Photo By Shervin Lainez

Photo By Shervin Lainez

Ben Thornewil is a pianist, composer and songwriter. Ben Thornewill grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and began studying classical piano at the age of six and writing music at age twelve. He received a B.A. in Music from The George Washington University with an emphasis in classical composition and jazz performance.  It was always his dream to find ways to combine his love for classical music with pop music and while at college he formed the piano pop trio Jukebox The Ghost. Since their inception, Jukebox The Ghost has released four studio albums and one live album as well as performing over a thousand shows including music festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza as well as Conan O'Brien and David Letterman's late night TV shows. 

His latest project is an album comprised of a collection of classical piano improvisations recorded over the course of two nights at Studio G in Brooklyn.  Often frustrated by the lack of improvisation in classical music culture, Thornewill wanted to find a way to use his love of improvisation and classical music to make a record that was also listenable and entertaining. The result is part film score, part whimsy, part Frederic Chopin and part Erik Satie.   All the songs are structurally unedited and completely unpremeditated.  (With the one notable exception of "Stranger Things" which was improvised while watching part of an episode with the sound off in an attempt to re-score it).