Meet Ben Leinbach
Our Resident Award- winning Musical Genius - who powers all our audio and video sessions
Ben Leinbach is an award-winning producer, composer, engineer, and multi- instrumentalist.
His favourite thing besides hanging out with his family is striving to design cool recordings. Accentuating an artist's essence through a well-conceived supporting track; chiselling away at a musical production in search of the perfect alchemy of elements to bring a track to life; programming bumping grooves; creating sonic sanctuaries of beauty and tranquillity, or evocative cinematic zones - these objectives keep Ben working hard at his craft.
Ben maintains an eclectic mix of music on his production/composition plate. He produces everything from hip hop to meditation music. In the world music realm, Ben has worked extensively with world music pioneer Jai Uttal. Together they have created several popular records, including the evocative ambient soundscapes on the award-winning Spirit of Yoga, the hypnotic world grooves on Music for Yoga and Other Joys, the wild ride on Jai’s Grammy-nominated Mondo Rama, the ecstatic chanting on Jai Uttal’s Kirtan (which was nominated for a California Music Award) and Loveland: Music for Dreaming and Awakening.
Ben has collaborated with many other Kirtan and devotional world music artists. Deva Premal, Miten, and Ben co-created a world music and chanting extravaganza called The Moola Mantra. Ben has also produced recordings with Kirtan artists David Newman, Diana Rogers, Brenda McMorrow, Yofiyah, and many others.
As a freelance sound engineer Ben has recorded projects that span the musical spectrum from world music to rap, rock and roll to Latin-jazz. He has engineered recordings with rappers E-40 and Spice-1, percussion greats Pops and Peto Escovedo, saxophonist Joshua Redman, film composers Lawrence Rosenthal and Gary Malkin, soul diva Ledisi, former Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Tim Alexander of Primus fame, Dawn Robinson from En Vogue, world music pioneer Jai Uttal, The Turtle Island String Quartet, monster bassist Michael Manring, former Santana percussionist Orestes Vilato, drumming freak-of-nature Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and steel pan maestro Andy Narell.
As a drummer Ben has performed with sax great Chico Freeman, bassist Michael Manring, jazz singer Kurt Elling, and has jammed with Joshua Redman. A few of his former bands shared bills with Green Day, Primus, The Ohio Players, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Flipper, Charlie Hunter, and John Scofield. His jazz quartet once backed up a Jay Leno stand-up comedy routine. He has also performed with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Clint Eastwood's son Kyle Eastwood, Will Bernard, and Mingus Amungus.
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