Mick Rossi biography
Brooklyn pianist, composer, percussionist, conductor, leader and arranger Mick Rossi — currently on tour with Philip Glass — is known for his diverse work in the New York Downtown scene and beyond. He has performed and recorded with artists Alex Acuña, Steven Bernstein, Mark Dresser, Billy Drewes, Dave Douglas, Mark Egan, Peter Erskine, Eric Friedlander, Philip Glass, Eddie Gomez, Gerry Hemingway, Ron Horton, Andy Laster, Pat Martino, Michael Pedicin, Jr., Michael Sarin and Cuong Vu, to name a few.
Rossi is a regular as leader and sideman on several different ensembles, including, among others, his "They Have A Word" Quintet, the Anti-Matter Band (Featuring Drewes, Horton, Sarin and Davilla), and the Kermit Driscoll Quartet.
Rossi's work also has been heard throughout the United States and Europe including performances at the Texaco/NY, Knitting Factory, Fringe, Singapore, and Montreux jazz festivals, WNYC's New Sounds, NPR's All Things Considered, as well as in Russia and the Far East. As a leader, his most recent album as a leader is One Block from Planet Earth, an extension of the quintet music he wrote for the critically acclaimed They Have a Word for Everything (featuring Dave Douglas), following the heels of Inside The Sphere (with Driscoll and Charles Descarfino). Other recordings include his score for the silent horror film Nosferatu (DreamboxMedia Records) for percussion ensemble, 12 double basses, clarinet (Andy Laster) and piano, Abstractus with Gerry Hemingway and Todd Reynolds, Searching Souls (Nine Winds Records) and Eight Shorts in Search of David Lynch (ToneScience) with Johnnie Valentino, Vinny Golia, Leo Smith, Michael Sarin, and Eric Friedlander, MicroMusic with John O'Gallagher, and New Math (ToneScience) with trumpeter Russ Johnson.
A regularly commissioned composer, Rossi has amassed a vast continuum of work, encompassing a multiplicity of disciplines and media, some of which include composing and performing music for the concert hall, dance, new music and gamelan ensembles, universities, film and recordings. Notable venues include the Knitting Factory Composers Series, The Philadelphia Academy of Music, The American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Relache, The Eastman School of Music, Rowan University, The Painted Bride, The Gowanus Arts Center, Merce Cunningham and the Metropolitan Opera. Awards and grants include Grammy nomination as Orchestrator/Keyboardist, Meet The Composer, State Council on the Arts, and the Eubie Blake Scholarship.
His regularly performed concerto for marimba and percussion
ensemble Periphery has recently been published by C. Alan. He
holds a B.A. in Percussion, studied under Dennis Sandole (teacher
of John Coltrane), and went on to pursue a Masters
Degree in Composition from New York University. Mick has also been heard
in performance and on recordings with numerous popular artists including Angela
Bofill, Brandy, Jackson
Browne, Marc Cohn, Natalie
Cole, Ray Charles, Ry
Cooder, Roger Daltry, Linda
Eder, Daryl Hall and John
Oates, Annie Haslam, Jewel, Lainie
Kazan, Robert Klein, Arif
Mardin, Randy Newman, David
Sanborn, Tony Visconti, and Carly
Simon (including Live at Grand Central). Broadway credits
as pianist and/or conductor include The Who's Tommy, Jekyll and
Hyde, 42nd Street, and The Full Monty among others. He
has also scored, orchestrated and/or mixed films airing on ABC, NBC, FOX, and
A&E. Recent film projects include HBO's Vagina Monologues and the
hit movei Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and has made appearances
on PBS, Lifetime, Jay Leno, Good Morning
America, VH-1, MTV and David Letterman.