Ben Shirley and the Scrimshaw Ensemble at The Uncertainty Music Series

Scrimshaw Ensemble
Scrimshaw Ensemble

July’s uncertainty music series featured Ben Shilrley(guitar) and the Scrimshaw Ensemble:
Nathan Bontrager on cello,
Adam Matlock on accordion,
Anne Rhodes voice,
& Carl Testa on bass.

The group performed a set of Ben’s original music followed by improvisational sets for duets. The group concluded the night by a piece for quintet written by Ben.

The Uncertainty music series is a regular event that takes place in Never Ending Books store on State Street in New Haven, CT.
For more information, please check their Facebook page or website.

Benjamin Shirley presents a set of his music featuring the Scrimshaw Ensemble consisting of Nathan Bontrager on cello, Adam Matlock on accordion, Ben Shirley on guitar, Carl Testa on bass and Anne Rhodes(voice)

By Kinan Faham

"the Silent Camera" was conceived in 2009 and was inspired by the music of Arvo Part especially his piece "Silentium". I perceive the modern world as oscillating between two extremes that are analogous to two of Arvo Part's pieces: "Perpetuum Mobile" represents the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the sea of people surrounding you, the noise in the streets, the deadlines, the challenges and the lessons to learn, the new technologies and risks facing our civilization, the musical pieces you learn [or fail to master],.. etc. "Silentium" represents the resolution of every musical note, every spoken word and every movement of your day. It is the moment that you are most likely to remember after the day's noise has settled and its turbulence has subsided. It is the moment that we all crave and the moment that will allow us to persist to the next day when the Perpetuum Mobile cycle starts again.

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