Ben Cosgrove of Portland, Maine, is the Volland Foundation’s first juried resident!
Ben arrived on April 19th and leaves Kansas on May 3rd. He is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. He has performed in every U.S. state except Delaware and Hawaii, and he has collaborated with other artists ranging from string ensembles to rock bands to essayists.
Prior to his Volland Residency, Ben was a Tallgrass Artist Resident in Matfield Green, KS. His performance for the community was received with great delight! Ben has also held artist residencies and fellowships with institutions including the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, NASA, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. His fourth studio album, The Trouble With Wilderness, an evocation of various expressions of nature and wildness within the built environment, was released in 2021 and has been called “beautiful and fascinating” (The Maine Edge), “deeply impressive” (Independent Clauses) and “immediately evocative and fully arresting… brim[ming] with technical mastery and emotional capital” (Seven Days). Find more information on his website, www.bencosgrove.com.
Ben expressed early in his residency he would enjoy performing for the community. He has many stories, and his time in Wabaunsee County has only added to the list -ask him about his encounter with a Wabaunsee County turkey!
BEN’S POP-UP CONCERT
Friday, April 29, 2022 | 7pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Although the weather may be frightful, the show will go on!
We have a basement, and you are invited to stay until the weather blows over.
Do use your best judgement…
Admission by Free Will Offering
(to support the Volland Residency Program)
Adult Beverages and Sodas by Donation
Come early for best seating
(or just show up!)
We look forward to seeing everyone for a fun night of music, learning, and conversation.