[ COMPOSER ]
Composer and saxophonist Ben Shaw lends a particularly unique voice to his compositions and projects. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Composition from the University Of Rhode Island, studying from such great musicians as Eric Hofbauer, Jared Sims, Joe Parillo, and Eliane Aberdam. Shaw has composed for small & large classical chamber ensembles, big band, various jazz ensembles, funk band, mixed groups, electro acoustic, as well as solo pieces for various instruments. His works range from jazz and classical, to hip-hop and country/folk. Composing for a variety of media, Shaw has done work in short film and animation scoring.
As a performer, Shaw is a member of several different ensembles, in a range of styles. He is the lead vocalist and tenor sax player, as well as the main composer and lyricist, for Rhode Island based hip-hop/rock/R&B band Milkbread. They recently released their first EP featuring five tunes written or co-written by Shaw. He also plays baritone saxophone in the jazz group The Red Hughes Quartet, for which he and his colleagues write modern compositions in the jazz tradition. Shaw is excited to be a part of the growing Rhode Island arts community as a modern composer.