Ben Hjertmann is a Chicago-based composer, vocalist, and genre vagabond. Ben performs as a vocalist in the Outsider-Jazz trio, The Grant Wallace Band. He is also the Artistic Director and vocalist for The Sissy-Eared Mollycoddles Collective. Ben has released Hip-Hop and Indie-Folk albums under the pseudonym Kong Must Dead. He was recently a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Djerassi Foundation for Artists, and is currently finishing up his doctorate in music composition at Northwestern University. Ben also teaches traditional composition, music technology, theory, and song writing at Northwestern, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Flatts & Sharpe Music Company.
WATCH AND LISTEN: Bicinium for pianist and assistant
performed by Luke Gullickson, piano; Ben Hjertmann, assistant
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