Ben Darwish brings exuberance and confidence to the stage. A complete professional who is able to seamlessly cross genres with aptitude and with a fresh take all at once.
Based in Los Angeles, Ben Darwish is a musician with many different facets. Fluent in all keyboards, he is also a composer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and musical director. Trained as a jazz pianist, he is able to create a vast range of sounds and textures but has the musicality to pair it down to a simple pop lick when appropriate.
Darwish has released several albums under his own name and a project with Shook Twins, called Morning Ritual, that incorporates pop, r&b, and other elements. He has performed with grammy winning vocalist KD Lang and other well respected artists such as Gino Vannelli, Reggie Watts, Lady Rizo, Reva DeVito, Thara Memory, and bassist John Clayton. Most recently, he’s toured extensively with platinum selling artists Natasha Bedingfield and Mike Posner who was nominated for “Song Of The Year” at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
He received a Bachelor of Music in 2007 from the University of Oregon and was awarded "Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Jazz Studies”. In 2008, he received a Downbeat Award for Outstanding Big Band Performance. He was the winner of the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his composition “Under The Bright Red Sky” and received the 2011 Individual Artist Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. He also won a 2013 project grant from Regional Arts and Culture Council to produce his new multimedia performance piece, “The Lonely Night”. He is endorsed by Nord, Dave Smith Instruments, and Moog keyboards.
“Time, touch, taste, imagination, work ethic, a nefarious sense of humor and an all-round good hang -- in regards to the chair, I think that pretty much covers it with Ben.”