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Transplanted to San Francisco Bay Area from Shanghai, China and originally hailing from Virginia Beach, Ben Misterka’s story is anything but ordinary.  Spending nearly 6 years based in Shanghai, he is well known as a top call session and touring guitarist, regularly performing at arenas, major festivals, and intimate clubs alike, with leading pop artists, internationally renowned touring acts, and his original project “Collectivity”.  Relocating to the Bay Area in 2017, he is quickly turning heads and making an impact across California and beyond.    

       A graduate of VCU jazz department, Misterka quickly began performing in some of the top RnB, Hip Hop, Gospel, Funk and Jazz groups around Richmond, VA.  Developing a fluency in those languages, he grew to be a well versed and versatile in demand guitarist. He soon found the offer to move to China, working with several schools to develop the music programs, and perform full time.  Immersed in this new culture, he became fluent in Mandarin found himself performing at arenas, large festivals, and clubs such as Blue Note, all over the country, as well as holding a residency as Musical Director for one of the best soul music venues in Asia, “Shake”. 

       In 2019 Misterka released an album of original music, “Off the Grid” with his band Collectivity, which had the opportunity to tour in Asia, the US and Europe.  

         As an artist with incredible versatility, unique groove and pocket, and a compelling performer, Misterka has worked with; Lyrics Born, Goapele, Tommy Igoe, Erica Falls, Fred Yonnet, The Voice of China, Nikki Glaspe, Morris Hayes, Tia Ray, Glen David Andrews, Tan Wei Wei(谭维维), Leah Dou (窦靖童), Yu Quan (羽 泉) and many others.  He studied with Wayne Krantz, Fred Hersch, and Doug Richards.

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