ABOUT BENJAMIN

"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable!"

- Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is art, art is theatre, theatre is music. The arts are so circular in many ways and I bring that into my work as a musician, teacher, and creative. The singer should not only sing the notes and rhythms on a page, but ponder the meaning of why the composer set this text to this specific music. The instrumentalist should not only play the notes and rhythms on a page, but consider what expressive, and possibly theatricaltechniques they can use to evoke the subtext between the notes. The voice might crack, but if it's in justice to the emotion and passion of the piece you're performing, so be it. Much of what we learn as artists in this world is focused on what we can do technically and mechanically perfect. But it is actually in the

imperfections that arise from live performance that add intrigue, spontaneity, and overall enjoyment of the work itself. 

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