Ben composes with a wide palette of cutting edge and traditional sounds. Working fluidly between live performance and studio composition with the latest hi-tech tools, Ben is able to compose on site and in real time, carrying a studio on his back without compromising range or quality.
Since 2007 Ben has composed for more than 50 organizations, ranging from avant-garde museum installations to corporate keynotes. Additionally Ben has released 5 albums and toured extensively with his rock band Battlehooch.
With a background in classical piano and percussion, his compositions are grounded in melody and rhythm. He aims to create specific and unique moods by exploring the familiarity that can appear within strange juxtapositions.
Patricia West is an Oakland based dancer, choreographer, and elementary school teacher. She earned a B.A. in English, Dance, and Education at U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Education at San Jose State University. Patricia has worked and performed with Bay Area Repertory Dance, Capacitor, Levy Dance, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Robert Moses KIN, The Alayo Dance Company, and Zaccho Dance Theater. Patricia is currently one of the Education Coordinators for JGPG and has been a member since 2006.