But Model isn’t your usual pianist and composer. Ben specializes in piano improvisation, which means that everyone present for The Comedy of Errors broadcast, including Model, will be hearing the music for the first time.
Model’s improvisational creations usually accompany silent movies, a passion of his that goes back to his days as a film student at NYU. He recalls taking a class on silent films where the students sat in silence. Model volunteered to accompany the screenings with music, the way they were meant to be seen and from there began to make connections and build a career.
Today Model improvises on the piano full time for silent movies across the country. He says that he has composed music on paper before, but he far prefers to improvise.
“Improvising isn’t just ‘winging it’.” he explains as he describes the combination of musicianship, chord progressions and themes, and instincts that come to him.
“Music will just come out of my hands...nothing you play is a mistake” Model says, “I also like to call it ‘Musical Language’ Composition in Performance’ and ‘Music of Momentary Significance’.”
Come hear Ben Model improvise the soundtrack for Lean & Hungry’s The Comedy of Errors at the American University’s Amphitheatre on Sunday June 22nd.
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