~ Ben Bouchard – Guitar, Piano, Vocals
~ Lukah Bouchard – Guitar, Vocals
~ Hugh Prichard – Cello
~ Walter Martella – Piano, Accordion, Trumpet
~ Andreas David – Drums, Percussion
Benoît grew up in a musical family. His father; an accomplished improvisational pianist taught Ben in his early teens about the healing qualities of music. The rapid exchange of ideas, visions and emotions. The calm and mystical worlds it can lead you into. The direct bodily experience of Love. Music, a song even can hold the feeling, THAT feeling for years. How great is that? The release of voice, song and the yearning for truth it exposes too.
Guitar player and pianist since 1976, Ben has worked through 45 years of plateaus and peaks. Progress is usually teamed with teaching others. Singing since then too. “ It feels great and it is a privilege to do it for others, reach across, touch and inspire Love in others. Being part of Transience is a great opportunity to develop these qualities with kindred players and singers.”
Hugh is a visual artist, musician and outdoor educator. Classically trained, he is a soloist and ensemble player who merges traditional elements with improvisation that spans musical boundaries. Influenced by world music traditions Hugh uses his instrument as a melodic voice to create passionate and emotive musical poetry. He has performed in Canada and the UK and has been commissioned to compose and perform original work for film and dance performances as well as backing other musicians live and in the studio.
Hugh studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. Currently he resides in ƛaʔamɛn (Kla’Ahmen) (Lund) BC where he is the co-owner of Terracentric Coastal Adventures LTD. A passionate educator with a love for teaching cellists of all ages, levels, and abilities, Hugh is on the faculty at the Powell River Academy of Music.