Ben Jameson is a composer and electric guitarist, based in the South of England. Born in Gloucester in 1990, he is currently studying for a PhD in composition at the University of Southampton with Matthew Shlomowitz and Benjamin Oliver. His research project is an investigation into the use of the electric guitar in contemporary concert music, with a particular focus on how its associations from popular culture influence the way that composers and audiences view the instrument. Ben’s music often engages with material from popular music traditions (particularly rock and metal), placing it in new and unexpected aesthetic contexts, and using the techniques of contemporary music to uncover new potential in these sounds and gestures. It has been performed in both the UK and Belgium, by musicians such as Mark Knoop and Ensemble Fractales. Ben is also active himself as a performer of contemporary repertoire for the electric guitar (including his own work) and has played at concert series including London’s Kammer Klang and Weisslich. More recently, he has been involved with organising and playing in the Southampton-based contemporary music ensemble ‘OUT-TAKE’. As a researcher, Ben has presented at conferences in the UK and USA, and has published an article based on his PhD work in the ‘TEMPO’ journal of new music.
Photos (Nick Rutter): performing Jacob TV’s Grab It! at Café Oto, in the Kammer Klang series, 4/11/14.