Eclectic Series: “ONCE MORE WITHOUT FEELING” Music for Theremin, Haken Continuum, and Piano / Rob Schwimmer, A Solo Concert
March 24 at 7:00 pm
“ONCE MORE WITHOUT FEELING”
Music for Theremin, Haken Continuum, and Piano
A Solo Concert
Welcome to a new chapter in my series of Triple Helix performances at Bargemusic! There’ll be new music for Theremin, Haken Continuum and Piano + possible special guests(?) and maybe even more fascinating instruments!
Selections will be announced from the stage.
“I love these 3 instruments! Hence the title Triple Helix…
In addition to originals the show will include selections from A to Z! Arlen to Zemlinsky! This performance may contain:
1. New (and old) Original Compositions and Improvisations for all 3 instruments
2. Theme and variations on standards, classics and soundtracks
3. A Healthy and/or Unhealthy Dose of Mystery
CONCERT MAY CONTAIN:
RODGERS & HART
About Rob Schwimmer
Rob Schwimmer is a composer-pianist, thereminist, vocalist and Continuum player who has performed and recorded throughout the world. His compositions have been featured in theater, television, documentaries and feature films. A founding member of the acclaimed Polygraph Lounge with Bang On A Can’s Mark Stewart, Rob’s recent solo CD “Heart of Hearing” which featured Rob’s original compositions was rated #4 in Slate Magazine’s “Best Jazz of 2019” calling him “…a mesmerizing pianist of astonishing drama, wit, and virtuosity.”
Rob’s trio “Theremin Noir” with Uri Caine and Mark Feldman is celebrating the 20th year of their eponymously titled CD and returning to the concert stage. A founding member and former co-director of The NY Theremin Society, Rob is theremin soloist for Ethan Iverson’s (The Bad Plus) “Pepperland” for The Mark Morris Dance Group. Appearances as theremin soloist include The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor, The Boston Pops, with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall, Simon & Garfunkel’s world tours, The Moab Music Festival, Gotye’s Ondioline Orchestra and The Little Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Rob is featured thereminist on Matthew Barney’s epic movie “Cremaster 3,” Trey Anastasio’s CD “Traveler,” R.W. Goodwin’s feature”Alien Trespass”; CB’ series “Now and Again”; and A&E’s “Breakfast With the Arts”. He performed at Disney Concert Hall with The 10 Piece Theremin Orchestra and was interviewed for CBS Sunday Morning about the resurgence of the theremin.
Rob is a leading player of the Haken Continuum fingerboard and has used it in recording sessions with Paul Simon, Noah Preminger’s album “Zigsaw: The Music of Steve Lampert,”Esperanza Spalding’s 2019 Grammy winning “12 Little Spells” and Trey Anastasio and recently did one of the first full length solo concerts devoted entirely to the Continuum at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Schwimmer performed his own piano version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with orchestra; was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum to write new music for the 50th anniversary showing of the movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”; and, with Polygraph Lounge, has received 2 commissions from Carnegie Hall for full length concerts. He composed the score for the 2008 Academy Award winner “Freeheld.”
Rob Schwimmer has worked with Simon and Garfunkel, Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, Esperanza Spalding, Paul Simon, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Gotye, Mark Morris, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, The Everly Brothers, Christian Marclay, Matthew Barney, Arif Mardin, Adam Guettel, Paul Bley, Noah Preminger, The Boston Pops, Mary Cleere Haran, T-Bone Walker, Sam Rivers, Ethan Iverson, Kat Edmonson, Marc Shaiman, Marc Ribot, Frank London, Gotye’s Ondioline Orchestra, David Krakauer, Maria Schneider, Michel Gondry, Mark Morris Dance Group, Trey Anastasio, The Klezmatics, Bernie Worrell, Jimi Tunnell, Nels Cline, Annette Peacock, Mabou Mines, Geoffrey Holder, 9 Horses, Kelsey Lu, John Cale, Steve Buscemi, Iva Bittova, Theo Bleckmann, John Stubblefield, The Roches, Jack Quartet, Scott Robinson, Edie Brickell, Teo Macero, Hal Willner, Vernon Reid, Ethel, James Emery, Bela Fleck, Kurt Vonnegut, Tamar Muskal, Odetta, Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks, Sussan Deyhim, Joseph Jarman and Alwin Nikolai/ Murray Louis Dance.
“For anyone who thinks the magical properties of 88 keys are pretty well exhausted, Rob Schwimmer’s Heart of Hearing may come as something of a revelation. This is piano music that creates its own field, neither jazz nor classical nor pop, and with a touch of Theremin to boot. The fusion of virtuosity and originality is by turns exhilarating and moving, no less so in his treatment of standards than in his originals, all of it invoking a dazzling clarity of purpose.”— Gary Giddins jazz writer/critic/reviewer
Rob Schwimmer is exclusively represented by Bernstein Artists, Inc. http://www.bernsarts.com