Tuesdays on the Terrace: Ben LaMar Gay

  • Anne & John Kern Terrace Garden
    Outer east side of the MCA, accessible via the back gate and the Commons
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Ben LaMar Gay
Photo: Chelsea Ross


Summer Tuesdays come alive on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden with free music highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community. Cornetist Ben LaMar Gay brings his genre-defying sounds to the Terrace for two sets.


About the Artist

Ben LaMar Gay is a composer and cornetist who moves components of sound, color, and space through folkloric filters to produce brilliant electro‐acoustic collages. The layering and mingling of various styles feeds and plays with a larger musical narrative. The Chicago native’s true technique is giving life to an idea while exploring and expanding on the term “Americana.” Actively participating in the vibrant experimental music scene of Chicago, including a three-year residency in Brazil, allows him to collaborate with influential figures in the world of music. Ben received his BA in music education from Northeastern Illinois University. He has shared information as a music instructor in the Chicago Public School system, guest lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a facilitator for six years with the Chicago Park District’s Inferno Mobile Recording Studio. The latter helped set the tone for a staple philosophy fueling his musicianship. A fundamental component of this approach is exploring the lineage of an idea passed from one generation to another. He aims for his work to have the same functionality as most folktales, which is to create variations on timeless themes to help people make sense of their existence and place in the world.


WDCB 90.9 is the Media Sponsor of Tuesdays on the Terrace.

Tuesdays on the Terrace is made possible in part by a generous gift from Luminarts Cultural Foundation, supported by Cherilyn and Michael Murer.