Benford is a percussionist, composer and improviser, specializing in hand drumming and music for modern dance. Recent works include: “View From the Hudson“, commissioned by Randy James Dance Works-a forty minute work for seven dancers and five musicians, premiered at John Jay Theatre, NYC, February, and “Verge“, a ritualistic score for hand drummers and six dancers, presented in New Brunswick NJ, in April. Benford was responsible for much of the music for choreographer Sean Curran¹s “Percussion Suite“, which premiered at the Joyce Theatre, New York City, in June 2001. Percussion Suite consists of “Abstract Concrete” (2000), “Quadrabox Redux“(1991/2001), and “Metal Garden“(2001). He continues to have opportunities to perform“Quadrabox Redux“, with Sean Curran and others, including at the Duke on 42nd Street in February of this year, and a two week season at the New Victory Theatre in March of 2003. CD releases include Noise of Choice (1997), Fluctuating Hemlines (1996/2000), and The Metal Garden (2000), after which the Curran dance was named. Pending commissions include another piece for Sean Curran, for the Ugandan xylophone known as the amadinda, a recent work for choreographer Jane Comfort, at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston ME, and his newest CD TALAMALIKA, Hand Drumming and Vocal Suite in 5 Parts, released in May 2004. Benford is an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He wishes to thank Martha Partridge and his daughter Regina Benford for their continued love and support.
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