Today I’m introducing you to 24 year old German composer and musician Benjamin Stitt. Benjamin was born in Potsdam and now spends his time partly in Berlin and partly in Los Angeles. He has a degree from Berkeley College of music from 2017, and has since then worked with several musical projects.
Async Ross is a new alias and neo-classical/ambient project of his. Cambria is the first piece that Benjamin is releasing under that name, it’s also the first piece out of a series of four solo piano pieces which were all recorded in his parents living room while visiting them this winter.
Tell us something about your track Cambria!
Cambria specifically was originally written about a year ago. My family came to visit me here in LA and we took a little getaway trip driving up the California coast, staying in this beautiful rustic house in Cambria overlooking the California shoreline about 3 1/2 hours north of LA.
We stayed there for about 3 days but unfortunately a rainstorm hit right during that time, so we were rained in not really able to go out much, but in all honesty that made the stay even more relaxing and calming. The house had an amazing view over Cambria, overlooking the pacific ocean and luckily also a very old piano in it.The rain, the scenery and the calmness of that place inspired this piece and always brings me back to that particular moment and place.
After I wrote it I had it sitting in the back of my mind for several month not really knowing what I should do with it, collecting dust and almost forgetting about it, till I visited my parents over Christmas and started playing it again on their piano. From there this piece sparked the whole idea for this project and for the other three piano pieces that I ended up writing during that visit. I’m still amazed how even now this piece manages to bring me back to those rainy days in Cambria overlooking the pacific ocean watching as the rainclouds move by.
Thank you for sharing this with us Benjamin!