour info: emal robert at Banana Bread
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