Dragon’s Flutopia by Flute-maker/Yogi Jonathan Wolf features Ben Johnson on oud on track 1: “In a Good M(Oud)”, and tracks 10 & 11 “Succulent Santur” & “Berimbau Blast”. These tracks represent a lovely moment of live recording at the Summit Studio in Crawford Bay, BC. Continue reading
Category Archives: Recordings
Refractions Vol. 2 (Adham Shaikh, 2013)
Featuring a remix of Desert Dub by Xopianoi: Ben Johnson, the oudist on the original track.
Tipi Camp ‘Tribute’ (2012)
Produced by Farley Curzons, Recorded & Engineered by Will Chapman, Daniel Silakiewicz and Ben Johnson, This album also features the voice of Peter Duryea, the Founder of Tipi Camp. Ben contributed tabla performance on Track 1: “Awakenings” and drum set percussion on track 6: “The Groove”.
Seed (the Arcane Garden, 2012)
Producer Will Chapman and vocalist Michelle Moss’ The Arcane Garden presents Seed, their post-Peruvian journey featuring sacred Shipibo icaros and Ben Johnson on Santoor on track 6: Standing Stones.
Great Central Sun (Shine, 2012)
Australian Didjeridu master Shine‘s first full-length release Great Central Sun – produced by Adham Shaikh – features Ben Johnson throughout on a variety of instruments including oud, çümbüş, tabla, Persian santoor & darbuka.
Universal Frequencies (Adham Shaikh, 2010)
Composer/Producer Adham Shaikh‘s sixth major release “Universal Frequencies” features Ben Johnson on oud and frame drum on track 9: “Desert Dub”.
Dig Deep (the Arcane Garden, 2010)
Produced by Will Chapman and Michelle Moss, the Arcane Garden’s ‘Dig Deep’ features Ben Johnson on tabla on the title track, and on Persian santoor on tracks 2 & 3: ‘Dangerous Dissolver’ and ‘Holding’.
Gesundheit! (Heavy Shtetl, 2010)
Recorded in one take in one room with one microphone, Gesundheit! is the second release by Nelson BC’s premiere klezmer jazz outfit, Heavy Shtetl. Featuring Ben Johnson on drums & darbukka.
5 Lb. Hammer (Howlin’ Dan & the Riondelics, 2009)
Produced by D.G. Silakiewicz & Ben Johnson, 5 Lb. Hammer features Ben Johnson on drums throughout, and on keyboard accordion on the Blues-Tango number ‘Hey Cinderella’.
Embark (Vi An, 2007)
Vi An is an improvisational Gu Zheng virtuoso. Vi An’s ‘Embark‘ marks the first album to feature tracks composed and produced by Ben Johnson: Track 9 ‘Yangucho’, and Track 10 ‘Goddess And Messenger’.
Dinner in Polidroso (Rembetika Hipsters, 2004)
The Rembetika Hipsters‘ second album, marking the song-writing debut of Ben Johnson with the instrumental track ‘Mersini’. Ben is also featured on tabla on ‘Oso Varoun ta Sidera’, – a bold choice for a Cretan folk tune – and on drum kit in 7/8 time on ‘Evil Eye’.
Xpandora & the Handsome Strangers (2003)
Belladonna (Plaid Tongued Devils, 2002)
A thick soup of pop, rock and ska made with the salty base of gypsy and klezmer music with dashes of spanish and middle eastern influences, Belladonna is the Plaid-Tongued Devils‘ fourth release.
Features Ben Johnson performing a santoor intro to the classic ‘Misirlou’, and on tabla alongside Meghana Bhat’s lovely sitar on ‘Kama Sutra’.
Architects of Narghilé (Rembetika Hipsters, 2001)
The debut album of the Rembetika Hipsters. Percussion tracks by Ben Johnson include djembé (megalo toumbeleki), darbukka (toumbeleki), riq and deffe (frame drum). Continue reading