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Montreal-based percussionist Ben Reimer has been called a “genre-bending wiz” (PuSh) establishing himself as a leading figure in contemporary drumset performance. He has spent the past fifteen years exploring a new role for drumset in the context of through-composed music. For the past decade Ben has collaborated with award-winning Canadian composer Nicole Lizée. He has premiered four of Nicole’s concertos, multiple chamber works, the influential drum solo “Ringer” and appeared on recordings such as Bookburners and This Will Not Be Televised (Centredisc).
Ben Reimer’s album Katana of Choice: Music for Drumset Soloist was released in September 2017 on Redshift Records (Vancouver). Described as “an exhilarating musical ride” (Wholenote) and "a modern classic" (I Care If You Listen) the album features music by Nicole Lizée, Eliot Britton, John Psathas and Lukas Ligeti. Guest musicians include David Cossin, Architek Percussion and TorQ percussion Quartet.
Ben is an Adjunct Professor at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He is a member of Architek Percussion and is a Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Canada and Vic Firth artist. www.benreimer.com
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Concerts with Architek Percussion found here
March 17 - 23, 2018: Montalvo Lucas Artists Residency Program (California), Ben Reimer in residence with Nicole Lizée.
April 17: Ben Reimer performs "Katana of Choice" solo by Nicole Lizée and other works - Music On Main, Vancouver, B.C. See here for details.
June 3: Open Ears Festival - Solo performance, "Ilimaq" by John Luther Adams.
June 16 - 19: Tables Turned - presented by Luminato Festival. La Callas Fantasie with Nicole Lizée turntables, Carla Huhtanen (soprano), Toronto, ON
June 24 -30: Recording with Lands End Ensemble. “Tree Rings” for marimba and violin by Derek Charke: John Lowry, violin. “Kickin It” for drumset and chamber ensemble: Lands End players, Calgary, AB
August 6: Minimal Excess - presented by Ottawa ChamberFest. Performed “Zoom” by Thomas Brett w/ Alessandro Valiante and Zac Pulak. Ottawa, ON
September 6, 7, 8 Rythmopolis - An immersive event bringing percussion, dance and new technology together, downtown Montreal. Place des Festival, QC
November 24: Recording with Lands End Ensemble. “Kickin It” for drumset and chamber ensemble: Lands End players, Calgary, AB
October 6: Root Systems - Premiere concert by Park Sounds duo (Reimer, percussion; Jennifer Thiessen, viola/viola d'amore). Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg, MB
January 14: Quebec PAS Day of Percussion - McGill University, Montreal, QC - Kevin Volans 4 Marimbas (world premiere) with Architek Percussion
January 23 & 24: Four Thousand Holes - presented by Music On Main/Push Festival, Vancouver, BC.
Featuring Chow-Reimer duo (Vicky Chow, Ben Reimer): Nicole Lizée - Softcore (world premiere); Vincent Ho - Kickin’ it (world premiere); John Luther Adams - Four Thousand Holes (Canadian premiere)
February 15: 5th Anniversary Concert - Architek Percussion, Montreal, QC
March 9 - 27: Architek Percussion - Debut Atlantic Tour. Featuring music by Anthony Tan, John Psathas, Eliot Britton and others
June 13: Suoni Per Il Popolo - co-presented with Innovations en Concert, Montreal - Nicole Lizée - Sasktronica (world premiere) with Amy Horvey (trumpet), Paolo aka P-Love (turntables)
June 8 - 25: Little Shop of Horrors - presented by the Cote Saint-Luc Dramatic Society
July 25: Architek Percussion at the Ottawa Chamber Festival.
August 5 - 11: Montreal Contemporary Music Lab - guest artist in residence.
August 11: Architek Percussion, Classical Spree - presented by Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal at Espace Culturel Georges-Emile-Lapalme
September 21: Album Launch, Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist. location tbd
October 10 - November 4: Sisters: The Belles Soeurs Story - Theatre Calgary.