Eastern Europe meets rural Australia – violin/guitar/double bass trio with original compositions influenced by Hot Club of France, Czech Republic and Australian folk/bush music
Debut album “Windfarms of Your Mind ” released 2011
– The Best of 2011 – Rhythms Magazine Writers Poll – Billy Pinnell (Australia’s leading roots music publication.)
– listed in “Best CDs of 2011” on Music Web Express 3000
– Reviewed in UK magazine Pipeline July 2012
The Ben Rogers Trio plays a variety of mostly original tunes with influences including hot swing, folk, country and classical. Ben’s compositions draw on his many years of guitar playing across a range of styles in Perth, Adelaide, rural Victoria and Melbourne. Violinist Romana Geermans is a graduate of the Prague Conservatorium who has toured with such diverse acts as The Czechoslovak Chamber Orchestra, Charley Pride, and Johnny Chester. The trio is rounded out by Nikki Scarlett on double bass and (occasionally) ukulele. Their debut album Windfarms of Your Mind was included in The Best of 2011: Rhythms Magazine Writers’ Poll.
Liner notes from Windfarms of Your Mind:
This is the album I’ve wanted to make for a few years now. It’s a collection of both new and old tunes, the earliest of which is my very first composition (12 O’Clock Man), written as a young student of the guitar in the early sixties. The style of this tune reflects the influence of my music teacher – Miss Shirley Appelt of Curlwaa, New South Wales, whose background was in big bands of the swing era. (A couple of years later Miss Appelt was very disappointed when I went off and joined a band called the K’Motions to play the popular music of the day – Easybeats, Stones, Beatles etc.). Some years down the track I discovered the music of Django Reinhardt, and this has become a strong influence on my playing and my appreciation of the guitar. For me, Django remains an endless source of inspiration.
The other members of The Ben Rogers Trio – Romana Geermans and Nikki Scarlett – have each contributed significantly towards making this project a reality. Some of the tracks were written specifically to be performed and recorded by this trio, with the knowledge that both players would bring something additional to each composition by their own style and interpretation, and would also contribute to the arrangement.
This album covers a range of styles, generally within the acoustic format, and is a reflection of my musical experiences across various genres, in all sorts of bands, from Mildura to Adelaide to
Perth and Melbourne. Each style of music demands something different of the players and the compositions, and each style leaves its impressions upon the player. The instrumentation itself also imposes its influence on the music, so that the same piece can sound and feel very different when interpreted on violin, compared with distorted electric guitar. The sound and style of a piece of music may also affect each listener differently. All of these aspects contribute to the fun of making music.
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