Two absolute powerhouse performers are coming together for one out of this world show!
Ben Jansz is an Australian Folk/Roots musician, currently living in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Passionate about music since the age of 10, Ben has always aspired to create and share his sounds with the world. Getting his first residency gig at the young age of 16, he became forever inspired and enthused to perform at as many places across Australia, and has done so ever since.
Releasing his EP ‘Follow Your Feet’ in 2016, at his first ticketed event, supporting Kim Churchill, Ben’s reputation began to flourish. He has since supported Josh Pyke in Melbourne, toured the Northern Territory, supporting Thirsty Merc in Alice Springs, toured New Zealand supported by Coco Michelle, released a live album in 2019 ‘Live at Baha’, continually paving the way for more opportunities to bring his musical memoirs and empowering values to as many people as possible.
He has been featured at several festivals across Australia including Dragon Dreaming, Rabbits Eat Lettuce, Bohemian Beatfreaks, Tropical Bloom, Byron Bay Guitar Festival and many more.
Ben Jansz’s sound can be described as Aussie Roots/Forest Folk with elements of Organic Trance. Inspired by nature’s sounds, ancestral symphonies, and musical influences such as John Butler, Xavier Rudd, and Matt Corby, he has been said to combine some of their most remarkable qualities with his own captivating vocals and skilful use of multiple instruments, creating the distinctive Ben Jansz sound.
Born in Colombia, and raised in Chile, Pablo’s music has strong South-American influences and musical flare. His love for music was also greatly influenced by his family. Growing up he was surrounded by his mother, uncle, aunties, and even grandpa, all playing guitar and making beautiful music which inspired him to pick up the guitar.
At the age of 17 he bought his first guitar and started creating his own music. Shortly after he moved to Santiago of Chile, it was there he entered the busking scene. Performing on the streets, or inside the buses of the “Transantiago” (public transport of the city), he developed confidence with the people with his animated character and captivating melodies. Throughout this time he started to learn and play a lot of covers, always adding his own flair and unique style. “There are no bad songs, there are only wrong versions for you”
A couple of years after his family moved to Australia, Pablo followed, quickly falling in love with the magical country and its people. It was here that Pablo was introduced to one of his favorite instruments, the Didgeridoo (Yidaki), including it in most of his performances.
Through Looping, Pablo Laverde incorporates didgeridoo and a flamenco guitar, making the captivatingly stylish and unique Laverde sound. With Influences such as Bill Withers, The Beatles and Buenavista Social Club, he creates a blend of Acoustic/Folk music, fusing the qualities of his favourite genres and artists.
A deep yearning for creating music and artistic expression has seen him play up and down the East Coast of Australia, performing heavily through the Central Coast to the Northern Rivers. With an untamable nomadic heart, and passionate love for music and connection, his story continues to take him wherever the music calls him.