Through extended technique, electronic processing and an open-eared approach to collaboration, Ben's work spans free improvisation, DIY and dancefloor scenes in strikingly original style. He is building a reputation as a one of a kind live force who can veer from propulsive, full blast skronk outs to acoustically responsive ambience and is always in tune with the energy of a space.
Ben Vince is a prolific saxophonist and composer who radically redefines the possibilities of the saxophone.
'...omnivorous sytlistic appetite, exemplifying the spirit of collaboration that makes Don't Give Your Life infinitely relistenable' — The Wire
'Avant-garde saxophonist Vince's striking fourth [album] favours warped vocal samples, harrowing hand percussion and swelling waveforms, 4/5' — The Guardian
Bold new album Don't Give Your Life, out in June 2019 on 33-33, is a twelve-part suite stretching over an hour, playing to the voracious collaborative spirit that has seen Vince pair up with the likes of Mica Levi (on last year's Assimilation LP) and Joy Orbison (via a 12" released on Hessle Audio) in recent times. Much of the record is made of duo pieces featuring a multitude of guests including Bianca Scout, Tom Glencross and Rupert Clervaux. resulting in a work that is diverse in its makeup, while unified in its sonic and compositional approach.
'An audacious solo album... that ventures to the furthest reaches of experimental song, free jazz, uneasy ambience, and bristling techno' — Pitchfork