Ben Cosgrove : Music of the Landscape



Forbes Library (20 West St, Northampton MA)

co-sponsored with Kestrel Land Trust

Join us for an enchanting evening with award-winning pianist, Ben Cosgrove, performing nature-inspired keyboard compositions. Ben is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment.

Ben’s music 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). His newest record, Bearings, a collection of improvisation-based music that reflects upon the relationship between movement and place, was released in 2023.

This program is free and open to the public. If you’d like to make a donation to Kestrel you can do so here.

Ben Cosgrove is described by the Boston Globe as “a sonic plein-air painter… [using] his piano as a paintbrush.” He has performed in every U.S. state except for Delaware, collaborated with groups ranging from rock bands to research scientists, contributed music to several radio and film projects (including the recent Ken Burns documentary The American Buffalo), and held residencies and fellowships with numerous institutions (such as NASA, the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology).

You can read more about Ben’s newest record, Bearings, here, stream it on all platforms here, and order the album in CD, vinyl, or digital formats here. For more about Ben and his work, please visit