Tubist and composer, Ben Stapp, is on the forefront in New York’s creative music scene.
Ben Stapp, a composer and performer residing in Queens, New York is shaking things up at
home and abroad. His group, the Zozimos, serves as a secret weapon for creating new
works. It’s a modular group where ideas are work-shopped, improvisers can be allowed to
run wild, and complex writing can be executed at the drop of a hat. The group has received
awards including 1st place in the Bob Stewart Tuba Competition at the 38th Duke Ellington
Jazz Festival, a Roulette Large Ensemble Commission, and most recently, the Jerome
Roulette Commission for his Opera, “Myrrha’s Red Book”.
…one of the best discs of the week and unlike anything I’ve reviewed in recent times. Bruce
Lee Gallanter, DMG
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
Stapp has performed, recorded, and/or toured with several top-tier ensembles from a
variety of musical disciplines including such groups as Red Baraat, the International
Contemporary Ensemble(ICE), Joel Harrison’s 19 (Sunnyside), Chia’s Dance Party, Mino
Cinelu’s World Jazz Ensemble, the Ben Stapp Trio (Uqbar Music) with Satoshi Takeishi and
Tony Malaby, and Stephen Haynes’ Quintet (New Atlantis) featuring, Warren Smith, William
Parker and Joe Morris.