New Beer in Old Buildings

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Opening with minor guitar chords that recall past movements, the sonic environment quickly changes to mimic the sounds of a bar on a busy night. But not just the bar… the chattering crowds can be heard from inside a brew tank as well. Bringing back all the motives from the previous movements, the past themes have been transformed, changed by their journey into new ideas that still recall their past; a musical parallel to how the explosion of the craft brewing industry has repurposed old buildings and provided new jobs that help revitalize the Rust Belt. The end of the journey comes by returning to the start, the chorus of "A Hot Time in the Old Town," and comes full circle to dreams of a better tomorrow that are the same in the past, the present, and in the future.

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from Concrete Oasis, released September 9, 2016

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Benjamin R. Fuhrman Lansing, Michigan

Benjamin R. Fuhrman is a composer based in Lansing, Michigan. He studied composition at Michigan State University with Ricardo Lorenz and Mark Sullivan, and violin performance at Hope College with Mihai Craioveanu.

his works have been performed throughout the world.

He is currently serving on the faculty at the MSU Community Music School, Mott Community College, and Oakland University.
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