Jesse Greenberg is a Queens-based percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and arts educator. Jesse regularly performs with ShoutHouse, LCollective, Naeemah Maddox, Zamler-Carhart/Rauh/Greenberg, Circus Dreams, as a soloist, and with his metallophone-forward ensemble, a glassy ruckus.
Jesse is the founding percussionist and a composer-in-residence with the ensemble, ShoutHouse. His composition “Ancient Tools” is on their debut album Cityscapes, released on New Amsterdam records in June 2019. Jesse is also a founding member of LCollective, a group of composers, musicians, and artists based in Brooklyn and Queens NY, Newark NJ, Buenos Aires AR, and elsewhere. Jesse’s glockenspiel playing can be heard on Zamler-Carhart/Rauh/Greenberg’s album mots ricos released on Composers Concordance Records/Naxos in September 2020. His composition “boards,” a collaboration with LCollective and the Piano+ series, was released on Love Records in 2021.
As a composer, Jesse’s work draws from maze-like medieval melodies and improvisation, often incorporating influences from visual art and nature. His music for chamber ensembles emphasizes communication and sometimes contains an instrumental theater or interactive scores. He has composed music for the Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, the Piano+ series, CISUM’s Composing for Percussion Festival, Vassar College’s ModFest, and the Harlem Arts Festival, and was reviewed by I Care If You Listen (“some of the most engaging moments are the ethereal dissonant sections in ‘Ancient Tools’…”).
Jesse has performed at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, (le) Poisson Rouge, The Greene Space, the Juilliard School, Roulette Intermedium, Three Rivers Film Festival, and Festival Les Troubadours chantent l’art roman throughout the Languedoc region of France, and has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds and WXPN’s the Key.