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Ben Lear to Perform Lillian in NYC with Light Sculptures

Ben Lear to Perform Lillian in NYC with Light Sculptures

Orchestra, Gospel Choir, Projected Animation and More!

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Last Edited by: Jack Stovin September 30th, 2011.

After an acclaimed staging at Los Angeles’ Hotel Café earlier this year, Ben Lear performs his album Lillian at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge (where he played a sold-out show last year) on October 25th. The performance is a 60-minute staged concert complete with a 15-piece band and orchestra, gospel choir, projected animation, costumes, and plastic bottle light-sculptures. The son of TV legend, writer/producer Norman Lear(All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son), Ben shares his father’s interest in political activism. Lillian is a tale of love and loss, thematically tied to the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

The story is of a young man kept awake by the fear that he’s watching his lover, who sleeps soundly in bed, drift away from him, becoming one of the many things he’s lost in his life. He determines that all the things we lose in our lives end up in an island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean. And, in a desperate attempt to reclaim these things, he sets off on a scuba-diving journey to that island. Along the way he meets strange sea creatures, who trigger discoveries within his mind’s journey to determine how and why he began to lose Lillian.

Though he began as a songwriter, Ben was encouraged by his private instructor, Broadway music-director Joe Church (The Lion King, In The Heights), to learn the fundamentals of orchestral composition and soon became entranced. In the past year, Ben released his debut album, Lillian, and has begun working closely with the non-profit world as a young, environmental spokesman.

Last November, Ben performed at Plastic Pollution Coalition’s TEDx event in Santa Monica. He was subsequently invited on a three-week, sailing expedition run by 5gyres where he sailed from Chile to Easter Island, collecting plastic samples in the previously un-studied South Pacific Gyre. He has recently performed for the UN, shot and edited an upcoming 3D music video and premiered his orchestral piece, “Boxer,” which the LA Times declared a “moody tone-poem,” at MUSE/IQUE’s inaugural concert in Pasadena, California.

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