Pianist, composer, & bandleader Mara Rosenbloom has been called “a whole-hearted poet of the piano,” – she is a builder & a synthesist; a fiercely lyrical composer & improviser (All About Jazz).
Originally from Wisconsin, Rosenbloom has spent the past decade in New York City, creating a
distinctive body of work and establishing herself as a vibrant and respected part of the city’s
diverse network of jazz & improvised music communities. Following the release of Prairie Burn
(Fresh Sound/New Talent), Rosenbloom’s debut trio release with bassist Sean Conly &
drummer Chad Taylor, The New York Times cast a spotlight on Rosenbloom, heralding Prairie
Burn as a “…a trio recording of bristling provocation and full-bore group improvising…her
strongest statement as a bandleader and her most dauntless effort as a pianist.” The album
received a rare 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine, earning it a spot on the Magazine’s Best
Albums of 2017 list. New York Music Daily praised the album as “[Rosenbloom's] quantum
leap into greatness. An absolutely feral, largely improvisational suite...unbridled ferocity and a
remarkable chemistry.” The following May, the trio made their Jazz at Lincoln Center debut,
performing to a sold out house at Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca-Cola. The following January, the
group made a splash at New York City’s Winter Jazzfest, performing to a packed house, and
receiving critical acclaim from Nate Chinen at WBGO, and The New York City Jazz Record.
This past year, Rosenbloom has been debuting a new ensemble, Flyways, featuring 2019 Van
Lier Fellowship winner Anais Maviel (voice & surdo drum) & acclaimed bassist Rashaan Carter
(Wallace Roney, Marc Carey, Cindy Blackman). The group's premier work, I know what I
dreamed sets the text of one of Adrienne Rich's 21 Love Poems to melody, and extends it into
a set length work, balancing composed narrative within a dynamic level of improvisation.
Prior to her work with both trios, Rosenbloom lead her long-running quartet with alto
saxophonist Darius Jones, bassist Sean Conly, and drummer Nick Anderson - embarking on
two US tours, performing monthly in New York, and releasing two albums to critical acclaim.
Currently, in addition to her own projects, Rosenbloom recently recorded the music of William
Parker on a new album of his compositions to be released Spring, 2019 & performed his
tribute Blue Lime Light for Cecil Taylor, at Taylor's Memorial Concert in 2018. Rosenbloom is
also a member of Iconoclast American Jazz Drummer William Hooker's Quartet MOON (feat:
Jon Irabagon), Dawn Drake's global funk ensemble ZapOte, which just returned from a 10 day
International US Embassy Tour of Belize (performing workshops for children with special
needs, community concerts, and outreach & exchange with local musicians), and continues to
perform with a variety of musicians across genres, including Cooper-Moore, William Parker,
Nioka Workman, Sam Newsome, Michael Wimberly, Vinny Golia, Ken Filiano, Ava Mendoza,
Rosa Avila, Gerald Cleaver, Ras Moshe, Omar Tamez, Jeff Davis, Billy Mintz, Daniel Carter, and
Anais Maviel. Her mentors at the piano include the incomparable Cooper-Moore, and the late
great Connie Crothers.
Mara is also a committed educator, and currently teaches both composition and piano
privately out of her Brooklyn home.