Live Review: Ben Darwish and the Shook Twins Present "The Clear Blue Pearl" at the Alberta Rosa Theater, 1/19


Thursday evening marked the debut of The Clear Blue Pearl, a 10-song musical epic about the hunt for an aquifer amidst a punishing drought. The highly imaginative piece was scored last winter by Portland jazzsmith Ben Darwish during his Caldera residency just outside Sisters, Ore.For a guy familiar with collaboration, the concept still felt like a stretch. How could Ben Darwish’s jazzy, cerebral ...   More
Monday, January 23, 2012 MARK STOCK

Cut of the Day: "Geyser," Ben Darwish & the Shook Twins


In the current edition of Willamette Week, Jonathan Frochtzwajg spoke to local instrumental virtuoso Ben Darwish about his "fantasy folk-step" collaboration with folk trio the Shook Twins, The Clear Blue Pearl. Frankly, the whole concept made me a bit nervous. All those words fill me with a bit of dread. I mean, generally speaking, I'm cool with folk music, and I don't have the vehement, kneejerk dislike ...   More
Thursday, January 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Ben Darwish and Shook Twins: Thursday, Jan. 19

Jazz meets rock meets folk meets...dubstep?

Music Stories
 [FOLK-STEP] It’s an unseasonably bright January day; sunlight pours through the windows of Caffe Vita and backlights Ben Darwish’s ’fro. The local keyboardist-composer, 27, has a cerebral...   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Duo Denim

Heat Rocks Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[MINIMAL ELECTRO-FUNK] When you get two musicians as talented as keyboardist Ben Darwish (Commotion, Ben Darwish Trio) and drummer Drew   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Memo to Last-Minute Santa Clauses

WW’s Fifth Annual Holiday Compilation Will Change History.

The first incarnation of WW’s annual holiday album, Another Gray Christmas, opened with lots of swearing.   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

TBA Diary: Afrobeat Tribute to Michael Jackson

Even before the Gloved One's death, it had been planned: esteemed, talented local jazz pianist Ben Darwish was to inaugurate an Afrobeat Tribute to Michael Jackson for PICA's TBA Festival, making over MJ's works in the style of Fela Kuti, Afrobeat's founder. And well, it was difficult at first to figure out what, about this, was culturally icky, though it was icky. It was, after all a mere ...   More
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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