Doris Duke Impact Award, 2014
New York, NY
A musician in the New York area for more than 25 years, “guitarist’s guitarist” and composer Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Bill McHenry, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory from 2002-05. Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. His most recent compositions are unique in their complexity, unusual voicings, dissonance, and lyricism, and are written for trio with multiple voices. He has appeared on more than 140 albums as a sideman, and has released five as a leader: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and Flux (Songlines, 1995). In 2014, Monder will release a new album of solo/duo material, launch a new trio project, and release his second book of compositions.