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ABOUT — Bio
Ben Leinbach is an award-winning producer, composer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Pretty much his favorite thing to do is to get into the recording studio and strive to design cool recordings. Accentuating an artist's essence through a well-conceived supporting track; chiseling away at a musical production in search of the perfect alchemy of elements to bring a track to life; programming bumpin' grooves; creating sonic sanctuaries of beauty and tranquility, 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 recordings, 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), the festive Bhakti Bazaar, 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 and world music artists Snatam Kaur, Donna De Lory, Jaya Lakshmi, David Newman, Mike Cohen, Mukti, Prajna Vieira, Diana Rogers, Brenda McMorrow, Johanna Beekman, Katie Wise, Rob and Melissa Lundsgaard, Vamadeva, Daniel Bellone, Devaa Haley, Yvette Pecoraro, Uma Reed, Steve Gold, Sada Simran Kaur, Yofiyah, Amy Barnes, Jim Gelcer, Natesh Ramsell, Bodhi Setchko, Claire Whittleston, Ashley Wynn, and many others.
Ben has also composed music for radio, television, videos, and several Yoga instructional CDs and DVDs with Shiva Rea, Rainbow Mars, Nubia Teixeira, Erin Fleming, Travis Elliot, and Jill Johnson.
Ben also produces, records and mixes tracks for singer/songwriters, r+b singers, and rappers. A partial list of artists includes Sarah Davis, Amie Penwell, The Watermoons, Greg Lamboy, Jo D’Anna, Mary Kelly, Linn Brown, Mary Redente, The Unknowns, Asha Charles, Annemarie Soul, Kalyani, Smoky Rosier, Masha. Please check out the discography section to see the full range of projects on which Ben has worked.
Ben operates his own recording studio in San Anselmo, California.
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 Joan Baez, 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 Braxton Brothers, The Turtle Island String Quartet, New Age music pioneer Steven Halpern, Krishna Das, monster bassist Michael Manring, former Santana percussionist Orestes Vilato, guitar virtuoso Jose Neto, 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, Jose Neto, Jai Uttal, Wah!, 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.