Experience the latest collaboration between Jon Ben Berger and Martin Sörbom through their new album Find Love (make it worthwhile). The album was recorded during the Spring and Summer of 2017 and is ready to be shared with the world! Join us to finish, promote and amplify Jon's musical legacy.
The album tells Jon's story of love, struggle and inspiration in this "game we call life".
Excerpt from title song: Find Love, Jon Ben Berger 2017
"You can believe in the big yellow sun when it shines.
You can believe in the great pale moon and all its phases.
You can believe in all the shootings stars as they hit the ground.
You can believe in almost anything that goes around comes around.
You can believe in money, you can believe in your job, you can believe in the Bible, you can believe in the Koran, you can believe in the choir invisible but believe you me...
But find love, feel Love, be loved and make it worthwhile."
JON'S LIFE STORY:
Jon Ben Berger was born in Brooklyn and grew up on the East Coast where Jon’s talent was recognized by, among others, the famous folk musician Pete Seeger. Jon performed regularly at the legendary clubs the Gaslight and The Bitter End. In the late 60's Jon moved to the West Coast and the San Francisco Music Scene where he formed the fusion band The Burning Bush. The band played regularly at Bay Area concerts and a tape of those performances caught the attention of senior A & R producer at Columbia Records, John Hammond.
Jon was drafted in the Vietnam War but like many other young people refused to serve. In 1967, changing his stage name to Toby Ben, he released the album Wake Up to the Sunshine.
Jon worked on stage with Richie Havens at his legendary opening performance at Woodstock in 1969. Jon then moved back to vibrant New York and continued to be a featured act at the city’s music venues. He took up residence at the famous Chelsea Hotel for 10 years where he was nurtured by the avant-garde art scene around him. At the Chelsea Hotel, he enjoyed multi-media collaborations with members of the Phillip Glass Ensemble, director Shirley Clarke and dancers from Merce Cunningham's troupe. He also created music with Tony William's Lifetime, Jack Bruce and Jimi Hendrix among others and landed a role in the original release of Hair at Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre.
In the eighties love led Jon to Stockholm, Sweden, where he raised three children and set up Butterfly Studios. Shortly after his arrival, Jon continued his career in theater and starred in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar where he met the beloved Swedish national troubadour Cornelis Vreeswijk, who is honored on his new album with the song Worn Out Shoes. In 2009 on President Obama’s inauguration day, Jon’s song Made it to the Mountain was performed by Cyndee Peters with a gospel choir at Stockholm Concert Hall to celebrate the occasion. Jon originally wrote the song in honor of Martin Luther King during the weeks following his assassination.
Jon has collaborated with many Swedish and international artists such as Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, Tore Berglund, James Bradley Jr, Hans Loelv, Ira Hurowitz, Brian Kramer, Jane Kitto Andersson and JJ Marsh. A beloved teacher, Jon taught young students how to sing and play various instruments. Throughout his time in Sweden Jon has toured the country and played in many venues including the China Theatre, Stampen, Engelen and S:ta Clara, where Jon and Martin had a standing show for ten years. In 2017, Jon and Martin have devoted the majority of their time to completing this pinnacle album, Find Love (make it worthwhile).
Martin Sörbom is a guitarist and a drummer originally from Uppsala, Sweden. He spent the nineties drumming for various bands on the club circuit. Back in 2000 he left Sweden to focus on his guitar play and spent a number of years playing all over Europe, preferably Ireland. In 2004 Martin was approached by Jon who was looking for new musicians. The two started playing Stockholm clubs with various backing musicians and has over the years worked up a loyal and loving following. 2008 saw the birth of Thank You For Living Your Life, the duos first studio collaboration. It was during that recording they found and developed the harmonies and beautiful Berger/Sörbom sound. Now in 2017, with hundreds of shows played together and a new album just recorded, it's clear that the Jon & Martin adventure is as intense and happening as ever!
Link to Toby Ben Wake Up To The Sunshine 1969