November 2018 Ben traveled to Chile for a residency at the University of Chile, Santiago giving masterclasses, workshops and concerts. Ben also gave masterclasses and concert at the Guitar Festival of Belgrade (March 2019) and his Scenes from Ellis Island was presented with the festival guitar orchestra conducted by Thomas Offermann.
June 2019 Ben released his video From Aristotle with beatboxer/mix vocalist Mark Martin and Michiyaya Dance. In July at the Ottawa Chamberfest Ben gave the Canadian premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Quintet for High Strings with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In addition to this performance Ben also presented his programs ‘From Bach to Hendrix’ and ‘Scenes from Ellis Island: Benjamin Verdery and Company’.
At the Verona International Guitar Festival in October Ben presented a program that ranged from Bach to Bresnick, from Piccinini and Mozart to Ben’s work the rain falls equally on all things and three pieces from his Some Towns and Cities recording.
February 2020 New Focus Records released Scenes from Ellis Island, Guitar Music of Ben Verdery. The recording includes the premiere recordings of Ben’s newest compositions. A video of the recording’s title piece, Scenes from Ellis Island was released February 14, 2020 coinciding with Ben’s Yale Guitar Extravaganza February 15 and a Yale installation on Ellis Island. Guest artists on the recording are Simon Powis (guitar), Guilherme Monegatto (cello), Hawa Kasse Mady Diabate (vocals) and Mark Martin (beatboxer, mixed vocalist).
Upcoming recordings: Bryce Dessner’s Quintet for High Strings (coupled with Ben’s arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata for guitar and string quartet).
In January 2020 Ben traveled to Australia for masterclasses and concerts at the Classical Guitar Society, Sydney Guitar Summer School and the Melbourne Guitar Festival and he will appear at the Miami Guitar Festival with guest Mark Martin February 2020. Ben will also curate a guitar series at the newly opened gallery, Fotografiska, in New York City, and returns as guest clinician and lecturer for Suzuki guitar students and teachers at the 2020 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in May.
Benjamin Verdery uses D’Addario strings and guitars by Garrett Lee and Otto Vowinkel.