Ben Osborn – Letters From The Border: Album Launch

Nonostar Records presents the award-winning poet, composer and songwriter, with support from Alex Stolze

5th May 2019
8pm | £15 (£12.50 conc.)

and all our love is a pattern of ashes,
a scatter of songs overcome by the silence…

Ben Osborn, the award-winning poet, composer and songwriter, returns to the UK this summer to launch his debut album Letters From The Border at The Wardrobe Theatre.

The result of an extraordinary musical partnership with the head of Nonostar Records – German experimental violinist Alex Stolze – the album was created at the remote Nonostar Studio on the German-Polish border in the summer of 2018. Channelling Leonard Cohen-esque balladry, Ben’s penetrating poetic lyrics are set against ethereal string arrangements, skittering, Bjork-like beats and drifting Erik Satie inspired piano chords. His songs evoke a strange and broken world, at once the stories of Ben’s Eastern-European Jewish ancestry and the struggles faced by migrants and refugees today. Intimate and honest tales explores themes of nostalgia and unspoken family conflicts, and examine the universal experiences of grief and bereavement from a deeply personal perspective.

The album follows a 2017 poetry collection on Bristol’s Moot Press (Murmeln um Schiffland), released as a digital EP of songs on WANDA Portal Records. Ben is already well-known as a composer for theatre and film, and a critically acclaimed librettist and lyricist for classical music including commissions for BBC Radio 3’s concert series, the Bristol Proms and the Spitalfields Music Festival. A Bristol resident for many years, he left for Berlin in 2016 where he runs the Open Music Lab, a free school for refugee and migrant musicians.

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