The latest CD from award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Benjy Wertheimer, "Circle of Fire," is an extraordinary dance journey through the music of many cultures around the world. In November 2002, Circle of Fire climbed to #1 on the New Age Radio charts, and it continues to receive rave reviews from around the world (see the artist's website for reviews).
The album's influences range from rock, funk and jazz to West African, Indonesian and Indian folk and classical traditions.
Many moods are woven throughout the CD, inviting dancers fully into their bodies and inspiring them to take themselves through the full spectrum of expressive movement.
The piece "Wings of a Thousand Moths," inspired by a Rumi poem, was recently featured nationally on public radio's program "Echoes." Benjy Wertheimer, who frequently tours and records with Krishna Das, is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed "Ancient Future" world fusion music ensemble and is a former director of the Portland Songwriters Association.
He received his training in Keyboard Improvisation at the University of Colorado and Composition and Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington.
In addition, he has studied Indian classical music for over 20 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z.M. Dagar).
An award-winning songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards), Benjy has toured the US, Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master G.S. Sachdev, and has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden.
For over five years, Benjy scored music for the internationally syndicated NBC series Santa Barbara.
He has recorded with numerous A&M, Windham Hill, Narada, Nippon Phonogram, and Rounder recording artists.
He has recorded music for commercials with clients such as Master Card and The Nature Company.
He was also a contributing composer/member of the Zakir Hussain Rhythm Experience (along with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead)