Ben Miller

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Biography

CURRENT PERFORMANCE

The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra
NYC’s first full-on Saxophone orchestra featuring a dozen saxophones and Miller’s symphonic poly-tonal compositions.

Multiphonic Guitarscape
Microtonal Soundscape with hands-on electronics and visual projection

Ruines
Franck Vigroux: électronique, Ben Miller: texte/chanteaux, Azusa Takeuchi: dance, Yuta Ishikawa dance,
Kurt D’ Haeseleer: Video projection, Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves: artist, Parine: Stage Lighting, Michel Simonot: dramatist

Transistor
Ben Miller: voix
Franck Vigroux: électronique


PAST WORK

Glenn Branca Ensemble 2004-13
Recorded and performed with Glenn Branca’s Symphony #13 and #15. Toured internationally for The Ascension [the Sequel]

Third Border 2003-10
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist "Sun of Water, Sea of Light“ was 1 of 48 albums selected to be nominated for the Grammies best Alternative Album of 2006

Dirty Old Man River 1997-2000
multiphonic guitar

God Knows Who / GKW 1982-current
Art Rock ensemble using analog tapes and other outmoded technologies

Empool 1976-78
Psych-Noise ensemble led by twin brother Laurence

Destroy All Monsters 1976-78
Art Punk band including Stooge’s Ron Asheton and Michael Davis of the MC5

Sproton Layer 1969-71
Psychedelic Rock with brothers Roger and Laurence

SOUND DESIGN for FILM and DANCE

Live Sound Design for renowned poet Anne Carson’s “Nox” with Anne, Robert Currie, and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Boston, Miami, NYC. NOX recieved Bessie Award @ The Apollo, NYC 2013

Full Moon Audio Visual Series organized for collaboration between NYC musicians, dancers and visual artists

Sound for Filmmakers Raphael Maze, Ofer Mizra Chi, Mehrnaz Saeed Va Fa, Orin Buck, Sascha Just, Laurence Miller.

Sound Design for the late Carol Novack’s poetry "Inventions I & II"

Laurie Eisenhower Dance Company & Whitley Setrakian People Dancing

EMPLOYMENT

Sound Art Workshops
Columbia College Chicago IL; M.I.C.A. Baltimore MD; UMASS Lowell MA; Megapolis Festival Baltimore MD; C.A.S.A. Harrisburg PA; 119 Gallery Lowell MA; Arts in the Armory Somerville MA; The Rotunda Philadelphia PA, Fuse Factory Columbus OH, University of Michigan Art Dept., Anis Gras FR

Music Teacher
Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Piano, Drums, Vocal, Theory, Technique, Ear Training, Songwriting, Composition, Improvisation. All Ages

Producer
Engineered - Mastered analog/digital. Releases on Bulb, New Alliance, Living, Tiger Asylum, Obsolete Units, and Gulcher Records

EDUCATION

Columbia College Chicago, BA in Music Composition and English, 2002

Saxophone Instruction w/Ari Brown and Ken Vandermark, Chicago 1995

New Music Workshop, Ann Arbor MI, 1976
Guitar in large ensemble guided by saxophone extraordinaire Anthony Braxton

Thomas Jefferson College, Allendale MI, 1974
20th Century Composition, Music for Dance

Boston School of Contemporary Music, 1973
Music Theory, Guitar Technique, Group Improvisation Techniques