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Adam Rosenblatt

Baltimore, MD   

Baltimore-based percussionist and performer Adam Rosenblatt has a penchant for finding interesting and uncommon ways to present and perform contemporary music. He has a keen interest for growing an interdisciplinary performance practice, believing that a mix of media and art forms can speak more directly and powerfully to our current modern context.

Adam frequently performs with the Ictus Ensemble in Brussels, Belgium, and is a founding member of QuaQuaQua, a new percussion trio which focuses on the ambiguous space between musical and theatrical performance. Adam has recently been seen in such varied venues as The Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece; The Banff Centre for the Arts as part of the Concerts in the 21st Century residency; Berghain in Berlin with experimental electronic duo Matmos; the Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway to premiere a new evening-length theatrical work; and BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium to perform a work for drumset, electronics, and motion sensors for school children. Adam’s interest in interdisciplinary performance has led him to collaborate with dancers and choreographers on several occasions, including the “In Vivo Danse” workshop through IRCAM’s Manifeste festival, and in Rosas dance company’s production of “Drumming Live.” Additionally, Adam has begun producing and directing performance programs that put contemporary music in a theatrical context, premiering his first production “GODLY CHAOS” in Baltimore in April 2017.

Adam avidly collaborates with composers to bring new and exciting works to fruition. He has premiered many works by emerging composers in venues such as Gare du Nord in Basel, Het Veem in Amsterdam, the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, and Q-O2 in Brussels. Adam continues to keep the creation of new works and collaborations with composers among his highest priorities, having had the great fortune in past years to work closely with such composers as David Lang, Thierry de Mey, Martin Bresnick, and James Wood.

Adam devotes much of his energy to introducing contemporary music to young people in creative ways. He has collaborated extensively with Belgian presenter Zonzo Compagnie, participating in their “music rooms” program and in their “Big Bang” festivals in Lisbon, Brussels, Athens, and Lille. As an extension of these productions, Adam has co-created and led interactive body percussion workshops for children in Antwerp, Belgium, and in Yerevan, Armenia. In Armenia, Adam has been a faculty member for the El Sistema-inspired Sistema Armenia music education program. Currently, Adam works as a teaching artist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids and for Young Audiences of Maryland’s Summer Arts and Learning Academy, as well as co-directing the percussion program at the Peabody Preparatory.

Adam earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music, both under the tutelage of Robert van Sice. Through grants from the Flemish Government, the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, and the Belgian American Education Foundation, Adam performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ictus and Spectra Ensembles in Belgium as part of their Advanced Masters academy program. He is currently in residence at The Creative Alliance in East Baltimore.

Godly Chaos

Performance program conceived, directed, and designed by Adam Rosenblatt, performed by QuaQuaQua and Jonny Allen. Each piece speaks to determinism and free will in some way, and was uniquely staged, arranged, or modified to strengthen this thematic connection.

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Home Work – François Sarhan

Mini-documentary of theatrical body percussion solo Home Work, by François Sarhan. Produced by New Sounds WNYC, filmed and edited by Justin Sergi.

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Analogy Fair – François Sarhan

Theatrical duet by François Sarhan involving spoken text, hammers, and knives (among other things).

Recorded live at WNYC’s Greene Space as part of the monthly variety show 44 Charlton, hosted by Julian Fleisher.

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