Ben Reimer graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2001 with a Masters in Music, majoring in Percussion Performance. From 2003-2010 he was the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Brandon University in Manitoba, while also teaching at the Canadian Mennonite University and in his private lesson studio in
Winnipeg, MB. Ben is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal.
Currently living in Montreal, Ben's main focus of research and performance is in demonstrating how the drumset, traditionally an improvised instrument, has recently emerged as a solo instrument with prescribed notation. His interest in the drumset and contemporary music has resulted in several recent commissions by Canadian composers such as Eliot Britton (Train Set for drumset and 5.1 surround sound effects), Nicole Lizée (Ringer for solo drumset) and Diana McIntosh (Just Add Water for vibraphone and multipercussion).
Ben is scheduled to premiere a new concerto by Nicole Lizée for "power trio" (drumset, guitar and bass) and orchestra in March 2012 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He has also recently been invited to play in the Scotia Festival of Music, Make Music New York and the Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival. He has performed with the Thunder Bay Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Opera Society, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Ron Paley Big Band and GroundSwell to name a few. He has been a guest soloist at the Brandon University "Pro Series", the Winnipeg New Music Festival and a guest curator for the 2009/10 Groundswell season.
Ben composed the soundtrack to short film "Night Drive" by New Zealand film director Paul Wedel debuted in the NZ International Film Festival in 2008. He also appears on the 2008 Centredisc CD "This Will Not Be Televised" featuring works by composer Nicole Lizée and the 2010 release "Pinnacles" featuring works by Diana McIntosh. Ben has received commission and educational grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts and is a Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha and Vic Firth Education/Performing Artist.
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