Composer Ben Cosgrove in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park


Ben joins us on this episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Toast to The Arts & Parks” Show to talk about his music and writing, and to share his experience of being the Summer 2022 National Parks Arts Foundation artist-in-residence in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, PodBean, or SoundCloud.

Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. He has performed in every U.S. state except Delaware and (until now!) Hawaii, collaborated with artists ranging from rock bands to string ensembles, and held artist residencies and fellowships with institutions including Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, White Mountain National Forest, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the New England National Scenic Trail, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, NASA, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.

His fourth studio album, “The Trouble With Wilderness,” an evocation of various expressions of nature and wildness within the built environment, was released in 2021 and has been called “beautiful and fascinating” (The Maine Edge), “deeply impressive” (Independent Clauses) and “immediately evocative and fully arresting… brim[ming] with technical mastery and emotional capital” (Seven Days). His nonfiction about place and landscape has appeared in Orion, Taproot, Northern Woodlands, Appalachia, and other publications.

More about Ben and his work is at

National Parks Arts Foundation

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