Patrick Behnke and Benjamin Finley frequently perform together in a variety of contexts, including as the duo Apt Heavens. As Apt Heavens they perform original co-written compositions and improvisations for viola, bass, and electronics.
Patrick Behnke is active as a composer, violist, and improvisor both in the Detroit and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, where he has recently performed projects in the wulf (LA) and Trinosophes (Detroit). A native of the greater Detroit area, he holds a performance degree from the University of Michigan and is currently working on a joint performance and composition M.F.A at the California Institute of the Arts. Patrick has also participated in music and cultural studies at the Vivekananda Institute for Indian Studies in Mysore, India. Major performances of his works include the premier of his ‘Canyonlands’ Suite at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit as well as the premier of his chamber orchestra work, ‘BroadcastLove’ by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Patrick has also appeared in concert with master Malian musician Cheick Hamala Diabate at the Arab American National Museum. As a violist for experimental pop, he has performed and recorded with Michigan artists DAD, Matthew Daher, and Evan Haywood. Patrick also appears on the soundtrack and on screen for the film River of Fundament by Matthew Barney.
Ben Finley is a composer and bass player from Toronto, Canada currently pursuing his Master’s at the California Institute of the Arts. Ben is active in the Los Angeles area in the creative chamber music and improvisation scenes in a variety of ensembles. Ben experiments with alternate tunings and effects with the double bass and the electric bass and appreciates a poly-stylistic approach to music and writing.