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”. The second of the two CD set will be released on Evolver Records in October 2015.
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
…one of the best discs of the week and unlike anything I’ve reviewed in recent times. Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG