Ben Cosgrove: Exploring Themes of Landscape, Place, and Environment through Music | Sea Change

December 8, 2022

Opening our ears to the music of Nature.

During this episode, Jenna sits down with her friend Ben Cosgrove for a chilly but lively chat along the Maine coastline. Ben is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. He has performed in every U.S. state except for Delaware, collaborated with groups ranging from rock bands to research scientists, and held residencies and fellowships with institutions including the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, NASA, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Tune in to learn more about his creative process, the evolution of his work, and hear one of Jenna's favorite pieces titled "The Contour and Shape of the Ground".

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Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.