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Seriously rocking music without any guitars - how can that be done? Pianist, singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Folds has been demonstrating it for over two and a half decades. On his countless albums as a solo artist or even before that with his trio Ben Folds Five, the gifted musician and keyboard dervish shows how to lay waste to a stage with grandiose melodies and tremendous pressure - all without the use of electric guitars and big Marshall amps. After the now 56-year-old musician in the past years mainly as a classical musician and storyteller in the context of his autobiography and his own podcast heard from him, was now announced for 2023 after an eight-year break, the new Ben Folds album "What Matters Most", which is described by first ear witnesses as a "marriage of refined craftsmanship and raw energy". Between November 25 and December 4, Ben Folds will make solo guest appearances in Berlin, Wiesbaden and Essen as part of an extensive European tour.
"You never know what's coming next. Not many artists my age are lucky enough to release relevant records. The most important thing is to keep moving. I have to make sure I take pride in my work. If I can do that, I'll be happy." Since the singer, composer and all-around musician, who was born in 1966 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, released his first album with his trio Ben Folds Five in the mid-1990s at the age of 29, he has been considered one of the most exciting artists on the sophisticated U.S. rock and pop scene. Before that, he had devoted many years to self-taught learning of numerous instruments, working as a bassist on Broadway or as a session drummer in Nashville, and studying the entire oeuvre of his piano heroes Elton John, Billy Joel and Todd Rundgren.This content has been machine translated.