Mick Rossi

Pianist, drummer/percussionist, composer and member of the Philip Glass Ensemble and the Paul Simon band, Mick Rossi is known for his diverse, progressive work in the New York Downtown scene, and has been described as “an exemplar of the cross-fertilization between jazz and classical music worlds...the smile-creating mix of humor, surprise, gorgeous sounds and virtuosity...relentlessly pressing, twisting and turning...an assuredness and logic that feel inevitable, despite the almost constant surprises,” and “one of the most lucid, original and creative minds of the New York scene, and long-time collaborator with Philip Glass.” (All About Jazz). 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 (”Bartokian and energetic” - NY Times). In addition, Rossi music directed and conducted the Public Theater'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 (”Shostakovichian paranoia” - NY Times) which was premiered at Merkin Hall's Tribeca New Music Festival by the JACK QT, recently conducted Philip Glass’ “Book Of Longing” in Milan, Melbourne, and the Sydney Opera House, and was soloist with the LA Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl) and NY Philharmonic (Avery Fisher). In addition, he currently has a residency as performer and curator at the LES’ Spectrum NYC (Outliers Series / 2013-2017) and has been a Hermitage Fellow since 2012. Other recent Glass projects include “Orion (drummer/percussionist),” “Music in 12-Parts (keyboardist),” “Einstein On The Beach” (Olivier Award, as assistant conductor/keyboardist), and “Koyaanisqatsi Live With The NY Philharmonic” (keyboardist), as well numerous tours with Mr. Glass and cellist Wendy Sutter. He has appeared on eleven Glass recordings, six Simon recordings (including the recent Austin City Limits live), and has just completed his tenth solo release entitled “160” on Innova Records.

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”New Math is challenging but stunning terrain, spare but beautiful, affecting to the emotions.Their duets are musical poetry slams, a blueprint for performance jazz, with three-digit numbers identifying the songs on this envelope-shredding disc.” —All About Jazz

“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

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