Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm
Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles the line between folk and classical music. His “electric and exhilarating” live performances are dazzling and intimate: music that has been described as “passionately joyful… delicately romantic… fantastically uplifting” (MethuenLife) and “compelling and powerful” (The Harvard Crimson).
The strongest forces guiding Cosgrove's composition and performances are his deep interests in landscape, place, and ecology. For years, he has been fascinated and inspired by the different ways people interact with their built and natural environments, and through songs with names like ‘Prairie Fire', ‘Little Rain', ‘Nashua', ‘Sigurd F. Olson', and others, he seeks to explore those relationships and reflect them in sound. “I don't think of my pieces as rendering places in music,” he notes in an interview 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.”
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 record and the performances Cosgrove has given in the wake of its release offer an intimate aural tour of the continent and a unique expression of place. At the end of 2014, Sound of Boston named Field Studies one of the best local albums released that year. The following year, he released Solo Piano, a collection of live performances recorded in an unusual array of performance spaces — clubs, forests, a theater, a ferry, a living room, a bar, a national park, and more — all around the country.
In addition to his solo work, Cosgrove has performed and recorded with a wide variety of other artists from across the spectrums of folk, classical, jazz, and rock music. He has composed works for clients including Grand Teton National Park, WHRB, Bristlecone Media, Fabular Films, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
From 2012 to 2014 Cosgrove served as the Signet Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Harvard University, and he is a recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. He has also held residencies and fellowships at Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, the Vermont Studio Center, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and he spent a year as the artist in residence at White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine.
Cosgrove also writes short nonfiction about sound, art, landscape, and place and has spoken about art, environment, ecology, and place at primary schools, colleges, universities, and at the annual meeting of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating arts in Vermont.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for $25. 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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