Recently, I have been working on composing the music for a new video game project called Spectrum: An Elegy for Piano. Spectrum is a puzzle adventure game based around the concept of synesthesia, and because of this, there will be a huge focus on music and art. The main character, Timothy, meets a variety of musicians on his journey, and solves puzzles by using music and color to his advantage. It should be a beautiful game, and I am very excited to be working on it, alongside fellow Columbia students Rienzi Gokea (lead programmer and producer) and Kimberly Hou (fellow music composer).
We recently launched our Kickstarter page in order to try to get funding for the project. If you are interested, you can learn more about the game and our goals at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rienzig/spectrum-an-elegy-for-piano. The game was also recently featured on www.examiner.com, and you can read the interview they did with the game designer Rienzi here: http://www.examiner.com/article/spectrum-brings-color-and-music-to-kickstarter-games.
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Due to COVID-19, most live concerts are being rescheduled. During the pandemic, I've been doing a live stream on my Facebook page every Sunday at 4, which can be accessed here. I've also been posting new videos on my Instagram with tributes to recently passed musicians, and I've done a handful of concerts online for venues in the US and Canada. I'm planning new tours for 2021, and I'm optimistic I'll be able to travel by then. Stay safe, and looking forward to seeing you, either online or on our next tour!
All dates subject to safe reopening procedures:
February 11th-21st: Ben Rosenblum Trio Southern Tour !!
(More dates to be announced - stay tuned for the latest)
Thursday, February 11th: Marco Island Center for the Arts (Marco Island, FL)
Friday, February 12th: Timucua Arts Foundation (Orlando, FL)
Sunday, February 14th: Arts Garage (Delray Beach, FL)
Tuesday, February 16th: North Greenville University Masterclass and Performance (Tigerville, SC)
Wednesday, February 17th: UNC-Pembroke Masterclass and Performance (Pembroke, NC)
Thursday, February 18th: Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (Camden, SC)
Friday, February 19th: Lancaster Cultural Arts Center (Lancaster, SC)
Saturday, February 20th: Chatt Hills Music (Chattahoochee Hills, GA)
Sunday, February 21st: Savannah Jazz (Savannah, GA)
March: European tour with Gabriela Martina (dates pending)
** Saturday, April 24th **
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Sextet at Ravinia (Bennett Gordon Hall) (Highland Park, IL)
(more Midwest dates to be announced - stay tuned for the latest)
Friday, May 14th
Ben Rosenblum Trio at the Seasons Yakima (Yakima, WA)
(more West Coast dates to be announced - stay tuned for the latest!)
Described as an "impressive talent" by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others. Ben is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.