Winnipeg-born percussionist Ben Reimer completed a DMus. at McGill University in 2014. His main focus of research and performance has been to demonstrate how the drumset, traditionally an improvised instrument, has recently emerged as a solo instrument with prescribed notation.
Establishing himself as a leading figure in contemporary drumset performance, Reimer has commissioned solo works such as Ringer by Nicole Lizée, Full Grown by Scott Edward Godin, Train Set by Eliot Britton and the duet Lakoni in Kazonnde by Lukas Ligeti with David Cossin (Bang On A Can). Reimer has premiered four concertos by Nicole Lizée with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Edwin Outwater, Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, Architek Percussion and TorQ Percussion. He has arranged the solo works Liberty by Tony Williams and Spooky Drums by Baby Dodds.
As a classical percussionist, Reimer has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Thunder Bay Symphony. He has participated in the Scotia Festival of Music, Make Music New York, Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival at MassMoca and the Roots and Rhizomes Percussion Residency at the Banff Centre. He has been a guest soloist in such events as the annual Bang On A Can Marathon (NYC), Brandon University “Pro Series”, the Winnipeg International New Music Festival, GroundSwell (Winnipeg), The Little Chamber Music Series That Could (Vancouver), Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal) and Innovations En Concert (Mtl).
As an educator, Reimer is an Adjunct Professor at McGill University. He also teaches at École FACE in downtown Montreal. He was the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Brandon University from 2003-2009 while also teaching a range of courses at the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Mennonite University.
Along with many live recordings for CBC Radio, Reimer can be heard on the following recordings: “Bookburners” and “This Will Not Be Televised” – music by Nicole Lizée (Centredisc), “Pinnacles” – music by Diana McIntosh (Centredisc), “Inuksuit” – music by John Luther Adams (Cantaloupe Music) and “A Menacing Plume” – music by Rand Steiger (New World Records).
Reimer is a member of the Montreal-based quartet Architek Percussion and is a Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Canada and Vic Firth artist. www.benreimer.com
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