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Ben Cosgrove

 

Saturday, October 3rd at 7:30pm

Ben Cosgrove is a composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist based here in New England. He performs regularly both as a solo artist and as a sideman, tours widely all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental music. Ben's performances are at once dazzling and intimate, the music both delicate and commanding.

Ben has been described as “Stupidly talented” (Red Line Roots), “Compelling and powerful” (The Harvard Crimson) and ResidentMediaPundit.com says “Cosgrove's talents know no bounds.”

In recent years, Ben's interests in landscape, place, and ecology have become the strongest forces guiding his composition and performances. “I don't think of my pieces as rendering places in music,” he noted in an article in Harvard Magazine, “but more just as responding to places musically. Writing music just turns out to be a great way for me to process the world.” For years, Ben has been inspired by the ways people respond to built and natural environments, and through songs with names like “Prairie Fire,” “I am Walking Inland,” “Nashua,” and others, he seeks to recreate these phenomena with sound.

In 2014, Ben released ‘ Field Studies ', his first full-length studio offering since 2011 ′ s ‘ Yankee Division ', which focused specifically on the environment of north-central New England. The music on ‘ Field Studies ' looks through a broader lens, considering the human experience of many dramatically varied physical landscapes across North America. Taken as a whole, the new record and the performances Cosgrove has given in the wake of its release offer a one-of-a-kind aural tour of the continent and a totally unique expression of place. At the end of 2014, Sound of Boston named ‘ Field Studies ' one of the best local albums released that year.

From 2012 to 2014 Ben served as the Signet Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Harvard University, and he has also held residencies and fellowships at Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

In addition to his solo work, Ben has performed and recorded with a wide spectrum of other artists, including David Berkeley, Saint Anyway, Jamie Kallestad, and Dedric Clark and the Social Animals and he also constitutes one half of the folk duo 90-Mile Portage. He has recorded original music for clients including Grand Teton National Park, WHRB, Bristlecone Media, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

www.bencosgrove.com

Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.

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