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June 9th, 2008

Naturalismo Presents: Ben Sollee Live at Silverlake Lounge

With classical, jazz, American folk, and even Chinese influences, Ben Sollee’s sound is as idiosyncratic as it is soothing and warm. Southern born but classically trained, the music of Ben Sollee is as affable, wry, and intelligent as the man himself. Having played cello with a number of legendary performers (including Bela Fleck, Otis Taylor, and the Sparrow Quartet), Ben’s honed his chops in concert halls and back porches alike.

According to his myspace, “It was the cat-poles around the lake at his grandfather’s farm that inspired Ben Sollee’s debut album Learning To Bend. The frailty of those awkward looking plants standing stoutly against winds that challenged even the strongest of nearby trees is an affecting metaphor for human struggle and perseverance.”

I was lucky enough to catch Ben at his first ever solo performance at the Silverlake Lounge. If you like what you see, be sure to catch him live! (click for more)

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