Biography

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Multi-instrumentalist and composer Pawan Benjamin, started his musical training at a young age in Madison, Wisconsin, receiving guidance and mentorship from jazz luminaries such as bassist, Richard Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, and many others in the Madison area. 

His training ranges many disciplines from Jazz, Hindustani and Nepali Folk traditions, to Hip Hop, Classical and Modern musical production and composition. Learning and honoring the legacies of contrasting cultures offers a unique perspective he shares in this music. These skills have enabled him to perform in a wide range of projects.

Pawan has collaborated with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Ranjit Barot, Taufiq Qureshi, Rez Abbasi, Mark Cary, Candido Camero, and Bill T. Jones among others. Performance credits stretch across the globe at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), The Newport Festival, The Rubin Museum of Art, the Rose Theater and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, the National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai India, Goa International Jazz Festival, the Bimhuis and Blue Note in Amsterdam, and more.

Pawan is an active member of Brooklyn Raga Massive