David Rozenblatt is a platinum selling and Grammy nominated drummer and percussionist, as well as an accomplished composer. He has collaborated with some of the finest talents in pop, jazz and classical music. Since joining Barry Manilow in 2003, David has appeared to sold out stadiums and arenas all over the world and recorded chart-topping, Grammy and Emmy winning albums and DVDs. He received two Grammy nominations for both classical and pop genres: Absolute Ensemble’s Absolution (Best Small Ensemble Performance) and Barry Manilow’s platinum selling In The Swing of Christmas (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album). Both recordings feature David with The Matt Herskowitz Trio, whose albums, Forget Me Not and Jerusalem Trilogy earned Best Contemporary Jazz Album nominations from both the Felix and Juno Award Academies. As the percussionist on the Grammy Award winning NBC special, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) David played with an all-star line up including Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, and with Leslie Odom Jr on his percussion-driven rendition of Autumn Leaves.
David has composed five original ballets. Three Point Turn, written for legendary prima ballerina Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson and the Kirov Ballet, won numerous Golden Mask Awards including “Best Ballet” and the “Critic’s Prize.” Othello, written for the Charlotte Ballet, premiered to an ecstatic audience and stellar reviews. Dirty Wire, Imprint Maya and Chronicle were all written for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, based in New York City and touring the world. Imprint Maya debuted in Los Angeles at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and was featured in the LA Times.
David’s instrumental works include “Dispute In Conclusion Unplugged” composed for Seattle Symphony’s Chamber Series. Of it, Bachtrack wrote, “Of the 21st-century composers, David Rozenblatt stole the show…[His score] left the audience breathless before they shouted a collective ‘Wow!’”. Flux (2018) written for a full symphony and commissioned by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic premiered at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace and at the Dubai Opera House.
David has worked with Paul Simon, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, Esperanza Spalding, The Killers, Usher, Baby Face, Reba McEntire, Cindy Lauper, Donna Summer, David Foster, Kesha, Kristin Chenoweth, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Little Anthony, Bobby Womack, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Audra McDonald, Ornette Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Koz, Joe Zawinul, Pierre Boulez, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Spivakov, Elliot Carter, Will Ferrell and Bill Murray. He can be seen performing on the Grammy Awards, numerous Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame specials, The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Show With David Letterman, VH1, and the BBC.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, David moved to the United States at the age of four. The following year, he started playing drums professionally and years later received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. He devotes time to music students of all ages (in person and online) and records for various artists, TV shows and films from his studio in New York, PencilFactoryRecording.com. David proudly and officially endorses © LATIN PERCUSSION (LP), YAMAHA Drums/Percussion, VIC FIRTH Stick/Mallets, and REMO Heads.
David Rozenblatt’s drumming fascinated me. It was joy-filled, wildly exuberant but purged of unnecessary clutter. Many of the younger drummers I hear are time tricksters, and while this is impressive it can also clutter up a sound canvas. Rozenblatt had something of the swing drummer about him, but overlaying that was a colourist sensitivity, the warmth of a great rhythmic conversationalist. By John Fenton.
DISPUTE IN CONCLUSION UNPLUGGED
Commissioned by Seattle Symphony
“Of the 21st-century composers, David Rozenblatt stole the show…[His score] left the audience breathless before they shouted a collective ‘Wow!’ ”
Lutosławskian Seattle Symphony Celebrates American Composers
“…striking…raucous [and] pulsing…devilishly amusing.”
Commissioned by Charlotte Ballet
Classical Voice of North Carolina
“[The score] contains all the peculiar variety and rich strangeness of music in a dream…Visually and aurally, this is a world complete…. Its conception is brilliant; its undertaking enormous and full of risk.”
Creative Loafing Charlotte
“…easily the most visually arresting and dramatically compelling choreography that Rhoden has brought to us, [the visual production] meshed beautifully with Rozenblatt’s score…”
THREE POINT TURN
For Diana Vishneva and the Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov)
WINNER: 2 Golden Mask Awards and the festival’s Critics’ Prize
Los Angeles Times
“…a high-energy, sexually charged romp onstage.”
“…pointedly unlike the material [Vishneva] dances with her home company or with American Ballet Theater…Complexions Dance Company provided the most striking piece, “Three Point Turn.”
Gay City Times
“…an excellent and unusual score…”
Commissioned by Complexions Contemporary Ballet
“…a quietly intense and almost jointless fusion of sight and sound and emotion.
“This work, with its cold clear vision of ‘these days of bloody screaming’ and its corresponding, improbable sense of grace, is for me the highlight of the evening.”
North Texas Performing Arts News
“…passionate vocals set against piano and minimal strings offered a blank slate for Rhoden to experiment”
Living Out Loud Los Angeles
“A Modern Twist on the Traditional…a highlight.”
“…a beautiful collaboration, with David Rozenblatt bringing us a stunning piece of his music.”
2020 Extension – Svjetlana Bukvich CD
2019 The Bronx, USA HBO
2018 Shoshana Bean – Spectrum CD/LP
2017 (FELIX NOMINEE) Matt Herskowitz Trio – Forget Me Not (Producer/Musician) – CD
2016 (GRAMMY WINNER) Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga – Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 NBC Special, Columbia Records
2015 A Very Murray Christmas (A Netflix Original) NETFLIX
2014 Le Refuge Indie short film
2012 David Rozenblatt – Dirty Wire CD
2012(WINNER 3 GOLDEN MASK AWARDS) David Rozenblatt – Three Point Turn CD
2012 Barry Manilow – Live in London DVD/CD
2010 (JUNO NOMINEE) Matt Herskowitz (Trio) – Jerusalem Trilogy CD
2009 David Rozenblatt – Othello CD
2008 Barry Manilow – Happy Holiday A&E Live By Request Christmas Special
2008 Sheera Ben-David – On A Carousel CD
2008. (EMMY WINNER) Barry Manilow – Songs From The Seventies DVD PBS SPECIAL
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Original Motion Picture
2006 Barry Manilow – First and Farewell DVD
2006 Absolute Ensemble – Arcanum CD
2003 Elliot Goldenthal – S.W.A.T. Original Motion Picture
2002 Weimarband – Sturm n’ Twang EP
1996 The Matt Herskowitz Trio – Lucid
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