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Ben Folds

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    Ben Folds: Photographer, Musician, Storyteller | A Digital Stage Original

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    Breakthroughs with Music Therapy — Sound Health: Music and the Mind

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    Ben Folds Presents: "Once Upon Another Time" by Sara Bareilles | DECLASSIFIED

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    Ben Folds Composes a Song LIVE for Orchestra In Only 10 Minutes

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    Dear Theodosia - Regina Spektor & Ben Folds with the NSO | LIVE at The Kennedy Center

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    Ben Folds Presents: "Can't Let Go, Juno" by Kishi Bashi | DECLASSIFIED

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    Ben Folds Presents: "Nocturne" by Jon Batiste, featuring dancer Caleb Teicher



Biography

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.

The multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

In addition to solo rock and orchestral touring, Folds has recently written his critically-acclaimed memoir “A Dream About Lightning Bugs,” which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller, and is described as a collection of interrelated essays, anecdotes and what Folds refers to as “cheap lessons” about art, life, and music.

He is also no stranger to television, having been featured for five seasons as a judge on NBC's critically-acclaimed a capella show "The Sing Off." He continues to appear in cameo roles on cable and network TV shows, and composes for film and TV.

An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the prestigious Sony Artisans of Imagery, has worked as an assignment photo editor for National Geographic, and was featured in a mini-documentary by the Kennedy Center's Digital Project on his photographic work.

An outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation's public schools, in 2016 Ben held the distinction as the only artist to appear at both national political conventions advocating for arts education, has served for over five years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts (AFTA), and serves on the Board of AFTA’s Arts Action Fund. He is also Chairman of the Arts Action Fund’s ArtsVote2020 national initiative to advocate for a greater commitment to the nation’s creative economy through improved public policies for the arts and arts education, and hosts a podcast series of interviews on arts policies with current 2020 presidential candidates.

Upcoming Events

  • NSO Family Concert: <em>Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs </em>(a Symphonic Spectacular) NSO Family Concert: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (a Symphonic Spectacular)

    Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur… and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway! That’s the just the beginning of a hilarious fractured, symphonic take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as retold by Mo Willems. Don't miss this new classic performed by favorite performers and the NSO, featuring original music composed by indie pop icon and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds. Ages 5+

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Compositions

  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2014)