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Ben Frost + Brian Eno

Together thanks to Rolex

Ben Frost + Brian EnoIn May, the finalists were announced in the six categories of dance, literature, film, visual arts, theatre and music, and yesterday, the jury of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, made up of Trisha Brown, Brian Eno, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Anish Kapoor, Peter Sellars and Zhang Yimou, who all participate as mentors too, made their verdicts public. The Australian currently based in Iceland, Ben Frost, was chosen as “protégée” in the music category, ahead of Jace Clayton (aka dj /rupture) and Federico Simón Mejía (member of Bomba Estereo). What does all this mean? Well, Rolex will transfer the handsome amount of US$25,000 to Ben Frost’s account which could grow by another US$25.000 towards running a project of his choice under the supervision and advice of Brian Eno. The project won’t materialise for a year yet, but you don’t need to be the cleverest button to know it sounds promising. First though, Frost will have to put the finishing touches to a couple of soundtracks: the one for the video-game “World of Darkness”, and the other a piece inspired by Tarkovsky’s “Solaris”, that he will introduce at the next Unsound festival accompanied by Daníel Bjarnason and the Sinfonietta Cracovia.

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