Jesse Greenberg is a Queens-based percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and arts educator. Using yarn mallets and bows on glockenspiel, Jesse reimagines one of childhood’s most familiar instruments, performing with LCollective, Zamler-Carhart/Rauh/Greenberg, 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’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 Piano+ festival, was released on Evidence, Boards, Guitars (February 2021) on Love Records.
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 small chamber ensembles usually emphasizes communication and sometimes contains an element of instrumental theater or interactive scores. His music has been featured in Piano+, 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’…”).
As a percussionist, Jesse has been featured at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, (le) Poisson Rouge, The Greene Space, the Juilliard School, Festival Les Troubadours chantent l’art roman in the Languedoc region of France, and on NPR’s New Sounds. He also performs on keyboards and synthesizers with artists including Tiff Ortiz and Naeemah Z. Maddox. Jesse is one half of Circus Dreams, a lifelong project with his father, David Greenberg.
Jesse gives private piano, percussion, and composition lessons and is a teaching artist in the NYC public schools.