The Ben Gunn Society Music is available on
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Work on our new album has been on hold for a few months because
Zarina has been doing some really exciting things with her choir,
Angel City Chorale!
In February they recorded seven tracks on Christopher Tin's new album,
The Drop That Contained the Sea,
then traveled to New York in April to premiere this epic masterpiece at Carnegie Hall.
The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart!
On June 7 & 8, 2014, ACC will perform the West Coast Premiere of
The Drop That Contained the Sea here in LA. Tickets are still available at the
Look for Zarina in this video promoting the concert!
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Our first CD, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary,
has been included on CD Baby's new
Pirate Music for Kids
page. Although we did not deliberately set out to make music for children,
our songs have proven popular with little ones.
Just in time for the holidays - the ultimate Ben Gunn Society collection! Makes a perfect gift for the literate pirate. Available exclusively in our store.
Free shipping in the US!
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Just in time for Earth Day, here is a video for "The Last Pirates." Sorry it's not as cheerful as the previous one...
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We made a video for our new song "Captain Flint." Hope you like it!
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The Ben Gunn Society returns with their signature take on life, the universe and pirates!
Deceptively simple and damn catchy, The Ben Gunn Society's songs are a blend of indie-pop and folk-rock with a touch of psychedelia and world music, informed by the romantic images of the sea from books and classic movies.
The six tracks on No Stars offer subtle commentary on history, human nature, and current events, tied together by a loose pirate metaphor.
The EP opens with "Captain Flint," a bright and cheerful ode to the classics. "The Wicked Smile" reminds us that the map is useless if you don't know where you're going, while "Treasure" weighs the romance of pirate life against the questionable values of civilized society.
"The Shipwrecked Sailor" is based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's treatment of the true account of a sailor who was lost at sea.
"The Last Pirates" is a prophecy of the fate that awaits humanity when there is nothing left on Earth to pillage.
The album closes with the super groovy title track inspired by Joss Whedon's series Firefly. A metaphor for self-exploration, this journey remains hopeful even as we face the unknown.
We have finished recording and mixing our new EP and the songs sound awesome!
Many thanks to Glen and Joe for their great contributions!
Now onto mastering and then hopefully we'll get it out before spring.
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We upgraded the videos page to go with the new photo album.
Visit our booth at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival October 16 and 17, 2010. Arts and crafts and stories for kids and an occasional song. We will also have new T-shirts and the first two CDs for sale.
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One of our new songs performed at the Aloha Beach Festival:
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Zarina's log entry: Aloha Beach Festival was a blast! Our first day was the better show on stage, but our second was better in the booth. We had a small table to one side with merchandise, and in the middle of the tent I taped down some Kraft paper and surrounded it with little mini Persian rugs, or "magic carpets," to create an inviting area where kids could color my drawings from the first two CDs and listen to me read stories. The little girls went absolutely gaga over my sparkly pirate costume! One shy, adorable two-year old came up to me and sang "A Pirate's Life for Me" in the teeniest, most heart-melting little voice. We hope to do more kid friendly shows and festivals in the future!
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Zarina wrote an ARRR-ticle about the origins of our band and some of her impressions of the contemporary pirate scene. It's posted at Hippymom.com.
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We'll be performing at the Aloha Beach Festival in Ventura on September 18 and 19. Yar, Baby! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day weekend.
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The Ben Gunn Society is working on new songs!!! Our new EP is pretty close to completion, once again produced by Glen Laughlin of Roundhouse Recording. Glen is best known for his work with the Dickies and currently plays in his new band the Cherry Bluestorms.
Remember Donovan ("Mellow Yellow" & "Hurdy Gurdy Man")? Now imagine if he wrote psychedelic pirate music about Ben Gunn after he left Treasure Island, and sang it with a Russian accent. That will give you a close approximation of Sovereignty, the second outing for The Ben Gunn Society. Even the CD cover is reminiscent of a 60’s era psychedelic poster.
In their first CD, simply named The Ben Gunn Society, the original compositions were all about Ben Gunn’s experiences on Treasure Island. It was fun, quirky, and very different. If you liked the first album, you’ll probably enjoy Sovereignty, though it doesn’t hit you over the head as being pirate music. You have to listen carefully to the sometimes not quite discernible lyrics to actually realize they are about piracy and mutiny. The tone is darker and more contemplative, especially in the hypnotic Tannic Wine (one of my favorites). Ben Gunn has now left Treasure Island, and joined up as a crewman on a ship. While Igor Koyfman wrote and sings most of the selections, his fiddler Zarina Silverman joins in or completely takes over on a couple of the songs, including her compositions Pirate Queen and Rat Cotillion (my other two favorites). Her vocals provide a good counterpoint to Koyfman’s singing.
The album clocks in at 46 minutes, but the CD only cost $10, thus it seems to be a good value for yer purse. So, if you are looking for something very different, try Sovereignty.
We just reprinted our first CD,
which has been entertaining music lovers of all ages since 2003
with an original take on the story of Treasure Island (Chapter XV is our favorite).
Available at Amazon
and CD Baby!