Transplanted to San Francisco Bay Area from Shanghai, China and originally hailing from Virginia Beach, Ben Misterka’s story is anything but ordinary. Spending nearly 6 years based in Shanghai, he is well known as a top call session and touring guitarist, regularly performing at arenas, major festivals, and intimate clubs alike, with leading pop artists, internationally renowned touring acts, and his original project “Collectivity”. Relocating to the Bay Area in 2017, he is quickly turning heads and making an impact across California and beyond.
A graduate of VCU jazz department, Misterka quickly began performing in some of the top RnB, Hip Hop, Gospel, Funk and Jazz groups around Richmond, VA. Developing a fluency in those languages, he grew to be a well versed and versatile in demand guitarist. He soon found the offer to move to China, working with several schools to develop the music programs, and perform full time. Immersed in this new culture, he became fluent in Mandarin found himself performing at arenas, large festivals, and clubs such as Blue Note, all over the country, as well as holding a residency as Musical Director for one of the best soul music venues in Asia, “Shake”.
In 2019 Misterka released an album of original music, “Off the Grid” with his band Collectivity, which had the opportunity to tour in Asia, the US and Europe.
As an artist with incredible versatility, unique groove and pocket, and a compelling performer, Misterka has worked with; Lyrics Born, Goapele, Tommy Igoe, Erica Falls, Fred Yonnet, The Voice of China, Nikki Glaspe, Morris Hayes, Tia Ray, Glen David Andrews, Tan Wei Wei(谭维维), Leah Dou (窦靖童), Yu Quan (羽 泉) and many others. He studied with Wayne Krantz, Fred Hersch, and Doug Richards.
Bio in Chinese
Ben Misterka 是来自美国的吉他手，作曲家和音乐教育者。作为一位多元的音乐人，Ben丰富的旅行经历让他的音乐风格深受世界各地的音乐影响。2012年移居上海后，Ben持续创作，演出并录制他所热爱的音乐。
在中国，美国和日本Ben都有演出。合作过的知名乐手包括创作歌手窦靖童，偶像团体羽泉，灵魂及R&B歌手Anhayla，Kimberley Nichole，和Joye B. Moore等。
热衷于音乐节的他曾在美国里士满国际爵士音乐节，2013和2015年上海爵士音乐节（New Grasslands和Return To Mongolia），以及内蒙古的鄂尔多斯世界音乐节，Booshkabash，上海世界音乐节等表演。
2013年在上海House of Blues and Jazz驻演两个月，同年受邀和上海巴罗克室内乐团一同在上海音乐厅演出。
目前活跃在相当国际化的音乐界的他不断地在表演，创作，录音。目前所属的乐团有融入非洲元素的世界音乐团体RTM，爵士三重奏The Brian Hurley Trio ，和结合蒙古乐风的蓝草乐队New Grasslands，并受邀与多数其他团体合作演出。Ben对未来充满期待。