R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis

photo by Kyle Johnson

This weekend, the music community and the world lost a wonderful talent in Benjamin Curtis. The 35-year old was best known as the guitarist and songwriter of School of Seven Bells, which he formed after sharing several projects, including Secret Machines, with his brother Brandon. Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed this past February with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, to which he succumbed on Sunday night. An official statement was made yesterday on the SVIIB Facebook page thanking his fans and asking them to share “any inquires, well wishes, or notes-of-consolation” with management. Certainly, many lives will be touched by his passing as he affected so many through his life. We at KEXP remember Benjamin Curtis as a kind and gifted artist who generously performed three times with School of Seven Bells in the KEXP studio over the past five years plus once for KEXP donors at The Triple Door. Here are a few of those moments that we were lucky to share with him. Rest in peace, Ben.

School of Seven Bells at The Triple Door in 2012:

photos by Dave Lichterman

School of Seven Bells at KEXP in 2011:

photo by Kyle Johnson

School of Seven Bells at KEXP in 2009:

School of Seven Bells at KEXP with Kevin Cole in 2008:

photo by Ken Roeder

Secret Machines – Nowhere Again (live on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in May 2006)

A young Benjamin Curtis as the drummer of Dallas band UFOFU:

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