BIOGRAPHY

Musician  | Teacher | Community Development Consultant

“An unbridled freedom and genre emancipation is evident in Ben Hunter’s music, yet the deep blues are a cornerstone of his style”
- Frank Matheis, Living Blues 2017
"The music he plays not only spans an array of genres but a huge swath of history."
- Leah Baltes, City Arts Magazine 2015

Reality has offered a fertile canvas for violinist, storyteller, educator and community enterpriser Benjamin Hunter’s endeavoring mind. 

Cross pollinating multiple artistic disciplines for more than a decade, the Seattle based polymath and multi-instrumentalist has dedicated his life to transforming the world’s stale status quo into a vibrant, inclusive, communal, and compassionate society. 

Benjamin is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, community activist, social entrepreneur, and educator.  Benjamin’s work explores the intersections of music & art, community, policy, and culture. 

In 2016, his America roots duo with Joe Seamons took first place in the International Blues Competition.  In 2018, Benjamin composed the music for the critically acclaimed production, Black Bois.  With his primary instrument the violin, he is as comfortable playing classical as he is blues and jazz.  City Arts Magazine wrote, “ The music he plays not only spans an array of genres but a huge swath of history.”  Living Blues magazine wrote, “An unbridled freedom and genre emancipation is evident in Ben Hunter’s music, yet the deep blues are a cornerstone of his style”.  

Benjamin Hunter is the founder and director of Community Arts Create, co-founder of the Hillman City Collaboratory, co-founder of Black & Tan Hall, sits on the Seattle Music Commission, and is a teaching artist for JazzEd as well as festivals around the world.  Benjamin is a 2020/2021 Artist-in-Residence at On The Boards, and is a 2020 Artist Trust Fellowship Awards recipient.  

With so much completed already, determining Hunter’s next step is near to impossible. However, two things are for certain, whatever it is, at least a small slice of the world will be better off for it, and that endeavoring mind of his will forever be insatiable. 

© 2018 Benjamin Hunter