Benton Roark, Composer
The music of composer Benton Roark has been described as “visionary” (The Vancouver Sun), “ardent and soaring” (The National Post), and “an experience of deep and darkling beauty” (The Austin Chronicle). He has had work commissioned by Tapestry Opera, Theatre Re, the Bozzini Quartet, Fugue Theatre, and the Victoria Guitar Trio among other ensembles and organizations. Roark has also enjoyed acclaim as a bandleader with projects such as The Benton Roark Band and Rollaway (“backwoods choir elegance” The Georgia Straight), and Arkora (“the standout event of Vancouver’s spring music season” Vancouver Observer), whose Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge was nominated for a 2016 WCMA. Roark serves as Associate-Artistic Director of Redshift Music Society and teaches theory and composition at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
With work stylistically described as “ardent and soaring” (The National Post), “visionary” (The Vancouver Sun), and “an experience of deep and darkling beauty” (The Austin Chronicle), composer-bandleader Benton Roark has emerged as a unique and genre-defying voice in North American music.
His compositions have been presented by ensembles and organizations such as Tapestry Opera, Théatre Re, Victoria Guitar Trio, Triplepoint Trio, and Aventa. Roark has also enjoyed critical acclaim as a performer of his own work with bands like Rollaway (“dirty-southern-gothic-rock-c