Eastern Europe meets rural Australia – violin/guitar/double bass trio influenced by Hot Club of France, Czech Republic and Australian folk/bush music
Based in Melbourne, Victoria, the Ben Rogers Trio is a unique and entertaining act combining influences from regional Australia with Gypsy jazz and classical music. With violin and acoustic guitar as the lead instruments the trio presents original material ranging from high energy gypsy jazz to country and blues influenced swing tunes and ballads.
Violinist Romana Geermans is a virtuoso performer who graduated from the Prague Conservatorium and has toured extensively with such diverse acts as The Czechoslovak Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Pops Orchestra, and country music artist Johnny Chester. Before relocating to Australia her work in the Czech Republic included extensive orchestral recording sessions.
Guitarist Ben Rogers performed in various bands in Perth during the 1980s before relocating to Melbourne. In addition to his acoustic projects The Ben Rogers Trio and Bohemian Goulash he currently performs with his surf-rock trio Instrumental Asylum. He has appeared onstage with a diverse range of artists including Canadian blues-rock guitarist Jeff Healey, Australian blues singer Wendy Saddington and comedian Jimeoin. Ben’s recording of a Django Reinhardt jazz standard is listed as a recommended version in a reference book published by Oxford University Press.
The trio is rounded out by double bass player Nikki Scarlett, who also plays with Bohemian Goulash and plays electric bass with a number of Melbourne acts including surf-rock band Instrumental Asylum and original pop band Dusty Springclean and the Pops.
The trio’s debut album – Windfarms of Your Mind – was included in The Best of 2011: Rhythms Magazine Writers’ Poll and in Best CDs of 2011 on Music Web Express 3000 (USA).