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Ben Neill

Ramapo College
Associate Professor
New York, US
Composer/performer Ben Neill is the inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument, and is widely recognized as a musical innovator through his recordings, performances and installations. Neill has recorded ten CDs of his music on the Universal/Verve, Thirsty Ear, Astralwerks, Six Degrees, Ramseur, New Tone and Ear-Rational labels. Horizonal, his latest album, was released on Vienna-based Audiokult Recordings in September 2015, and was presented as a collaborative installation with Andy Moses at the Ramapo College Art Gallery in 2016. His electronic opera The Demo, inspired by computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart and created with composer/performer Mikel Rouse, was premiered in April 2015 at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall. Other performances include BAM Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cite de la Musique Paris, Moogfest, Spoleto Festival, Umbria Jazz, Bang On A Can Festival, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival. Neill has worked closely with many musical innovators including John Cage, LaMonte Young, John Cale, Pauline Oliveros, Gary Lucas, Rhys Chatham, DJ Spooky, David Berhman, Mimi Goese, Nicolas Collins, and David Rothenberg.