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David Rozenblatt has collaborated with some of the finest talents in pop, jazz and classical music. Ever since joining Barry Manilow’s band in 2003, David has been appearing to sold out arenas all over the world and recording Grammy nominated, Emmy winning and chart topping albums and DVDs ever since. David received two Grammy nominations for both the classical and pop genres that include Absolute Ensemble’s Absolution and Manilow’s Gold album In The Swing of Christmas both featuring The Matt Herskowitz Trio. The trio’s albums, Forget Me Not and Jerusalem Trilogy were nominated for Felix and Juno Awards for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album(s) of the Year”. Their latest album BACH XXI featuring violinist Philippe Quint was released in 2015.

As drummer, producer and composer for the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated and German Record Critics Award winning Absolute Ensemble, David can be heard on the group’s 8 albums. He served as producer on FIX (Enja Records) featuring Blood Sweat and Tears trumpeter, Lew Soloff. In 2005, David premiered Mark Anthony Turnage’s Blood On The Floor (originally written for Peter Erskine) as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

David composed the music to five original ballets including Three Point Turn for Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson and members of The Mariinsky Ballet (f.k.a. The Kirov Ballet) premiering at New York City Center, The Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Stanislavsky Musical Theater in Moscow. Three Point Turn is part of the highly acclaimed Dance spectacle “Beauty In Motion” for which the ballet won three Golden Mask Awards including “Best Female Performer in Ballet or Modern Dance”.  David’s Othello written for The Charlotte Ballet (f.k.a. North Carolina Dance Theater) premiered to rave reviews.  Dirty Wire composed for Complexions Contemporary Ballet premiered in Seattle and had a glorious 2 week run at the Joyce Theater in New York City.  His latest commissions Imprint Maya for Desmond Richardson, and the full length ballet Chronicle both premiered at the Joyce in November 2015 where they enjoyed a 2 week run. Imprint Maya premiered at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Both works are currently on tour premiering all over the world.

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David has performed and/or collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, k.d. Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., The Killers, Paul Simon, Usher, Baby Face, Reba McEntire, Cindy Lauper, Donna Summer, Judy Collins, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Esperanza Spalding, The Ronettes, Little Anthony, Bobby Womack, Ronnie Wood, Joe Zawinul, Paquito DíRivera, Ornette Coleman, Pierre Boulez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Spivakov, Elliot Carter, Will Ferrell and Bill Murray. On Television, David can be seen performing on The 22nd, 24th and 26th Annual Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame(s), The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, VH1, Late Show With David Letterman which include 2 shows with President Barack Obama as guest, Jimmy Kimmel Live, A&E’s Live By Request, PBS’s Soundstage, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Today Show, The Early Show, Martha Stewart, BBC, TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90Tony Bennet Celebrates 90 on NBC.

David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where he became a founding member of the Matt Herskowitz Trio. Born in the Ukraine, David moved to the United States at the age of four and one year later began playing drums professionally. He began his formal training at the Kaufman Cultural Center in New York City and, following graduation, was appointed to the faculty – a position he held for ten years. From his recording studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn “Pencil Factory Recording”, David devotes his time to composing and/or recording many styles of music for various artists, TV shows and movies. David officially endorses © Latin Percussion (LP), YAMAHA Drums, Vic Firth sticks and Remo Heads, and serves as adjunct assistant professor of percussion at Hofstra University.

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REVIEWS

 

DISPUTE IN CONCLUSION UNPLUGGED 2016
Commissioned by Seattle Symphony

Bachtrack
“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.”

OTHELLO 2009/2014
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 2008
For Diana Vishneva and the Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov)
WINNER: 2 Golden Mask Awards and the festival’s Critics’ Prize

Los Angeles Times
“…turbulent, exciting…”

Moscow Times
“…a high-energy, sexually charged romp onstage.”

Arts Journal
“…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…”

IMPRINT/MAYA 2013
Commissioned by Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Oregon Artswatch
“…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.”

Fjord Review
“…a beautiful collaboration, with David Rozenblatt bringing us a stunning piece of his music.”

DISCOGRAPHY

2017   Kristjan Jarvi, Absolute Ensemble, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra – Philip Glass: Aguas da Amazonia  CD
(Orange Mountain Music) Classical, minimalism
Percussionist, Drummer, Ensemble member

2017   Matt Herskowitz Trio – Forget Me Not  CD
To be Re-released in Honor of Lew Soloff (Justin Time Records) Contemporary Jazz
The Original album released in 2006 was Québec’s 2007 Félix Award nominee for “Best Jazz Album”
Co-producer, Drummer, Arranger, Trio member

2016   Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga – Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 CD
(NBC Special, Columbia Records) Jazz/Pop
Percussionist

2015   Matt Herskowitz (Trio)/Philippe Quint – Bach XXI  CD
(Avanti Jazz) Contemporary Jazz/Classical crossover
Drummer, Trio member

2015   A Very Murray Christmas (A Netflix Original) Film
Percussionist

2014   Barry Manilow – Live From Paris Las Vegas DVD
(Stiletto Entertainment) Adult Contemporary Pop/Rock
Percussionist and 2nd Drummer in “American Bandstand”, Band member

