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Benjamin Verdery celebrates 30 years at Yale with his own compositions Jan. 19

Verdery plays Verdery, with guest artists including Yale guitar alum Simon Powis
December 23, 2015

verdery_benThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents guitarist Benjamin Verdery on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 pm.

Celebrating Verdery’s 30 years on the YSM faculty, the recital will feature Verdery playing his own compositions in collaboration with guest artists. Featured guests include guitarist Simon Powis ’08 MM, ’10 MMA, ’14 DMA, a former student of Verdery’s.

Beatboxer and vocal percussionist Mark Martin will team up with Verdery on the premiere of a new work. The concert will conclude with another collaborative piece featuring hip-hop artist Billy Dean, with whom Verdery has collaborated extensively. VIDEO

Since joining the faculty in 1985, Verdery has not only been a frequent performer himself, but has performed alongside his students in Carnegie Hall, and introduced the semiannual Guitar Extravaganza and Guitar Chamber Music concerts to Yale’s performance roster.

About Benjamin Verdery

Described as “iconoclastic” and “inventive” by the New York Times and “one of the classical guitar world’s foremost personalities” by Classical Guitar Magazine, Benjamin Verdery enjoys an innovative and eclectic musical career. As a performer, Verdery has given concerts around the world, with repeat appearances at the International Guitar Festival (Singapore, 2011), the Festival International de Agosto (Caracas), the Schubert Festival (Bad Urach, Germany), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera (NYC) and elsewhere.

Among the composers who have written works for him are Ingram Marshall, Jack Vees, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Christopher Theofanidis, and Roberto Sierra. As a composer, Verdery’s works are published by Doberman-Yppan, and have been performed by such artists as John Williams, Sergio and Odair Assad, David Russell, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. In addition, he has had commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts and Pensacola College.

Verdery has appeared with such diverse artists as Hermann Prey, John Williams, Paco Peña, Leo Kottke, Andy Summers, and Jessye Norman. He has performed duos with his wife, flutist Rie Schmidt, and with steel guitarist William Coulter. As a recording artist, Verdery has released over 15 albums, all available on Amazon. His latest include Happy Here (2011), with William Coulter; First You Build A Cloud (2007), a collaboration with Andy Summers of The Police; and Branches (2007), a solo album featuring arrangements of Bach, Mozart, Strauss, and Hendrix. His recording Start Now (Mushkatweek) won the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Award.

The concert takes place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), and is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.