Name

Ben Walsh

Biography

Ben Walsh 2002

After completing studies at Newtown High School of Performing Arts majoring in Drama and Music in 1994, Ben Walsh formed Pablo Percusso (a percussion/theatre group), which toured for 5 years performing over 500 shows both nationally and internationally including the Seattle International Youth Festival, Vancouver Festival, Singapore Arts Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He also formed the Australian/Indian fusion group DHA and in 1998 he formed the electronic dance music outfit The Bird, who have since played over 300 gigs, recorded 3 albums and toured London playing at the revered Glastonbury Festival and Vibe Bar in Brick Lane.

Ben worked for 4 years with the Japanese drumming group Taikoz and trained under tuition of grand master Eitetsu Hiyashi in the Wadaiko drum form. He then studied and performed with Indian Tabla Master Tarlochan Singh in the production Taal Vadya (circle of Rhythm) and travelled to India in 2001 with him to study Indian classical music.

In 2000 Ben created the show Human In The Audiosphere at the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festival winning an award for best musical act. Ben has been composing for dancers and choreographers for many years, firstly composing and performing the music to Swerve in Leigh Warren's award winning dance work Quiver. He composed the full length score to Csaba Buday and Peter Sheedy's work entitled TWO at the Australian Choreographic Centre in Canberra. He composed for Lisa Griffiths and Kirstie McCracken at the Sydney Opera House's premiere of Dance Tracks 1 in April 2002, and was involved with composing a new work choreographed by Byron Perry and performed by Luke Smiles at Dance Tracks 3 in August of 2002.

Ben composed for Anna Smith's Incandescence in 2002 as part of Tasdance's Ripple Effect season. In 2005 he composed for Sue Healey's It Was Time and Anna Smith's Momentary, both performed as part of Tasdance's Divine Harmonies season.