Voted 'Rising Star' flutist in Downbeat Magazine's 62nd Annual Critics Poll

Nineteen-Eight Holiday Sale and end-of-year wrap-up 

Hello friends, and seasons' greetings!

In the spirit of the season, the good folks over at Nineteen-Eight Records are offering a sweet deal on all of their records, including "Crossing" released this year by your's truly. For a limited time only, they are offering every single cd in their catalog for only $7 each. This special holiday pricing will last through the rest of December only and will end on January first. You can see the limited-time pricing adjusted on each artist page. This pricing only applies to physical CDs and is only available at Nineteen-Eight. If you already have "Crossing", perhaps you know some else who may enjoy it (…just saying'…!) or perhaps check out some of the other fantastic releases from this year. Either way, can't go wrong with great music!

"Crossing" has had some fine reviews over the year including some recent end-of-the-year press:

'CROSSING' TOP DEBUT ALBUM OF 2011--Jazz Journalists Association

BEST OF 2011

"The first time I listened to "Crossing" (Nineteen-Eight), the debut CD by multi-reed player Ben Kono, the music stopped me cold. Not only does Kono play a slew of instruments (oboe, english horn, flute, alto flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone and shakuhachi), his compositions and arrangements are strikingly good. Supported by the rhythm section of John Hollenbeck (drums) and John Hebert (bass) plus the fine keyboard work of Henry Hey and soaring electric guitar of Pete McCann (his acoustic work is also excellent), Kono creates an aural auto-biography that is as moving as it is musical. His wife, Heather Laws, adds vocals and french horn to several tracks. What a debut!"--Step Tempest


"Kono is one of the stal­wart ses­sion men on the New York scene, from Broad­way to the stel­lar big bands of Darcy James Argue and John Hol­len­beck. His ver­sa­til­ity as a player comes through on Cross­ing in a rich range of musi­cal think­ing; all the pieces are his own, and his writ­ing makes excel­lent use of word­less voice, french horn, and his own ter­rific flute and double-reed play­ing. His writ­ing makes the band, with Heather Laws the afore­men­tioned singer/horn player, Henry Hey on piano, gui­tarist Pete McCann, John Hébert on bass and drum­mer Hol­len­beck, sound enor­mous. The musi­cal ideas come out of the con­tem­po­rary legacy of sophis­ti­cated, inter­na­tion­ally tinged jazz com­po­si­tion and orches­tra­tion, make use of the best lessons from the likes of Pat Metheny as well as his own col­leagues. Kono places an empha­sis on melody, and is a real crafts­man, shift­ing his lovely lines through dif­fer­ent tex­tures and har­monies, com­bin­ing sec­tions that seem like bits of songs into larger forms and never los­ing track of where he has come from and where he is going."--The Big City Blog

Looking forward to some great things in 2012 and I hope to see you at some of them! Thanks for listening and for your continued support, I wish you all the best for the holidays and the new year.

Ben Kono Group at Shapeshifter Lab, 6/24/14

Ben Kono Group: Simon and the Monk/River of Fire

Previous events


Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows Orchestra

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Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, 5th fl, New York, NY 10001

Come step into my world of musical adventures and epic cinematic textures featuring some of New York's finest improvisors. In addition to celebrating the premiere the piece this ensemble is named after, we will be performing several of my compositions and arrangements for jazz orchestra.

Sets 7.30pm + 9.30pm Tickets:

Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows Orchestra

Saxophone, Conductor, Composer: Remy Le Boeuf Co-conductor: Greg Robbins

Saxes: Vito Chiavuzzo Alejandro Aviles Ben Kono John Lowery Carl Maraghi

Trumpets: John Lake Tony Glausi Mike Rodriquez Matt Holman

Trombones: Alan Ferber Alex Jeun Isaac Kaplan Max Seigel

Guitar: Alex Goodman Piano: Martha Kato Bass: Matt Aronoff Drums: Peter Kronreif Percussion: Rodrigo Recabarren

Assembly of Shadows was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.


World Premiere of NY Jazz Composers' Mosaic

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The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10018

Founded by three New York-based composers, Jihye Lee (South Korea), Rafael Piccolotto de Lima (Brazil) and Migiwa Miyajima (Japan), the Composers' Mosaic produces events that connect cultures from around the world through jazz, an American art form. We believe jazz inspires us to understand the beauty of diversity and it will lead us to the better future.   Composers Rafael Piccolotto de Lima (from Brazil) Jihye Lee (from Korea) Migiwa Miyajima (from Japan)

Reeds Ben Kono Alejandro Aviles Dan Pratt Charles Pillow Carl Maraghi

Trombones Mike Fahie Matthew McDonald Nick Grinder Jennifer Wharton

Trumpets Brian Pareschi John Lake Mike Sailors Ron Horton

Rhythm section Alex Goodman Guitar Adam Birnbaum Piano Evan Gregor Bass Chris Smith Drums Rogerio Boccato Percussion