Andreas Bennetzen or Andy Benz – is a danish musician and composer. Born 1975 in Copenhagen.

Trained as a classical musician with a PhD in solo double bass, he has over 20 years of experience as a professional musician. He has worked with all the major symphony orchestras in Denmark, and a long list of artists from the pop, rock and electronic music scenes.

For the past 15 years he has been exploring new and original approaches to the double bass and its role as a modern solo instrument.

His pioneer work in the field includes composing and performing with electric upright basses. Developing live-looping techniques and integrating a vast number of electronic effects and Ableton Live into his extensive solo and performance work.

He has released 2 solo-albums under his alias Andy Benz. ”Flowing in Circles” and ”Disciples” and is currently working on his third solo-album ”The Vibration”.

He currently resides in the danish freetown of Christiania where he composes and records music in his home studio. He has his own recording label called Arbolis Music.

Andreas is a Yamaha Silent Bass Artist. D´Addario Orchestral Family Artist. TC-Electronic Artist and has a long relationship with Pöllmann Double basses and Pirastro Strings

”Andy Benz sounds like Arvo Pärt on acid” – Frankfurter Allgemeine

“Once, Denmark had one of the world’s best bass players, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. And now DK has another one. His name is Andy Benz and on his debut cd, Andy paints beautiful melodious dreams worthy of both Oldfield and Vangelis.”  – Henning Høeg, BT

Education

  • Bernadotteskolen.1990
  • Aurehøj Gymnasium.1993
  • Master in Orchestral Playing from The Royal Academy of Music Denmark and Danish National Academy of Music. 2000
  • PhD in solo double bass from The Danish National Academy of Music. 2003

Discography

  • Sort Sol: Stor Langsom Stjerne. Sony. 2017
  • Andy Benz: Disciples. Arbolis Music. 2016
  • Sarman: The Fourth Way. Arbolis Music. 2016
  • Maria Hamer Jensen: Oh so full of promise. 2015
  • Life4Ce: Life4Ce. Eget selskab. 2013
  • Fred Nukes: Matching Sweaters EP. Labelmade. 2012
  • Chastity: Stains and Splatter. Eget selskab. 2012
  • Tomas Ortved: Catch. Vicious. 2012
  • Jakob Myrhøj: Morning of your doubt. Vicious. 2012
  • Knud Odde: En sommernat i Torshavn. eget selskab. 2011
  • Salem: Return of the Mongloid Sire. Cope. 2011
  • Stine Kinck: Stine Kinck, Playground. 2011
  • Keld Heick: Time Machine: RIP. 2010
  • Poeten og Lillebror: Det Sidste Ord. OPP/Sony. 2010
  • Saseline: Restart. Discowax. 2010
  • Karl Bille: Love and Eviction. OPP/Sony. 2009
  • Karen Mukupa: Dreamer. Cope. 2009
  • Andy Benz: Flowing in Circles. OPP, 2009
  • Clark Bent: Højspændingsmanden. A:larm. 2008
  • Radiosymfoniorkestret med Thomas Dausgaard: Le Carneval Romain m.fl, Chandos. 2008
  • Aalborg Symfoni Orkester: 3 piano concertos m. Oleg Marshev. 2008
  • Tomas Ortved: Sunpistol. Irmgardz 2.0. 2008.
  • Lizzie: Ramt i Natten. Artpeople. 2008.
  • Gregers Kirkegaard, Andreas Bennetzen og Hélianne Blais: Music for Glassworks. Silent Wave Recordings. 2007.
  • Clemens: Nye Tider. Copenhagen Records. 2007.
  • Revoltage: Kaos i Myldretiden. Warner Music Denmark. 2007.
  • Glamorama: Foggy Valentine. Vinyl. 2007.
  • Efterklang: Parades. Leaf. 2007.
  • Efterklang: Under Giant Trees. Rumraket/Leaf. 2007.
  • Claus Hempler: Return of the Yes Man. Columbia. 2007.
  • Poeten og Lillebror: Drukner i ord. Ord og pladeproduktion 2007
  • Several artists: The lady with the crying eyes, a tribute to Joe Meek. Vinyl. 2007.
  • Karl Bille: Ungkarlens Klagesange. Ord og pladeproduktion. 2006.
  • Rasmus Møbius: Medicine Walk. Statler og Waldorf. 2006.
  • Kuno Kjærbye: The Cauldron. KK. 2006.
  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: Pia Scharling – Ninas Sange. 2006
  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: Mariah og Michael- Opposites. My Way 2006
  • Odense Symfoni Orkester: Jesper Koch-Orchestral Works, Open Space. 2005.
  • Poeten og Lillebror: Det er bare ord. Ord og pladeproduktion. 2005.
  • Poul Ruders And David Starobin, Bridge Records. 2004
  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: This Is The Moment – Live from Tivoli m. Stig Rossen. Duckling2swan. 2004.
  • Aalborg Symfoni Orkester: Herman D. Koppel, Orchestral Works Vol 4. Dacapo. 2004.
  • Aalborg Symfoni Orkester: Herman D. Koppel, Orchestral Works Vol 3. Dacapo. 2003.
  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: Konger for en aften. ArtPeople. 2003.
  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: Café Hack. Emi-medley. 2003
  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: Nik & Jay- Nik & Jay 1. 2002.
  • Odense Symfoni Orkester: Poul Ruders Editition, Volume Three. Bridge Records. 2002.
  • James Sampson: James. Epic, 2002.
  • Rødovre Concert Band: The wind in the willows, Amstel Classics. 2002.
  • Rødovre Concert Band: Borealis, Amstel Classics. 2002.
  • Aalborg Symfoni Orkester: Herman D. Koppel, Orchestral Works Vol 1. Dacapo. 2000.
  • World Youth Orchestra: Carl Nielsen 4th symphony, Det Uudslukkelige. 2000.

