In a time marked by unpredictability and absurd realities, music imbued with spontaneity and improvisation seems especially relevant. Internationally recognized trumpet player and composer-producer-entrepreneur Dan Rosenboom embraces the chaos and seeks to endow us with hope and joy along the way.
Rosenboom, a musician at the forefront of Los Angeles' ever-thriving creative music scene, boasts an international reputation for boundary-pushing projects and relentless productivity. A trumpet virtuoso equally at home in improvised and classical music, the prolific musician has been featured on stages and festivals all over the world, and has been described as “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times.
The highly decorated Rosenboom was born on May 7, 1982 in Berkeley, CA to a composer-performer father who was a trailblazer of early computer music and a mother who was an avant-garde vocalist, designer, and visual artist. From these roots, Rosenboom developed an approach to music and trumpet playing that is highly personalized yet grounded in a global and forward-thinking sensibility.
“From the beginning, I was surrounded by people who were examining and redefining what we consider art to be,” Rosenboom said. “That has had a lasting impact on me, and gave me a true and deep love of exploration through the artistic creative process."
Early on, the musician also acquired an interest in music that reflects cultural and social movements. “When I was younger, I was always interested in music inspired by what was happening in the world at large,” he said, “and that’s become an ongoing theme in my music: responding to culture.”
Rosenboom’s explorations into avant-garde music and what he calls “the intersection of intellectualism and spirituality” deepened while he earned an undergraduate degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 2004, and graduate degrees at UCLA and California Institute of the Arts in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
It was at the latter institutions that his love for improvisational music permanently took root, and around that time he entered Los Angeles’ creative music scene. Working closely with LA icon Vinny Golia, and with his own Balkan jazz-rock group PLOTZ, and improv band DR. MiNT, as well as many other projects, Rosenboom’s route into the jazz world was circuitous, to say the least. However, over the last decade, he’s solidified his place as a pillar in LA’s music community, and has produced more than 25 albums, both under his own name and with various bands. He is also the founder of visionary creative music label Orenda Records, whose roster encompasses dozens of artists.