Ben Barg Quartet
Benjamin Barg is a Yakima native who is currently studying computer science at Columbia University in New York City. At school, he studies jazz with pianist Ben Waltzer and Spokane-native trumpeter Don Sickler. While in Yakima, Ben attended Davis High School and Yakima Valley Community College, playing in the Jazz Choir and Salsa Band at the respective institutions. He was also a co-winner of Yakima’s Got Talent in 2010. Ben has performed throughout the Yakima area and in New York, highlighted by a quartet performance at the Seasons two years ago. He sincerely hopes that you enjoy his music, and encourages you to experience in any manner you see fit.
Matt Larsen grew up in Richland, WA where he began playing drums from an early age under the guidance of his father, also a jazz drummer. After high school, Matt played drums in the Columbia Basin College Jazz Ensemble for two years while earning his AA degree. In 2007 he transferred to Central Washington University and immediately auditioned into CWU’s Jazz Band 1, one of the northwest’s premier collegiate jazz bands. While completing his degree in Music Education, Matt performed all over the Northwest and California with the jazz band and also performed in top combos and for graduate and faculty jazz recitals. Matt began playing gigs at wineries and restaurants towards the end of high school and attributes his high level of musicality, groove and style to a myriad of experiences, both in and out of school. Now a music teacher in the Pasco School District, Matt continues to stay very active in the jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader.