Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert: Benjamin Hunter and students: African American Roots Music

Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 7:30pm
Autumn Quarter Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Benjamin Hunter
Autumn Quarter Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Benjamin Hunter

Autumn Quarter Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Benjamin Hunter and students present an end-of-quarter performance. With special guest Joe Seamons, Pacific Northwest-based multi-instrumentalist and educator.

Masks are required in all indoor spaces on the UW campus. Capacity in Brechemin Auditorium is limited to 100. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours of the performance) required. Details of these protocols available here.

Benjamin Hunter

Reality has offered a fertile canvas for violinist, storyteller, educator and community enterpriser Benjamin Hunter’s endeavoring mind. 

Cross pollinating multiple artistic disciplines for more than a decade, the Seattle based polymath and multi-instrumentalist has dedicated his life to transforming the world’s stale status quo into a vibrant, inclusive, communal, and compassionate society. 

Benjamin is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, community activist, social entrepreneur, and educator.  Benjamin’s work explores the intersections of music & art, community, policy, and culture. 

In 2016, his America roots duo with Joe Seamons took first place in the International Blues Competition.  In 2018, Benjamin composed the music for the critically acclaimed production, Black Bois.  With his primary instrument the violin, he is as comfortable playing classical as he is blues and jazz.  City Arts Magazine wrote, “ The music he plays not only spans an array of genres but a huge swath of history.”  Living Blues magazine wrote, “An unbridled freedom and genre emancipation is evident in Ben Hunter’s music, yet the deep blues are a cornerstone of his style”.  

Benjamin Hunter is the founder and director of Community Arts Create, co-founder of the Hillman City Collaboratory, co-founder of Black & Tan Hall, sits on the Seattle Music Commission, and is a teaching artist for JazzEd as well as festivals around the world.  Benjamin is a 2020/2021 Artist-in-Residence at On The Boards, and is a 2020 Artist Trust Fellowship Awards recipient.