If heaven exists, Ben is going to find it with delay pedals and join the chorus of angels. Cascading flows of electric guitar wed with long, resonant clouds of tone and a honeyed singing voice. Shoots for hypnotic, intimate, moving. Hopes to perform in unusual situations or buildings as often as possible.
Ben has often said that each time he plays a show, he hopes to have at least one person fall asleep or start crying. He's usually successful, like 8/10.
Since 2011, Ben has released three solo recordings, a collaborative LP with Portland band the Early, and a live recording with the Ben Seretan Group on WFMU. He's also played lots and lots of shows.
Ben grew up in Southern California, in Orange County. When he was a kid, he went to church and played the cello. Then he went out to school, at Wesleyan University, studying with such luminaries as Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. After briefly living in rural Missouri, Ben moved to Brooklyn. He's lived there since. In 2012, Ben was an artist in residence at the Wassaic Project. In 2013, Ben was named one of the Sitka Fellows. He lived and worked in southeast Alaska for most of the summer.
Influences: La Monte Young and Terry Riley, Prince, Alice Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, John Fahey/Jack Rose/Leo Kottke, Don Caballero, James Blood Ulmer, Joni Mitchell, Black Flag, Red House Painters, Weezer, all praise be to Neil Young
Available for concerts of all types, gallery shows, film soundtracking, and whatever else.