Mara Rosenbloom


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Growing up in Madison, WI, Mara discovered music at an early age, finding her voice walking alone in the tall grass of Wisconsins prairie land, dancing on the piers, and listening with consistently open ears. Inherently drawn to the piano, both Mara's playing as well as her compositions have been described by many as organic, honest, and lyrical.

Mara's passion for music as well as human diversity and interaction eventually drew her to New York City, where she studied jazz composition & piano at New York University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies in 2008. Throughout her 9 years in New York City, Mara has studied closely with Grammy award winning arranger & composer Gil Goldstein (Paul Simon, Michael Brecker, Jill Scott, Esperanza Spalding), Internationally acclaimed arranger & pianist Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, Ralph Alessi, Cooper-Moore, & Connie Crothers.

In 2009, Mara released her debut album as a bandleader & composer, School of Fish, celebrating community and human interaction. Her second album, Songs from the Ground (Fresh Sound New Talent), reaches inward.

The album, Rosenbloom explains, is all about connecting with her roots - "Not just the roots of where I come from physically, but the seeds of my musical inspiration."

These roots furrow through richly-layered terrain for an artist at such an early stage of her development. Songs from the Ground unearths stories of home, family, childhood, memory, wistful nostaliga and personal trauma; the music reaches ambitiously forward while maintaining a grounded folk simplicity. Rosenbloom's compositions reveal an intellectual curiousity which has never lost a childlike sense of wonder, a mature sensibility combining narrative scope with direct emotional expression.

Tilling that ground alongside Rosenbloom is her longstanding, highly attuned quartet - saxophonist Darius Jones, hailed as both "fearless" and "soulful" by the New York Times, bassist Sean Conly, an integral part of the new York jazz scene since the early 90's (Paquito D'Rivera, Andrew Hill, Stefon Harris, Tony Malaby), and up & coming drummer Nick Anderson (Stephane Wrembel Experiment, Atlas Obscura, Little Triumph).

In addition to her work with the Quartet, Mara performs regularly with her Trio, featuring Sean Conly (b) & Chad Taylor (d). Her works for large ensemble have been premiered at the Blue Note Jazz Club (nyc), and her jazz arrangements of Afro-Peruvian folk songs have been premiered by International Peruvian pop star Eva Ayllon. 

Mara is also a committed educator, and currently teaches both composition and piano privately out of her Brooklyn home.