In 2008 Ben Thomas embarked on the ambitious project entitled The Edge - made up of a talented group of musicians with a collective aim to explore creativity through means such as music and visual art.
2013 saw the release of a new album entitled Within This World Within My Mind which featured new music, film and art led by Ben.
Recently Ben has been making music, composing tunes and recording albums with such nice people as The Edge, Mosaic, Tanya Walker, Emily Wright, Laura Collins, Jonathan Taylor, Dark Metaphysic (Annie Whitehead and James Tartaglia), Scott Hammond, Ruth Hammond, Salsa Nova, Lee Jones, Mark Moraghan and Nicky Campbell Swing Band, James Chadwick, The Afternoons, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Jinrikisha, The Hammond Corporation, The Bristol Reggae Orchestra.
Ben Thomas is a talented trumpeter and composer with many years of experience creating music with an array of inspirational musicians. A versatile musician, Ben has worked at the highest level in TV, radio and the concert stage with various innovative artitsts producing music in a wide range of styles from chart topping experimental pop to ethereally meditative chamber groups.
In 2004 he formed Mosaic. Together with legendary pianist Brian Waite and Double Bassist Erika Lyons they successfully performed to large audiences at major concert venues and festivals which led the way for Ben's next large scale project The Edge - an intriguing and emotive project which brings together an awesome group of musicians, featuring all elements of Ben's work - music, film, art and photography.
2014 sees the launch of a new art project entitled The Empty Space. An intriguing fusion of live art and improvised music - creating shifting instrumental soundscapes - the centre of which lies the vibrant colours of Ben's trumpet playing - emanating a developing landscape of painted imagery.
2014 sees the launch of a new live project entitled The Empty Space. An intriguing fusion of improvised music and live art - creating shifting instrumental soundscapes - the centre of which lies the vibrant colours of Ben's trumpet playing - emanating a developing landscape of painted imagery.
- Ben performed as part of The Empty Space project at The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 23rd May, 2014 at 4pm. A festival of sound and vision bringing together stirring improvised music and vibrant live art.
- As part of The Edge Project - The Edge Project artwork documents an ever developing collection of digital works which explore the fringes, the extremities, the periphery, the edge...as we see it.
- 2013 saw the release of a new album entitled Within This World Within My Mind. Featuring new music, film and art.
The Songwriting of great pop
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
Very impressive and creative Jazz Journal
Every time I think I've understood you and your music you go and create something completely different yet keeping your sound integral to everything you do
MF Music review 2013
Electrifying trumpeter Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Recent album releases include in 2013 - Within This World Within My Mind, in 2011 - Dark Scrawls and in 2009 - We All Fall Down by The Edge. Older recordings have included in 2008 - Lament and in 2004 - Equinox by Mosaic.
Photograph by Roger Warburton
A story with all the drama and extravagance worthy of a full-blown theatrical production
Steve Harris, Fresh On The Net, Fresh Faves 2013