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


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