Charlie Rosen

Musician, composer, founder of the 8-bit Big Band

Charlie Rosen conducting
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Charlie Rosen
Grammy and Tony Award-Winning Musical Phenom

Charlie Rosen is an American musician, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, and producer. At only 32 years of age, he is already the recipient of a Tony, Grammy, and Obie Award. In addition to his work performing in the pit of countless musicals, Charlie Rosen is the orchestrator or co-orchestrator for recent Broadway productions, including Be More Chill, Moulin Rouge, A Strange Loop, and the current hit, Some Like it Hot. His film compositions include Billy Crystal’s Here Today and the HBO documentary, Listening to Kenny G.

In 2017 Rosen founded The 8-Bit Big Band as a jazz and pops orchestra, featuring as many as 65 musicians who play his arrangements of video game music from such franchises as Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Pokémon. In addition to two CDs, the 8-Bit Big Band has performed in major concert halls. Charlie Rosen won the 2022 Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Grammy Award for the 8-Bit Big Band’s recording of Meta Knight’s Revenge (From Kirby Superstar).

Charlie’s YouTube videos featuring the 8-Bit Big Band, one-man ensembles, and other assorted projects have enjoyed tens of millions of views.

In April 2019, the New York Times profiled Charlie Rosen in the article, The Modern Music Man: He Plays Every Instrument. Almost.

Charlie Rosen Videos

CMK 2023 Guest Speaker Charlie Rosen is a One-Man Orchestra

Killer R&B Arrangment and Bass Playing by CMK 2023 Guest Speaker Charlie Rosen

2022 Best Arrangement – Instrumental or A Capella Grammy Award Winner

Swinging’ Crazy Cuckoo Video Game Music in the Style of Frank Sinatra

Who Doesn’t Love a Symphonic Treatment of the Tetris Theme?

Charlie Rosen’s 8-Big Band in Concert

Charlie Rosen’s 8-Big Band Salsa Version of this Video Game Classic

More Crazy Cuckoo Video Game Music in the Style of Ol’ Blue Eyes

Charlie Rosen’s Animated Musical Life Story

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Charlie Rosen’s recent credits, include:

Broadway: Some Like it Hot (Orchestrations), A Strange Loop (Orchestrations), Be More Chill (Music Sup/Orchestrations), Moulin Rouge (Orchestrations) [Tony Award], Prince of Broadway (Orchestrations), American Psycho (Assoc MD/Keys), The Visit (Guitar/Zither), Honeymoon in Vegas (Orchestrations), Cyrano de Bergerac (Composer), One Man, Two Guv’nors (Music Director, Bass), 13 The Musical (Guitars, Bass, Keys), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Assoc. MD, Bass, addl. Orch).

Off Broadway/Regional: A Strange Loop (Orchestrations) – Playwrights Horizons, Love in Hate Nation (Orchestrator) – Two River Theater, Broadway Bounty Hunter (Orchestrations) – Greenwich House Theater, A Legendary Romance (MD/Orch.) – Williamstown Theater Festival, Miss You Like Hell (Orchestrations) – The Public Theater, The Black Suits – Center Theater Group (MD/Orch.)

TV/Film/Podcasts/Video Games: Listening to Kenny G – HBO (Composer), Gossip Girl – HBO (Track producer), Here Today – Dir. Billy Crystal (Composer), The Presidents Show – Comedy Central (Composer) Maya and Marty – NBC (MD/Composer/Arranger), High Maintenance – HBO (Addl Music), Hot White Heist dir. Alan Cumming – Audible (Composer), Red Dead Redemption 2 – (Addl music/Drums)

Touring/Live Events: The Boston Pops (Arranger), The New York Pops (Arranger), Take Me to the World – Tituss Burgess at Carnegie Hall (Conductor, MD, Orchestrator), The Jonathan Larson Project (Music Supervisor, Arranger, Producer), An Intimate Evening with David Foster (Bass), Nicole Scherzinger (Bass), Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band in residency at 54 Below