|Birth name||Hicham Bensassi|
|Born||December 27, 1981|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Singer, songwriter, composer, poet, record producer,|
|Instruments||Singing, Guitars, songwriter|
|Labels||New Antique Records, Universal Music Group, Artefact Records|
|Associated acts||The Moonlight Convention,|
Hicham Bensassi (born 27 December 1981), better known by his stage name Ben River, is a British singer, songwriter, poet, composer and music producer whose work includes music on the satirical BBC animated series Monkey Dust in 2003, remixes including Howard Marks and The Mystery School Ensemble in 2005, also most recently a collaboration with playwright, publisher and spoken word artist Lee Harris released on Genepool/Universal Music Group in 2009 the album Angel Headed Hip Hop.
Aside from vocal, and lyrical duties, Ben River's musical contributions to projects he has been involved with has included Guitar, both acoustic and electric. Also Bass guitar and Piano/Synths. He also incorporates many electronic elements to his work. programming beats and manipulating samples.
Ben River released three Ep's in a series of three musical vignettes over 2015. The first EP 'When The Sun Ate The Moon', the second EP 'Frontier'  and the third EP 'Tomorrow's Child' featuring the song 'Monday Love'  The song "Carried Away" was included on the film Gold Fish Bowl, which was screened at the Portobello Film Festival 2010. An acoustic version of the song Sheffield/Tunis and remixes of the song Carried away were included on the podcast series on New Antique Records. He is working on a new untitled album with various musicians.
The Moonlight Orchestra
The Moonlight Orchestra is an experimental music collective founded in 2009. The debut album 'Traipsing Bloom' was released in 2015 and featured poetry from Daevid Allen, John Sinclair, Lee Harris, Youth and Ben River as well as musical contributions from Hawkwind founder member Nik Turner, Ben River co -composed the music and produced the album.
Angel Headed Hip Hop
The first meeting took place during the time of an event "Terra Firma" where Lee Harris and Ben River had both performed separately. A few years later Hicham invited Lee to record something for a project he was working on and quite organically the album Angel Headed Hip Hop (Album) was born. They brought in special Guests such as writer Brian Barritt, rapper JC001 and Hicham wrote the music, performed vocally on four of the album's songs and remixed the song "Three men in a boat with Howard Marks originally released on the previous album "30 Years of Counter Culture" The album was released in 2009 on Genepool/Universal Music Group.
The album has been described by Upsetter Magazine as "the 21st century equivalent of the early experiments with beat poetry and improvised Jazz" and the K&C Daily Times said "a heady mix of both spoken word poetry and fractured samples. The album is recontextualising the beat poets into the modern age".
- "Ben River". Laurel Canyon Music. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "FolkWords Reviews". www.folkwords.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "Ben River // Frontier EP | New Antique Records". www.newantiquerecords.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "Indie Obsessive: "Monday Love" by Ben River – A Song Review". indieobsessive.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "Q&A with Lee Harris, Ben River & Daevid Allen (The Moonlight Orchestra) - journey of sonic and aural fusion". blues.gr. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "Hail Mary Jane - The Moonlight Orchestra".
- "Angel Headed Hip Hop - LEE HARRIS MEETS RIVER STYX". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "The beat goes on for ex-hippie Lee". www.mail-archive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- Ben River on Laurel Canyon music - http://www.laurelcanyonuk.com/ben-river/
- Ben River EP 'When The Sun Ate The Moon' on Folkwords - http://www.folkwords.com/folkwordsreviews_94176.html
- Ben River EP 'When The Sun Ate The Moon' on Flyah Magazine - http://www.flyahmagazine.com/2015/05/ben-river-when-sun-ate-moon-ep.html
- Ben River EP 'When The Sun Ate The Moon' on New Antique Records - http://www.newantiquerecords.com/ben-river-when-the-sun-ate-the-moon-ep/
- Ben River EP 'Frontier' on New Antique Records - http://www.newantiquerecords.com/ben-river-frontier-ep/
- Ben River EP 'Tomorrow's Child' on Indie Obsessive - http://indieobsessive.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/monday-love-by-ben-river-song-review.html
- Ben River EP 'Tomorrow's Child' on Music News site - http://themusicsite.com/music-news/stunning-ep-from-ben-river-out-now/
- Ben River song 'Monday Love' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cg418
- The beat goes on - East Anglian Daily Times - Article by Steven Russell [April 11, 2009]
http://www.eadt.co.uk/content/eadt/news/features/story.aspx?brand=EADOnline&category=Features&tBrand=EADOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=IPED15%20Apr%202009%2008%3A48%3A44%3A117[permanent dead link] viewable on: http://email@example.com/msg01583.html
- Release page on Genepool- (http://www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/307.htm)
- Three men in a boat release page on Artifact Records - http://artifactrecords.com/release.php?releaseID=11
- Moonlight orchestra - Interview with Ben River, Daevid Allen and Lee Harris - http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/q-a-with-lee-harris-ben-river-daevid-allen-the-moonlight
- Moonlight Orchestra album review - http://sangitasounds.com/the-moonlight-orchestra-traipsing-bloom/
- Moonlight Orchestra album review - http://www.hailmaryjane.com/the-moonlight-orchestra-traipsing-bloom-album-review-2/