Live world fusion/acoustic-electronic music project with Adham Shaikh, the Outworld Orkestra (www.outworld-orkestra.com) brings together the talents of artists from around the sphere adding unique and exotic instrumentation, dance and visual media to Adham’s organic and electronic sounds. The collaboration of the musicians with dance & visual art creates global music tapestries that take listeners on sonic journeys transcending time and place. Continue reading →
Producer Will Chapman and vocalist Michelle Moss’ The Arcane Garden presents Seed, their post-Peruvian journey featuring sacred Shipibo icaros and Ben Johnson on Santoor on track 6: Standing Stones. Continue reading →
Australian Didjeridu master Shine‘s first full-length release Great Central Sun – produced by Adham Shaikh – features Ben Johnson throughout on a variety of instruments including oud, çümbüş, tabla, Persian santoor & darbuka. Continue reading →
Recorded in one take in one room with one microphone, Gesundheit! is the second release by Nelson BC’s premiere klezmer jazz outfit, Heavy Shtetl. Featuring Ben Johnson on drums & darbukka. Continue reading →
Vi An is an improvisational Gu Zheng virtuoso. Vi An’s ‘Embark‘ marks the first album to feature tracks composed and produced by Ben Johnson: Track 9 ‘Yangucho’, and Track 10 ‘Goddess And Messenger’. Continue reading →
The Rembetika Hipsters‘ second album, marking the song-writing debut of Ben Johnson with the instrumental track ‘Mersini’. Ben is also featured on tabla on ‘Oso Varoun ta Sidera’, – a bold choice for a Cretan folk tune – and on drum kit in 7/8 time on ‘Evil Eye’.
Multi-disciplinary artist Xstine Cook released this EP featuring her original songs, Mark Sadlier-Brown on guitar, Mike McCafferty on bass, and Ben Johnson on drums. Performance highlights included whip-cracking solos, musical saw performance, and an axe solo.
A review and free track from the recording project “Universal Frequencies” by Adham Shaikh. The track “Desert Dub” features Ben Johnson on oud and frame drum. The frame drum’s skin had loosened in the warmth of the studio, we recorded it that way and feel it offers a unique sound.