Ben Reimer has been called a “genre-bending wiz” (PuSh) and a performer of “stunning virtuosity” (Ludwig-Van Mtl). His collaboration with composers such as Nicole Lizée, Eliot Britton, Vincent Ho and Lukas Ligeti have resulted in a unique collection of solos, chamber works and concertos for the drumkit. His debut album Katana of Choice: Music for Drumset Soloist (Redshift Records) is described as “an exhilarating musical ride” (Wholenote) and “a modern classic” (I Care If You Listen). The title track, “Katana of Choice” by Lizée, was nominated for composition of the year at the JUNOs in 2019.
Ben holds a Doctor of Music from McGill University, Schulich School of Music where he also taught percussion from 2015-2021. He currently teaches privately from his home studio in Winnipeg and at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.
Ben is a member of Park Sounds duo with violist Jennifer Thiessen and is a Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Canada and Vic Firth artist. He has been a guest soloist in the CBC JUNO Showcase, the Bang On A Can Marathon, Roulette Concert Series NYC, Edmonton New Music, Calgary New Music, GroundSwell, Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Music on Main, PuSh Festival, Innovations En Concert, Luminato Festival, Tapestry Opera and Open Ears Festival. He has performed with ensembles such as Architek Percussion, Paramirabo, the Australian Art Orchestra, la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), Collectif 9, Standing Wave and the Land’s End Ensemble.
Ben can be heard on recordings such as Kickin’ It 2.0 by Land’s End Ensemble, The Privacy of Domestic Life by Architek Percussion, Bookburners and This Will Not Be Televised by Nicole Lizée, Pinnacles by Diana McIntosh and A Menacing Plume by Rand Steiger. Ben (aka “DJ Cinq à Sept”) is an avid collector of vinyl records and in his free time spins a wide range of styles from his collection of over 1500 records via Mixcloud. Each mix is a glimpse of the music and artists that have inspired Ben to be the performer he is today.