Selected recent theatre and performance work

  • Fragt: Aarhus Theatre. 2017 -composer
  • The Decameron. Outokuompo, Finland. 2017 -composer & performer
  • San Francisco Aerial Festival. 2016 -composer & performer
  • Sailing City. Live Art Installations. 2016 -composer & performer
  • Hvem Sagde Mobning. Videnskabsteatret. 2016 -composer & performer
  • Lev Livet med Stil. Videnskabsteatret. 2016-18 -composer & performer
  • Venedig Syndromet. Gl. Holtegaard 2014 -composer & performer
  • VesterbroÅnd. Churches of Vesterbro 2014 -composer & performer
  • Xplore Festival Silent Space 2014-18 -composer & performer
  • Decameron. San Francisco. 2013 -composer & performer
  • Electric Love Storm. Live Art Installations. 2013 -composer & performer
  • Pivot Performance Artist 2005-18 -composer & performer
  • The Battle of Copenhagen. Live Art Installations. 2012 -composer & performer
  • The Big Intensive. Big City Brains. 2010 -composer & performer
  • Pensees Fragiles:Teatro Nacional, Bogota, Colombia. ArtAttack. 2010 -composer & performer
  • String Lounge. Nordic Music Days. 2010 -composer & performer
  • Craneballet. Live Art Installations. 2009 -composer & performer
  • Submarineballet. Live Art Installations. 2009 -composer & performer
  • Elsinears and eyes. KIT & Metropolis Biennale. 2009 -composer & performer
  • Quality Time. Reload Classics. 2009 -composer & performer
  • Halfmachine. 2004-2008 -composer & performer
  • Hamlet world tour: Det lille turneteater. 2007-08- performer

Published compositions

  • Work it! for solo double bass
  • North for solo double bass
  • Cumbassia for double bass quartet
  • Stille for violin and double bass
  • Movendus for solo double bass
  • il Fantasma for solo double bass
  • On One for All for double bass orchestra
  • 8 short pieces for solo double bass
  • Duo for 2 double basses
  • Concert Study for Dragonettti Concerto

TV/Radio/Soundtracks/YouTube

  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: Det Store Juleshow. DR/SVT/NRK.
  • DR Radiounderholdningsorkestret: This Is The Moment – Live from Tivoli m. Stig Rossen. Duckling2swan. PBS.
  • DRRadiosymphonyorchestra: Malko Competition. DRK.
  • DRRadiosymphonyorchestra: Dvorak Symphony no 9. Brahms Symphony No. 4 Joshua Weilerstein. DRK.
  • Christiania Grand Rectum de Foulosophie. Canada
  • P.O.R.C.H performance video. Germany
  • TV2 Allstars, Clemens.
  • Volt om Svingninger. TV2.
  • CIFF show in Tivoli. TV2.
  • Anders Morgenthaler: Princess.
  • Benjamin Holmsteen: Lille Lise
  • Anders Rønnow Klarlund: Strings.
  • Yahya Hassan: Gyldendal performance video.
  • Steven McRae: Portrait of a dancer for Nowness and Artness. England
  • Short film about Jacob Holdt for Care
  • The Culture War by Jorn Balther. Denmark
  • Erik Clausen: Ledsaget Udgang
  • SWR: Loops. Germany
  • SWR2: Wie entsteht ein gutes Gespräch. Germany
  • Deutschlandradio: Erinnern und Verklären. Germany
  • Salad Hilowle: Letter to Sweden. Sweden
  • Malthe Pedersson: Joachim bliver væk
  • Robert Fox/DR2: Min helt egen ubåd
  • University of Copenhagen: Science Moves

Teaching

  • Annual Mittenwald International Masterclasses 2005-present. Co-founder and teacher.
  • BasForum for The Royal Academy of Music 2010-2013. Co-founder
  • Masterclass at Bass Club at Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. 2013 & 2016.
  • Masterclass at Penn State University. 2013.
  • Masterclass at University of North Texas 2008 & 2013.
  • The Rhythmic Academy of Music. 2010-14
  • Masterclass at Piazenca Academy of Music 2013

Orchestra experience

  • Det Kongelige Kapel
  • The World Youth Orchestra
  • Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Danish National Radio Chamber Orchestra
  • Promenadeorkestret(Tivoli)
  • Copenhagen Philharmonic
  • Odense Symphony Orchestra
  • Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
  • Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Esbjerg Ensemble
  • Faroe Islands Symphony

Selected collaborations

  • Bjørn Svin
  • Katrine Ring
  • Pivot Performance
  • Felix Ruckert
  • Pipaluk Supernova
  • Steen Koerner
  • Pharfar
  • Fresh-I
  • Albert Mathias-Life4CE
  • TechNoPera with Ylva Kihlberg & Ian Bang
  • Martin Hall
  • M4R
  • Efterklang
  • De Tabte Børns Klub
  • Spacecowboys

Sponsors

  • Yamaha Instruments
  • D´addario Orchestral
  • TC electronic
  • Pöllmann-Krahmer Basses
  • Bridge Instruments
  • Pirastro Strings