Pianist, drummer/percussionist, composer and member of the Philip Glass Ensemble and the Paul Simon band, Mick Rossi is known for his diverse, progressive work in the New York Downtown scene, and has been described as “an exemplar of the cross-fertilization between jazz and classical music worlds...the smile-creating mix of humor, surprise, gorgeous sounds and virtuosity...relentlessly pressing, twisting and turning...an assuredness and logic that feel inevitable, despite the almost constant surprises," and "one of the most lucid, original and creative minds of the New York scene, and long-time collaborator with Philip Glass." (All About Jazz). Recent recordings include “They Have A Word For Everything“ (Knitting Factory), “Nosferatu” (Dreambox), “Inside The Sphere“ (Cadence), “New Math” (ToneScience), and “One Block From Planet Earth” (OmniTone), about which Down Beat gives “Four Stars” and All About Jazz describes as “Life relishing and unpretentiously profound.” Rossi’s music has been spotlighted on numerous top-ten lists, including All About Jazz, Downtown Music Gallery, and Village Voice Choices. His ninth recording “Songs From The Broken Land” for solo piano was just released on Orange Mountain Music ("Bartokian and energetic" - NY Times). In addition, Rossi music directed and conducted the Public Theater's Shakespeare Festival production of “The Bacchae” (directed by JoAnne Akalaitis) in Central Park. He has served as music director and curator of the MATA Festival in New York (for which he was featured in TimeOutNY), just completed his third string quartet ("Shostakovichian paranoia" - NY Times) which was premiered at Merkin Hall's Tribeca New Music Festival by the JACK QT, recently conducted Philip Glass’ “Book Of Longing” in Milan, Melbourne, and the Sydney Opera House, and was soloist with the LA Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl) and NY Philharmonic (Avery Fisher). In addition, he currently has a residency as performer and curator at the LES’ Spectrum NYC (Outliers Series / 2013-2017) and has been a Hermitage Fellow since 2012. Other recent Glass projects include “Orion (drummer/percussionist),” “Music in 12-Parts (keyboardist),” “Einstein On The Beach” (Olivier Award, as assistant conductor/keyboardist), and "Koyaanisqatsi Live With The NY Philharmonic" (keyboardist), as well numerous tours with Mr. Glass and cellist Wendy Sutter. He has appeared on eleven Glass recordings, six Simon recordings (including the recent Austin City Limits live), and has just completed his tenth solo release entitled "160" on Innova Records.
A member of the Philip Glass Ensemble as pianist, percussionist and conductor, Rossi is currently touring with both Glass and Paul Simon / Sting. Rossi has also performed and recorded all over the world with artists including Alex Acuña, Laurie Anderson, Steven Bernstein, Big Lazy, Theo Bleckman, Angela Bofill, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Cliff, Leonard Cohen, Helga Davis, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Kermit Driscoll, Billy Drewes, Peter Erskine, Renee Fleming, Eric Friedlander, Vinny Golia, Eddie Gomez, Hall and Oates, Gerry Hemingway, Russ Johnson, Carla Kihlstedt, Kill Hnery Sugar, Andy Laster, The Mahavishnu Project, Tony Malaby, Arif Mardin, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Martino, Aaron Neville, Randy Newman, Paula Prestini, Phil Ramone, Aaron Roche, Jenny Scheinman, Chris Schlarb, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Nadia Sirota, Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Sterman, Sting, Foday Suso, Wendy Sutter, Tzadik, Bora Yoon, Johnnie Valentino, Cuong Vu, Robert Wilson, yMusic, Jeffrey Zeigler and Zion80, among others. Performances include the Glastonbury, iTunes, Knitting Factory, Montreux, North Sea, Luminato, River-to-River, and Tune-In festivals, Carnegie Hall, NY, LA and London Philharmonic, Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, MoMA, WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer, NPR’s All Things Considered, WKCR’s Musicians Show, John Zorn’s The Stone, Tonic, Joe’s Pub, Iridium, Barbes, Roulette, BAM Next Wave, Metropolitan Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and The Colbert Report. Recent films/TV include "Bored To Death" (HBO), "Delmar" and “Albi’s Oboe” (Matt Dine), “The Vagina Monologues” (HBO), “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown” (Artisan), and his scores for the award winning independent films “Born Again” and "Queers In The Kingdom" (Markie Hancock), “The Other Side Of The River” and “Journey” (both by Lin Chien Ping), and the prize-winning “Zipper” (Amy Nicholson).