Ben Verdery: Scenes from Ellis Island

by Ben Verdery

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What He Said
Now and Ever: I.
Now and Ever: II.
From Aristotle: I. The Poet Being an Imitator
From Aristotle: II. A Noun
From Aristotle: III. A Verb
From Aristotle: IV. The Wineless Cup
the rain falls equally on all things, a fantasy


Guitarist and composer Ben Verdery's "Scenes from Ellis Island" contains selections of his eclectic solo and ensemble music. Verdery's broad sources of inspiration include world music traditions, gospel, pop music, history, philosophy, and of course virtuosic guitar composition, combining these together in music that resonates with expansive joy.


releases February 14, 2020

What He Said: Ben Verdery, guitar; Simon Powis, guitar

Now and Ever: Ben Verdery, guitar

From Aristotle: Ben Verdery, guitar; Mark Martin, mixed vocals

the rain falls equally on all things, a fantasy: Ben Verdery, guitar

Scenes from Ellis Island: Ben Verdery, guitars; Simon Powis, guitar; Guilherme Nardelli Monegatto, cello; Hawa Kasse Mady Diabate, vocals

Produced by Matthew LeFevre, Ben Verdery and Solomon Silber

From Aristotle and Now and Ever recorded by Solomon Silber at Elm City Records Studio, New Haven

Scenes from Ellis Island recorded by Matthew LeFevre and Pedro Lopez at Temenos Studios Madrid. Mixed by Matthew LeFevre and Ben Verdery

All other compositions recorded by Matthew LeFevre at the Yale School of Music. Mixed and Mastered by Matthew LeFevre

Design: Marc Wolf (

All works except From Aristotle are published by Les Editions Doberman Yppan




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director) and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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