co-founder & instructor
Ben is an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist and composer, local entrepreneur, and community activist. In 2011, he founded Community Arts Create, a small, arts and community development organization that uses creativity as a stimulus for inter-generational, inter-cultural social engagement.
In 2013, he co-founded The Hillman City Collaboratory, an incubator for social change in South Seattle. Trained as a classical violinist since age 5, Ben began exploring the world of fiddling while working towards his degree in performance from Whitman College. He added vocals, mandolin, guitar and rattling bones to his repertoire as he traveled the country studying roots music in his duo with Joe Seamons.
Ben continues to perform on violin with various Seattle ensembles, playing bluegrass, old time, jazz, classical, and world folk. Born abroad and fortunate to have traveled extensively as a kid, he brings a world music curiosity to his teaching and playing.