Who is Benni Seidel


Benni Seidel
Founder and Artistic Director Established in 1985, Stretch Mk1 have performed in over 40 different countries around the world, often as artistic ambassadors for Australia
Founder & Artistic Director of Stretch Mk1
Established in 1985, Stretch Mk1 have performed in over 40 different countries around the world, often as artistic ambassadors for Australia

You could just say I’m an old bloke who’s worked in the music, theatre and entertainment industries for the better part of 56 yrs (sheesh, that’s over half a century!!)

Decided to facilitate the Sunday Sessions in January 2013 as a private project for 12 months, without particularly aiming to get anything together through doing it.

The first session was January 13th 2013. It was an interesting exercise.
In the past four years I met ad had the pleasure of playing with and listening to some great musicians and performers, local, interstate and from around the world.
China, Chile, Spain, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, the US to name a few. This is it’s fourth year


Stuff I’ve created and been involved in in the fairly recent past

Adult Theatre / Arts Festivals

Children’s Theatre / Arts Festivals

SkySculpture Installations / Arts Festivals


MORE music for shows/personal

MORE videos on YouTube

Been a store man, house painter, welder, theatre technician, lighting designer, tour manager, professional musician, actor, puppeteer, comedian, drama therapist, artistic director. Life has been a great opportunity!

Music history; Treble Clefs 1963-64 covers – Electric bass, Shazam 1964 covers – Electric bass, The KeyTones 1964 covers – Electric Bass, The Ramrods 1964 covers – Electric Bass, The Cardinals 1967 – 1969 covers – Electric bass & Vocals, Schmoe & Co 1968 – 1970 Modern Jazz, Be Bop – Electric bass, Lock 4 1970 – 1972 Country Rock & original material – Electric bass composition & vocals, MINT 1972 – 1974 Show Band/covers – Electric bass vocals & arrangements, Big Chief Rocking Horse 1974 covers & original material – Electric bass, Benny & the Jets 1976 – 1977 mostly improvised – Electric bass, The East End Street Band 1978 – 1979 original material – Electric bass & vocals, Barrie McAskill’s On Fire 1979 original material improvisation – Electric bass & Vocals, Coming Soon Plus Many More 1979 – 1980 odd stuff/original material – Guitar & vocals composition, Future Ga Ga 1980 -1982 original material – Electric bass & vocals composition, Bush Turkey 1981 – 1983 jug/skiffle ’20’s & 30’s – Double bass, Vengeance Dance Band 1983 – 1985 bush dance band/Irish/folk – Electric bass & double bass, Mad Dog Spasm Band 1985 spasm/skiffle (precursor to zydeco) Double bass & electric bass.

In 1985 or there abouts, made a conscious decision to only play original music, to compose and record for Stretch Mk1 performances and record and play only the songs that come from the ether and who speak truthfully to me

About 82A Sunday Sessions

The 82a Sunday Sessions are every Sunday 3:00pm to 7:00pm in a private studio/rehearsal space in Alexandria Sydney Australia The sessions are open to experienced musicians/performers/artists who're interested in collaborating, experimenting, pushing their envelope and critical dialogue in a cross section of performance arts. Music, spoken word, movement etc. The facilities and equipment are provided free to participants. Originality and critical dialogue are encouraged!
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