Jazz Studies

Ben Barson Wins ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award

PhD candidate Ben Barson is one of 15 recipients of the 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has made the awards since 2002 to encourage jazz composers under the age of 30. Barson received an award for his composition Insurrealista which he describes as an,

“…homage to the revolutionary surrealism of the father of Negritude, Aime Cesaire. In terms of influences, the piece employs a 20-string koto, within a jazz-hip hop rhythmic section.”

Barson Featured by Dietrich School

Jazz Studies PhD candidate Ben Barson’s music and research was recently highlighted in an interview with the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Barson is a composer, bari sax virtuoso, and scholar whose research focuses on stories of “resistance and self-determination.”

In his interview with the Dietrich School, Barson emphasized a community oriented approach and interdisciplinary opportunities as his primary reasons for coming to the Department of Music.