Horizonal, New Album Release September 15

Ben Neill's new album Horizonal will be released on Vienna based Audiokult Recordings on September 15, 2015. Read more about the album here

Two tracks from the forthcoming album are featured on recent compilations from Audiokult

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The Demo

The Demo is an electronic opera by Mikel Rouse and Ben Neill. The piece is inspired by the remarkable story of computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart’s prophetic vision of a world interconnected through personal computers. His 1968 demo rolled out virtually all that would define modern computing including videoconferencing, text editing, and something called a "mouse." Using emerging digital technologies to explore live performance with interactive media and original music, The Demo reveals the origin of computing and the internet as a unique hybrid performance event.

The world premiere of The Demo was April 1-2, 2015 at the Bing Concert Hall as part of the Stanford Live series.

Press for the world premiere performances can be viewed here. Touring prospectus for The Demo can be viewed here

Manitoga Concert 2015

Ben Neill will lead an ensemble of 15 musicians in a program of contemporary music designed to respond to SANCTUARY by Stephen Talasnik. The performance will feature violinist Todd Reynolds playing original works as well as a performance of John Cage's Five - one of the composer's later 'Number Pieces'. The concert will conclude in grand style with a group of 15 players performing a spirited version of Terry Riley's landmark minimalist composition In C.

Mimi Goese and Ben Neill at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Mimi Goese and Ben Neill premiere a new song at the Whitney Museum of American Art on Wednesday, July 22 as part of the Dancenoise retrospective exhibition and performance series.

Mimi and Ben are currently working on a new set of songs in the studio, more performances to come this Fall.

Performances of The Second Dream by La Monte Young at Dia Art Foundation

On July 31 and August 1 Ben Neill and Charles Curtis lead 2 performances of The Second Dream of the High Tension Stepdown Line Transformer by La Monte Young at the Dia Art Foundation in New York City.

Concert information

The Guardian

New York Times

This fall The Second Dream will be performed in several European cities with an ensemble of 8 trumpets in Harmon mutes.

Manitoga Commission and Premiere 2014

MANITOGA is a new outdoor work commissioned through a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists grant by the Russel Wright Center in Garrison, NY for a unique brass quintet with live computer controlled processing. The piece is for Neill's self-designed mutantrumpet along with 4 players of Carol Szymanski’s brass “phonemophones,” each of which forms a letter of the alphabet in a font of her design. The horns used are the letters in the word MANITOGA. Neill’s mutantrumpet acts as the controller for processing the other instruments along with sounds of the environment. The piece was premiered on July 26, 2014 at Manitoga/the Russel Wright Center for Art and Design.

WNYC New Sounds feature program on Manitoga

Manitoga featured on New Music World's best events of 2014

Ben Neill's Manitoga at Manitoga

Trumpeters Emerge from Woods in Ben Neill's Manitoga