The esteemed composer.

Ben McAllister

Guitarist | Composer | Agitator

A composer and guitarist based in Seattle, I've played with a string of boundary-pushing groups including Medicine Hat, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Wizard Prison, C’mon C’mon and Tuktu. I co-host the Articulations podcast w/Joshua Kohl. I’m the founder of the Guitar Cult, my current focus, a 7-piece electric guitar group interpreting my pieces. I periodically share audio I've made along the way in my My Sounds sound journal series, available on Bandcamp. My guitar music is available from Stropes Editions.

Upcoming Events

Guitar Cult and guests, Thursday September 21, 2023, at the Royal Room, Seattle.

Past Events

YouTube Live solo stream

Streaming solo set online live September 26, 2022 8pm

Ben McAllister Solo show + Big Audience Composition Experiment

Friday October 14, 2022 7:30pm, $10, Chapel Performance Space, Seattle


Scores and Parts for 3 pieces - Askance, The Rock and Land Bridge Approach - are now available through Stropes Editions, March 2022

Track for Land Bridge Approach available, Nov 2021

My music featured on Wayward in Limbo audio stream, July 2021

Alberto Whitmer, Zach Tremblay, and Max Foreman perform "The Rock (for 3 Guitars)" by Ben McAllister, Spring 2021.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students Max Foreman, Alberto Whitmer, and Zach Tremblay perform "Askance" by Ben McAllister, Fall 2020.

Medicine Hat TV appearances (from 1994) on YouTube


The Guitar Cult: My electric guitar ensemble

The Articulations Podcast: Joshua Kohl and I interview unique musicians we love.

Previous projects

Degenerate Art Ensemble | Tuktu | Wizard Prison | C'mon C'mon | Medicine Hat


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