Guitarist Benjamin Bording began playing music at age four beating on his mother’s pots and pans, then graduating to a pearl drum kit at the age eight. A year later he picked up an old, beater guitar and learned the chords.
Ben’s influences at an early age were Muddy Waters, Sly Stone, Beatles, and Santana. At age fourteen he sold his motorcycle and bought his first electric black Les Paul copy and an amp. Ben was quick to learn by jamming with other musicians, and listening to albums over and over with an enthusiasm for experimenting. In college Ben studied under D.J. Ciroulo, a fabulous chord melody Jazz musician. Ciroulo turned Ben onto Tuck Andress, of Tuck and Patty fame.
Meanwhile, Ben and friends gathered regularly to practice, and by age twenty his band was hired as a rhythm section to play Zydeco music. They were invited to tour Europe with grammy-winning Queen Ida and her brother. Later, more tours followed, including tours of communist East Germany to performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival, to the Shoreline Amphitheater and the Monterey jazz Festival.
In 1992 Ben quit touring and became a licensed landscape contractor. He met his musician wife, Emily, and a couple of years later and started a family. Ben produced his first solo CD, “Musical Gardens” with some great musicians playing World Beat mix. In 2000, he released his second CD titled, “Age of Light” with a more New Age style of music. Giving a nod to a shift of consciousness., his latest releases in 2012 are titled, “Produced from the Garden” : Volume 1, and Volume 2. Each has a wonderful mix of different styles, such as Basso Nova, Blues Shuffle, Jazz Fusion, Spiritual Ballad, and Git Down Funky Soul. All feature great local players.
A pivotal moment in Ben’s life happened at the age of twenty-three when Ben was invited to hang out with John Mclaughlin whose dressing room was right next door to his. McLaughlin was gracious and his spacious palace was filled with fresh fruit and flowers. “ It was like seeing God.” Ben was eternally grateful to meet this master.