Guitar Hero: Benjamin Beirs

13 May

Say what you will about Facebook, but it fulfills its intended purpose: keeping people connected.

Yesterday I received a Facebook message from an old high school friend, who now lives in Baltimore, letting me know he’ll be playing live music during a yoga class in Asheville on Saturday. A two-hour yoga class, live music, and a friend I haven’t seen in years? Yes please.

Naturally, I started rummaging around on the web for videos of Ben playing guitar. I already knew that he teaches music and performs around the world (this info came to me via Stalkerbook, how else?). But I haven’t heard him play in ages, so a refresher seemed necessary.

About five seconds into the first video, I thought of you. Cheekie readers. You ought to start your Friday off right–with the delightful picking and strumming of Mr. Benjamin Beirs.

A little background: Ben trained at Peabody Conservatory with Julian Gray and has earned first prize in guitar contests such as the National Guitar Workshop Competition. In addition to his solo career, Ben performs internationally with the prize-winning Duo Transatlantique, a partnership between Ben and French guitarist Maud Laforest.

If you live in Asheville and would like to hear Ben and Michael Hynes play live (while stretching out those hamstrings in downward dog)… the Jivamukti yoga class is at West Asheville Yoga from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday.

Otherwise, enjoy the next best thing…

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2 Responses to “Guitar Hero: Benjamin Beirs”

  1. Connie (Mom) May 15, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Beautiful – I could listen to him play for hours.

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