2014   Le Refuge Short Film

2012   David Rozenblatt – Dirty Wire  CD
From the 2010 ballet choreographed by Dwight Rhoden for Complexions Contemporary Ballet
(Mishegas Music) Rock/Jazz/Classical crossover
Composer

2012   David Rozenblatt – Three Point Turn  CD
Winner of 3 GOLDEN KEY AWARDS.
From the 2007 ballet choreographed by Dwight Rhoden for Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson and the Mariinsky Ballet (f.k.a. The Kirov). 
(Mishegas Music) Electronic/Jazz/Classical crossover
Composer

2012   Barry Manilow – Live in London DVD and CD
(Stiletto Entertainment) Adult Contemporary Pop/Rock
Percussionist, Band member

2011 Jim Bauer And The Weimarband – Songs Of The Blue Flower CD
(Pontoon Records) Broadway Soundtrack
Percussionist, Band member

2010   Matt Herskowitz (Trio) – Jerusalem Trilogy  CD
Juno Award nominee for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album”
(Justin Time) Contemporary Jazz
Drummer, Trio member

2009   David Rozenblatt – Othello  CD
From the ballet choreographed by Dwight Rhoden for The Charlotte Ballet (f.k.a. North Carolina Dance Theater)
(Mishegas Music) Rock/Jazz/Classical crossover
Composer

2009   Barry Manilow/Matt Herskowitz Trio – In The Swing Of Christmas  CD
Gold Record with over 500,000 albums sold in the US
2009 Grammy nomination for “Best Adult Contemporary Pop Vocal”
(Arista) Jazz/Adult Contemporary Pop
Drummer, Percussionist, Band Member (Barry Manilow), Trio (The Matt Herskowitz Trio)

2009   Manuel Mijares – Vivir Así  CD
(WM Mexico) Pop
Percussionist

2008   Barry Manilow – Happy Holiday DVD
From the 2003 A&E Live By Request Christmas Special
(Stiletto TV)
Percussionist, Band member

2008   Barry Manilow – The Greatest Songs Of The 80’s  CD
(Sony/Arista) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2008   Sheera Ben-David – On A Carousel  CD
(Sheera Ben-David) Cabaret
Drummer

2008   Sound Liberation – Days  CD
(Col Legno) Hip-Hop/Classical crossover
Drummer, Band member

2008   Barry Manilow – Songs From The Seventies  DVD
Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Music Direction
(PBS Special)
Percussionist, Band member

2007   Barry Manilow – The Greatest Songs Of The 70’s  CD
(Sony/Arista) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2007   Gheorghe Costinescu – A Live Retrospective: 1952–2002  CD
(Capstone Records) Classical Contemporary
Body Percussionist

2006   Barry Manilow – Music and Passion  DVD
3 time platinum, Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program” and
No. 2 on Billboard top 10
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(Stiletto TV) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2006   Perfume: The Story of a Murderer CD
Major Motion Picture
Drummer, Percussionist, Sound effects

2006   Barry Manilow – First and Farewell  DVD
(Stiletto TV) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2006   Absolute Ensemble – Arcanum  CD
(Bis Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Band member

2006   Dagmar – Door No. 1  CD
(Breathing Room Music Records) Alternative Rock
Drummer, Band member

2004   Beth Anderson – Swales and Angels (New World)  CD Classical Contemporary
Percussionist

2003   Elliot Goldenthal – S.W.A.T. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 
(Varese Sarabande Records)
Percussionist

2002   Absolute Ensemble – FIX  CD
Featuring Trumpet great Lew Soloff
(Enja & Cantaloupe) Acid Jazz/Classical
Producer, Drummer, Band member

2002   Weimarband – Sturm n’ Twang Original EP
(19 Records) Alternative Rock
Percussionist, Band member

2001   Martin Kuuskmann with Bill Schimmel and David Rozenblatt  – Archipelago – Archipelago  CD
(CCn’C Records) Jazz/Classical/Crossover
Drummer, Percussionist

2001   Absolute Ensemble – Absolution  CD
Grammy Nomination for “Best Small Ensemble”
(Enja Records) Classical Contemporary/Jazz Crossover
Drummer, Percussionist, Band member

2000   Absolute Ensemble – Absolute Mix, A Live Recording  CD
(CCn’C Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Drummer, Band member

2000   Paquito D’Rivera/Absolute Ensemble – Habanera  CD
(Enja Records) Jazz/Classical Crossover
Percussionist, Ensemble member

1999   Absolute Ensemble – Adams/Schoenberg Chamber Symphonies  CD
(CCn’C Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Ensemble member

1999   Absolute Ensemble – Architectonics  CD
(CCn’C Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Ensemble member

1996   ST-X Ensemble Xenakis USA – Ensemble music 2  CD
(Mode Records) Contemporary Classical
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1996   Carter Burwell – The Chamber  CD
(Varese Sarabande Records) Movie soundtrack
Percussionist

1996   The Matt Herskowitz Trio – Lucid
OUT OF PRINT  Contact David Rozenblatt for a copy.
(Ethereal Records) Jazz
Drummer, Band member