Ben Makinen
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The 2006 Independent Music Awards has chosen Ben Makinen as a Finalist in the category of Film/TV-Multimedia for his song 6AM - Hear it : click the "Audio" button above to find 6 A.M.

Visit IMA at:
http://www.musiciansatlas.com/pages/ima_finalists_song.asp

- Independent Music Awards




Reviewer: Tom
"This music blows away the dust of every day life! Lost Lullaby takes you to another space overflowing with imagination, introspection and sonic bliss. Makinen is a true musician's musician and shows us a glimpse into his raw creative genius."

" A Dream, A Journey, A Catalyst For The Imagination"
Reviewer: Clay Cabe
"The shaman journeys into the primal depths of his mind and spirit, discovers there universal motifs and the cloudy magic of life, and returns to share them with others. What is required of his audience is simply that they open their minds and, in this case, simply listen. The most vivid dreams are experienced when one is completely awake."

"Lost Lullaby Took Me On A Trip Around The Globe"
Reviewer: roseywritr@aol.com
"Lost Lullaby took me on a trip around the globe with musical images from the Far East to Western concert halls with a stop in the hearts of space. My mind and body flowed with the eight creative compositions in relaxation."

- CDBaby


"...The drummer's firing on all cylinders with bop-style taste and power, his chops up to par and on the mark! He keeps the meter with polished precision, tight to the rhythm, and launches off in orbit with improvisational intuition as smooth as a flywheel. Swingin', boppin', punchin' and choppin', man, this cat's drivin' with cool control! Top-notch!"
- Detective, Syracuse, New York
- GarageBand.com


Discography

www.benmakinen.com streams many cues and songs.
"Lost Lullaby" can be heard at
www.cdbaby.com/makinen.
"AREA 15 LIVE" can be heard at
www.cdbaby.com/area15
"Fishleather Jacket" at www.cdbaby.com/tball

"Good Soil, Eh?" appears as track #11 on the songsalive! sampler #7
www.songsalive.org/cdsampler7.html

5 tracks avilable at www.music4ipods.com.

"The Goliath Beetle Meets The Lady Bug" is in rotation at: www.streetblast.com on the Dangerous Technology segment, top of every hour 8-11pm EST
and in rotation on BandRadio.com
http://66.219.105.175/stream/

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Ben Makinen is a recording artist, composer (BMI), and producer living in Denver, Colorado, USA.

He is a 2006 Independent Music Awards Finalist in the Film/TV-Multimedia category.

The Roger Bobo Excellence In Recording (Jazz) Award was bestowed upon the CD Fishleather Jacket which Ben produced in 2005.

Seeing Miles Davis perform live three times and then meeting the Dalai Lama in person forever changed the way Ben would approach the art of music.

As a drummer and percussionist, he has been touring the world as a sideman since 1985 with r&b, funk, and rock bands, jazz trios and big bands, avant-garde electronica ensembles, in Broadway shows, on international cruise ships, and with opera troupes and symphonic orchestras.

As a leader and sideman, Makinen has performed on over 20 CDs. He also leads the high-energy jazz trio AREA 15. (cdbaby.com/area15)

He has produced a DVD of traditional african dance and music featuring Zimbabwe's master of mbira David Gweshe.

He has produced 5 CD's:"Rekha"; "Area 15 Live"; "Lost Lullaby"; "December"and "Fishleather Jacket".

This year (2006) he is currently producing three more CDs: " The Goliath Beetle and the Ladybug Jam"; "Quizzical Glance"; and "The Underworld".

Makinen maintains a busy schedule producing and performing. He recently landed a role in the zombie movie Lucky Stiff. He is writing music for television and film. One of his many goals for 2006 is to complete production on a documentary film he has shot.