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Performing original music inspired by Cuban, Brazilian and gospel music, Ben is joined by long-standing music collaborators which include 2015 National Jazz Award winner, Sam Anning on bass and Alex Hirlian on drums.
Ben has a diversely intriguing history as a musician. He has been playing piano since the of age 10 and he started his performing career on drums at age 14 in an anarchist punk band. He went on to study with Paul Grabowsky and former Jazz messenger Mickey Tucker. After completing a music degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1994. Playing a lot of salsa and freelancing around Melbourne, he spent some time travelling Europe, including a 6 month sojourn in Barcelona where he performed with his trio at the Pipa Club.
On his return to Melbourne, he began exploring some other musical interests that had previously been sidelined in favour of jazz: Cuban music, drum and bass, techno, klezmer and tango. He had some success with the pioneering “live electronica” group Ping, with whom he played many of the major Australian festivals, toured the east coast and enjoyed a minor cult following in Melbourne. He kept developing his jazz playing, continued to play with Rumberos and other Latin bands, and spent some time studying Bach with John O’Donnell.
In 2003 he went to New York to undertake further study with Sam Yahel, Harold Mabern, George Cables, Barry Harris, and Sonny Bravo. There’s obviously something special about New York’s Jazz scene as Ben has called New York home ever since.
We are thrilled he is able to tour Australia for his awesome album releases, five in total. His fifth album Balance is the celebration of the Ben Winkelman Trio’s next upcoming tour.
Pianist Ben Winkelman’s fifth album is … so innovative, and played with such power, that the listener is left open-mouthed. The Australian
Featuring inventive and surprising numbers off the back of its latest release, Balance. Praised as a thing of beauty (Downbeat), Winkelman’s music explores diverse interests filtered through a jazz perspective, from Afro-Cuban to gospel and classical music, with a focus on Latin rhythms.
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