Benjamin Lanz is a Multi-instrumentalist, Trombonist, Composer, and Song Writer, based in Brooklyn, New York and Paris, France. Currently on tour as part of the band, The National, Benjamin is also a member of the band Beirut, and long time touring band member for Sufjan Stevens. Along with these groups, Benjamin fronts two main songwriting projects, LNZNDRF, a Kraut/Psych band with Bryan, Scott Devendorf, and Aaron Arntz, and a singer-songwriter solo project, LANZ. He has also formed a new Post Rock, Post Jazz project with John Colpitts, (aka Kid Millions) Million Lands, as well as various other projects and team ups, both in concert and in the studio. Outside of, but not unrelated to these pursuits, Benjamin is involved in performative Electro-acoustics, both as a performer, championing new music for the trombone via commissioning new works, and as a composer, writing and performing pieces for solo and chamber ensembles, and electronics.
Benjamin has played with: Alain Toussaint, Alexi Murdoch, Arcade Fire, Beirut, Big Red Machine, Anthony Braxton, Booker T. Jones, Broken Social Scene, Bryce Dessner, Buddy Guy, Clogs, Derek Trucks, Dry the River, Frightened Rabbit, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Laurie Anderson, Little Scream, Local Natives, The Lone Bellow, Mavis Staples, Mouse On Mars, Mumford And Sons, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, Phosphorescent, Ray Davis, Sharon Van Etten, So Percussion, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Taylor Swift, This Is the Kit, Wilco, among many others.