The Zozimos is a pool of musicians that come together in various formations depending on the demands of a given concert to perform the works of composer and tubist, Ben Stapp.
The name comes from Zosimos of Panapolis, a 3rd century alchemist. The analogy of alchemy to music has always struck a chord with me. In order to compose music, I must come to terms with fascination of the science of music (the building blocks of music) and the unknown element that draws me to make certain musical decisions. Finding a balance between theory and visceral affect in music has always captivated my attention as a composer.
Awards and Selected Venues
Jerome/Roulette Commission 2014 for Myrrha’s Red Book
38th Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival – Bob Stewart Tuba Competition, 1st place – Quintet
Roulette – 2011 Large Ensemble Commission – Winner – 10tet (brass and electronics)
The Tea Lounge – Large Ensemble
The Stone – Brass Sextet, Quintet
Cornelia Street Cafe – Quartet