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I studied composition with Sherwood Shaffer and Lawrence Dillon at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I have written many works for orchestra, chamber music, piano, and classical guitar, in a style that could be labeled as neo-romantic, but I have also written some folk songs and ballads. My concert hall music is usually programmatic and lyrical, and I have tendency towards the epic and the spiritual. Besides composing music, my main performing isntrument is the guitar. I play classical guitar (works by Tarrega, Agustín Barrios, etc) but I also like singing with it (rock, ballads, latin boleros, folk songs, and a few  jazz standards). I also paint and have had individual expositions of my paintings in Panama, my hometown. Some of my favorite writers are J. R. R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert, and C. S. Lewis. I love impressionism, both in music and in painting. I love all classical composers, but I feel a special attraction to the music of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorak, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev. I also have been influenced by song writers like Al Stewart, Silvio Rodríguez, Jim Croce, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell.


Posted June 27, 2011 by Jorge Bennett, Composer.

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  1. Hi Jorge! I wrote a Panamanian travel blog and I’m working on an article about fonda food. I was hoping I could use one of your images. I’ll provide proper credit and what not. Let me know it it’s okay. Feel free to check us (my brother and I) out at http://www.thepanamaportal.com. Blessings!

    • Hi Lauren,

      I would be honored to have my painting in your article. I already checked your blog and it is a very nice one. I would only ask, as you said, to give me credit (my artist name is Jorge Bennett-Limnio) and also provide the link to my image or to my website. If you are making any profits out of your blog or any activities directly related to your blog, I would ask you to make me a donation of 20 dollars/per image used -one in this case-, and I could provide my PayPal account or my savings account number for that purpose. But if this is not giving you any profits at all, then forget about the donation and just go ahead and use the image. In any case I already appreciate your honesty and courtesy by asking me first. Blessings to you also!

  2. Jorge, my family traveled to Panama this past September. My father desperately wanted a painting of the Cerro Punta or Boquete area to remind him of his trip to Panama but he never found one before he left the country. Some of your beautiful paintings of El Valle remind me of Cerro Punta a little bit would you have any advice to offer about local artists that sell paintings very similar to the works you produce?

    • Hi Grant, I think there might be a few painters who paint more or less in my style here in Panama. Unfortunately I don’t know them too well or do not see them often, because I’m a composer and a guitarist more than anything (so far) and I ususally hang out with musicians. All I could say right now is that there is this great american-panamanian painter, Al Sprague, who paints incredibly beautiful panamanian landscapes and panamanian folk subjects (like the “polleras”, the panamanian national ladies dress) but I don’t know how to contact him. However, I’ve seen some of his paintings on sale at the Sheraton Hotel (there is a small Mary Palma Gallery inside this hotel). You could also search for Sprague in google. There are also this group of painters called “Los Valleros” and I’v heard they paint images from El Valle de Antón, like I did- dont know if they would have paintings of Cerro Punta, and I don’t know them personally either. Good luck with your search. Thank yo so much for your nice commments about my El Valle paintings.

  3. because I like your work
    Congratulations! I have nominated you for Blog of the Year 2012 award. Well deserved! Here is a link to the rules of the award; http://mysecretloveforyou.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/
    Well deserve it!

    my secret love for you
  4. Thank you so much. I am surprised and honored. I already visited your blog and I think it is a beautiful one. Muchas bendiciones! Gracias!

  5. Hello to such a talented young man. I just listened to one of your compositions and viewed your paintings as well. I enjoyed them both very much. I have also viewed your you tube version of Clair De Lune as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and the beautiful paintings by the English artist whose name now escapes me. I am Director of Nursing for an alzheimers facility in Alabama, and I believe the music and paintings would be quite beneficial for my residents to relax them and was wondering if it would be possible to purchase this somehow? I would greatly appreciate a response, and thank you.

    • Dear Pam,

      Thank you for your kind words; I’m honored that you enjoyed my music and my paintings. If you’d like, I can try and send you the Clair de Lune video to your email address for free. I would not charge you a single penny for that because both the music and the paintings are not really my property. The Clair de Lune recording is from a vinyl album I have, and the paintings by John Atkinson Grimshaw anyone can find on google images. The only problem we might have is that the video file is very heavy and I’m not sure if it will “fit” on regular email. You could also try and find somebody who could help you copy the video directly from my YouTube channel; (I wouldnt mind that at all). For example, anyone nowadays can download a application called “ATubeCatcher” for free. That application is easy to use and it can be used to download any video from YoTube to your computer. I would be glad that my video would be used to relax alzheimers patients. My grandmother is 102 years old, and she has been suffering from alzheimers disease for 14 years now. God bless you for your noble labor.

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