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Benjamin Stapp

Tubist and Composer, Ben Stapp, although classically trained with Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo and moonlighting as jazz tubist, opened up his palette while living in Portugal, hanging out at Clean Feed's music store. Since then he's been living in New York since 2017 and experienced the diversity of New York's music scene including engagements with Steven Bernstein's Universal Melody Brass Band, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), toured with Red Barrat, played with the Garden State Philharmonia at Carnegie Hall, with Slavic Soul Party, played some Earle Brown with the ECCE Ensemble at MIT, frequent traditional jazz and brass band freelancer, tubist for the Chelsea Symphony, Sousaphone player for Jacob Sac's live Heavens Trombone Choir, and plays tuba in Stephen Haynes Quintet with Joe Morris, Warren Smith, and William Parker, and dedicated Colombian music tubist and euphonium player with Martin Vejarano's Cumbia River Band, Chia's Dance Party, Pablo Mayor's Folkore Eurbano, and the experimental Alejandro Florez' Tin Throat Ensemble.

His own groups, which feature Stapp's compositions, include a trio record with Satoshi Takeishi and Tony Malaby called Ecstasis. All About Jazz said it was a “debut of a fresh new Voice,” and a musician, “most certainly to watch.”

Two years later created a workshop ensemble called the Zozimos, often pulling ideas from his talented players and assembled a quintet and recorded an album, Return from Panopolis; with Danny Fischer, Justin Wood, David Smith, and Sebastian Noelle with special guests: Amanda Brasher, Isaac Darche, Alex Terrier, Curtis Stewart, and Andy Hunter.

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Myrrha's Red Book, Act 1 by Ben Stapp & the Zozimos is a record bursting with compositional ideas that are matched by equally sophisticated musicianship. Stapp's imagination is limitless, his influences truly diffuse, and he realizes his vision due to a type of daring that few artists possess. This record is certain to appear on a number of best of 2015 lists. — Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now

...one of the best discs of the week and unlike anything I've reviewed in recent times. Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

Primary Instrument

Tuba

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

Micro Tonality Theta Scales

Albums

Ecstasis

UQBAR
2008

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