Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist, drummer/percussionist, and composer Mick Rossi is known for his diverse, progressive work in the New York Downtown scene, and has been described as “one of the most courageous, gifted and charismatic musicians in New York and beyond (All About Jazz Italy). Recent recordings include “They Have A Word For Everything“ (Knitting Factory), “Nosferatu” (Dreambox), “Inside The Sphere“ (Cadence), “New Math” (ToneScience), and “One Block From Planet Earth” (OmniTone), about which Down Beat gives “Four Stars” and All About Jazz describes as “Life relishing and unpretentiously profound.” Rossi’s music has been spotlighted on numerous top-ten lists, including All About Jazz, Downtown Music Gallery, and Village Voice Choices. His ninth recording “Songs From The Broken Land” for solo piano was just released on Orange Mountain Music. He was also nominated for a GRAMMY in 1998. In addition, Rossi music directed and conducted the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival production of “The Bacchae” (directed by JoAnne Akalaitis) in Central Park. He has served as music director and curator of the MATA Festival in New York (for which he was featured in TimeOutNY), just completed his third string quartet, and recently conducted Philip Glass’s “Book Of Longing” in Milan, Melbourne, and the Sydney Opera House. Other recent Glass projects include “Orion,” “Music in 12-Parts,” and “Einstein On The Beach” at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared on seven Glass recordings....
One Block From Planet Earth [is] multi-faceted, humorous, life relishing, [and] unpretentiously profound. --All About Jazz
Rossi's piano is the most rooted, solid and resistant spine. Not only for the peculiarities of his instrument, for the implicit polyphonic and therefore harmonious possibilities, but most of all for the authority and serenity that rule his approach. For his courageous minimalism, for his desire to derive unthinkable sounds from his bulky instrument. For his coherent improvisational linearity... --All About Jazz