LIGHT and SOUND Presents-
The UNUSUAL UNIVERSE of ROB SCHWIMMER
presenting solo works on
THEREMIN, PIANO and CONTINUUM
with guest instrumentalists
Friday March 15th at 8pm Sunday March 17th at 3pm
Community Concert Sunday March 17th at 2:00 pm
The Old Stone House of Brooklyn
Rob Schwimmer ~
is an internationally known Composer, Pianist, Theremin and Continuum player. As a founding member of the highly acclaimed Polygraph Lounge he performs regularly with his duo partner, multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart, of Bang On A Can All Stars. Rob is one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world. As an original member of The NY Theremin Society he has appeared as soloist with The Orchestra of St. Lukes at the prestigious Caramoor Festival and The Little Orchestrahere in NY at Lincoln Center. R ecently he introduced the listening public to an incredible instrument not often heard called the Haken Continuum Fingerboard which he performed recently at Bargemusic’s ‘Here and Now’ Festival. His Piano works include a solo CD, “Beyond The Sky” hailed as “Extraordinary” (Gramophone Magazine) and “the finest solo piano CD of the year”(All About Jazz-NY.) Having performed with diverse artists ranging from Simon and Garfunkel, Bobby McFerran, to John Cale, Laurie Anderson and Ethel, Rob continues to melt the boundaries between rock, classical and jazz music. A true innovator and seasoned performer he comes toLight and Sound to present a cross section of his musical travels-sharing his piano, theremin and the almost unknown Continuum with The Old Stone House of Brooklyn audiences.
Substantial artistry…An original compelling voice”-Time Out New York
Astounding. Extraordinary. Other Worldly (Hence the title?) Those Hands…That Brain! Passion and Intellect in equal measure.”- Vernon Reid
Rob Schwimmer will perform his original music for Piano, Theremin, and the rarely heard Continuum as well as selected composers. The program will include excerpts from his solo piano CD, “Beyond The Sky”, hailed as “Extraordinary” (Gramophone) and as “Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year” (All About Jazz-NY.) Melting elements of classical, jazz and rock effortlessly, Rob will present a program where these influences learn to live within the other.
About the Program…..in Rob’s Words….
I’ll be playing from a repertoire developed over many years of playing in settings that may be considered diametrically opposed such as Carnegie Hall, CBGB’s, The Tokyo Dome, The Blue Note, playing for strippers at truckers conventions, etc…Nevertheless, acting in the capacity of a filter I think the pieces of music present themselves with a good sense of continuity… at least one might say that if you know my personality beforehand. As most don’t- I’ll do my best to guide you through the narrows of my outlook on life and music.
On the piano, I will perform both original pieces as well as composed and both written and improvised. Often it’s a combination of both. I embrace the outlook that, anything may happen- at any time (so be forewarned…) I do not actively try to “make anything happen” but often, it does. I believe in spontaneity after much preparation…
New ways of looking at things are always of interest to me. Finding beauty in unusual places…
I will also be playing the THEREMIN an electronic instrument invented in 1920 which is played without touching it. It is a very challenging instrument to play well… yet, has a somewhat acoustic feel because it reacts immediately to your movement with nothing between you and the instrument. I am co-director of The NY Theremin Society. A group dedicated to the promotion of the theremin via concert series with different players and styles. If you have any questions we can talk about it…
The CONTINUUM is a brand new amazing leap in expressive instrument technology. A polyphonic touch surface of exquisite sensitivity! You’ll hear… and see!
together… Repertoire will be announced from the stage.