Stop. Rewind. Play. is a collage of sound and video consisting of three primary gestures as suggested by the title: 1) Stop = a sudden frozen or black image with silence or static sound, 2) Rewind = a fast whirlwind of activity, and 3) Play = a calm and moderate feel. All of the video source material was shot in collaboration with Samuel Wells and consists solely of images of trumpets. The audio sounds are primarily recordings of Sam Wells performing extended techniques such as double buzzing, multiphonics, tapping on the bell, and blowing through parts of the tubing. This work was commissioned by a consortium of trumpeters led by Samuel Wells in 2013.
The music of composer Benjamin Taylor (b. 1983) has been performed at major music festivals in the United States and abroad including the SEAMUS National Conference, SCI National Conference, Noisefloor Festival (UK), Electronic Music Midwest, and international jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Wigan, Marlborough and Birmingham. Having recently been selected as a participant in the 2012 ACO Underwood Reading Session, Mr. Taylor's prizes and honors include a 2011 Barlow Endowment Commission, and a 2011 BMI Student Composers Award. He has studied electronic music with Jeffrey Hass, Steven Ricks, and Elainie Lillios. He currently is completing his doctoral degree at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he resides his wife and three children.
Performer Biographical Sketch
Keith Benjamin joined the UMKC Conservatory of Music as professor of trumpet in 1989 with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. While in New York, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and held principal chairs in three other orchestras. Current orchestra positions include principal trumpet in the Colorado MahlerFest, and extra trumpet for the St. Louis and Kansas City Symphonies.
In addition to orchestral playing, Dr. Benjamin is an active recitalist and chamber musician, and is first trumpet in the Missouri Brass Quintet. His recitals frequently feature contemporary music, and he has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including compositions of Samuel Adler, James Mobberley, Peter Hamlin, Stephen David Beck, Eugene O’Brien, and many others. Recital and concert appearances in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and over 30 states are “travelling” highlights, and Kansas City also affords him the opportunity to have a lively professional career as a commercial, studio, and lead trumpet player.
Dr. Benjamin is partnered with Los Angeles organist Melody Steed in “Clarion”, a trumpet & organ duo which emphasizes 20th century music. The duo recently released Clarion: New Vintage, their second disc on Gothic Records, this one consisting of all commissioned American works, and completed a highly successful performance tour of Hungary in the summer of 2006. Plans for a third recording of all commissions are in the works.
Dr. Benjamin is an Artist-Clinician for the Selmer/Bach companies. He makes his home in Kansas City with his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Duncan and Rowan.