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Aaron Bennett

aaron bennett
Lives and works in Oakland, California USA
Saxophonist and composer Aaron Bennett has been performing music professionally as an active part of the jazz and improvised music communities for over 15 years. Born in Long Beach California, he was introduced to jazz and the Avant-garde at a young age by his mother who was both an abstract painter and avid jazz fan. He has studied music at Cal State Long Beach, where he received a B.A. in music performance and at California Institute of the Arts where he studied composition with Wadada Leo Smith and received an M.F.A. in music. Besides Western Classical Music and Jazz, he has studied the music of West Africa, Indonesia (Balinese and Javanese Gamelan), South and North India, and Traditional Japanese Gagaku music. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad including performances with Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Kowald, John Butcher, Marco Eneidi, Henry Kaiser, Francis Wong, Oluyemi Thomas, Donald Robinson, Gianni Gebbia. He currently resides in Oakland, California, where he is an active part of the improvised music scene. Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra and Go-Go Fighmaster are San Francisco Bay Area based ensembles led by Aaron Bennett on woodwinds.

  "Bennett's bold jazz gestures apply strong improvisation along with commanding control over an instrument that has seen few true masters in the course of its history."  --  Andrew Magilow, Splendid E-Zine

mp3 samples:
House Carpentar (from Go-Go FightMaster)
B (from Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra)

Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America - PR90276
Voices In The Wilderness was created out of the anxiety and disillusionment of Bush's reelection on November 3, 2004. This composition of twenty-six artists transcends music genres and ideologies with the common purpose of dissent towards the havoc and bloodshed cause by Bush and the U.S. military's dominance. This collection of political protest music spans experimental, rock, free-improv, electronic, folk, field recordings, and spoken word. This CD is ultimately a reminder and wake-up call that we can not be silent during these times. Contributions from Aaron Bennett, Andre Custodio, Marina Lazzara, mJane, Marcos Fernandes, Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis, The Slow Poisoners, Neshama Alma Band, 99 Hooker, Cornelius Cardew Choir, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Blaise Siwula, many more. more info. press/airplay: Centre for Political Song, Jazz e Arredores, The Belly of the Beast with Stefan on WFMU, The No Show on KDHX, 2, Improvijazzation Nation #71, The Brian Turner Show on WFMU, The New Edge on WMBR, Drool Trough (show #29) on Aural Innovations Radio
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go-go fightmaster
GO-GO FIGHTMASTER - 's/t' - PR90258
Jazz that embraces both the avant-garde and the straight-ahead. Drawing on all forms of world, popular and folk music to create their refreshingly unique sound, which engineer/producer Myles Boisen has dubbed "Heavy-Metal Country Jazz". Featuring Aaron Bennett - saxophone; John Finkbeiner - guitar; Adam Lane - bass; Vijay Anderson - drums. press: Touching Extremes, Music Extreme
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This new nine-piece ensemble, with strings, woodwinds, guitar, accordion, and tuba, performs the structured improv compositions of Aaron Bennett, an active member of the vital San Francisco improv scene. Featuring Bay Area musicians Aaron Bennett - woodwinds; Mark Chung - violin; Jeff Hobbs - violin; Merlin Coleman - cello; Adam Lane - cello; George Cremaschi - bass; Joe Sabella - tuba; Dan Cantrell - accordion and John Finkbeiner - guitar. press: All Music Guide, Signal to Noise, SonoLoco Record Reviews, Aural Innovations, Jack Blaster Reviews, One Final Note, Kathodik, Aiding & Abetting, Improvijazzation Nation,
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