Mara Rosenbloom is an accomplished Brooklyn-based pianist, composer, & bandleader who has been called “a whole hearted poet of the piano.” With an interest in building community by encouraging honest expression and interactive dialogue through music – human connection has been a focus of Mara’s practice throughout the past decade, and as a result, powerful group interaction has become a hallmark of Rosenbloom’s sound. Her work draws inspiration from a wide variety of genres, synthesizing lyrical songs from her childhood, the high energy unpredictability of New York City, and most recently, the socially engaged texts of queer poet & pioneer Adrienne Rich. Both a highly skilled improviser, and adept bandleader, Mara’s work has been praised and reviewed by The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, The Chicago Reader, Chamber Music America Magazine, The New York City Jazz Record and others. In addition to her work as a bandleader, she is also a member of William Hooker’s Quartet MOON, The Katie Bull Project, and Dawn Drake’s global funk ensemble ZapOte, and continues to perform & record with a variety of musicians across genres. Mara is also an experienced music educator, having worked as a piano tutor and musical director for over a decade. Her mentors at the piano include the incomparable Cooper-Moore, and the late jazz improviser & life force Connie Crothers.