Rob Schwimmer "Alternate Universe" for Piano and Theremin @Bargemusic Oct 6. 8PM Brooklyn

Posted: 9/30/2016 12:57:56 PM

From: Brooklyn

Joined: 8/15/2009

  Solo Concert
Piano & Theremin
Thursday October 6th — 8:00 PM
Fulton Ferry Landing
Brooklyn, NY
Subway: A, C to High St; F to York St
 Rob Schwimmer is back with a new evening of originals, standards and the unexpected for piano and theremin! 
"Exquisitely beautiful music" Keyboard                                                                                                                                                                                                 "With Schwimmer, more is more" Jazziz                                                                                                                              "Dancing easily between both (classical and jazz) worlds" The New York Times
"Meaningful, intelligent and evocative music" Paul Simon
"Substantial artistry...An original compelling voice" Time Out New York
"Brainy and dreamy" San Diego News
"Theremin master" The New York Times
"Fantastic! In every way--writing, playing and  pianistically. Dynamically. Lyrically. I could go on... Congratulations, you're killin ', man!"  Michael Brecker
"Utterly unique...Virtuoso in the extreme...One of a kind...Such great surprises!  The structures are so thoughtful and complete...I couldn't wait to hear the next track...The most imaginative version of Stormy Weather I've ever heard...The world deserves to hear you! 
Leonid Hambro
"Astounding. Extraordinary. Other Worldly (Hence the title?) Those Hands...That Brain! Passion and Intellect in equal measure." 
Vernon Reid
"Rob Schwimmer uses the piano like a French impressionist painter uses a brush…           
painting scenery, mood and atmosphere taking me to strange and beautiful places.   This music is incredible, very original, takes great chances and I've never heard anything quite like it before--I love it! He is a true artist." 
Geoffrey Holder
 "It's brilliant. Holding You In My Arms is gorgeous." Adam Guettel
"I was really impressed--Great playing and superior sound.  You sound wonderful, really.  Fred Hersch
Wow! Great CD!  All the pieces are all beautiful... so many great compositions... you're amazing... very evocative lovely music~congrats!  and thank you!!!!!" Maria Schneider
"Really enjoyable and quite impressive... an incredible musician and a fantastic theremin player!" Elliott Sharp
Rob Schwimmer (Polygraph Lounge/ The NY Theremin Society) is a composer-pianist/keyboardist, thereminist, vocalist and Continuum player who has performed and recorded throughout the world. The New York Times praises Rob for his "Virtuosity, magic, and humor." He has worked with Simon and Garfunkel,Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gotye, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, Queen Latifah, Arif Mardin, Adam Guettel, Mary Cleere Haran, T-Bone Walker, Sam Rivers, Marc Shaiman, The Klezmatics, Christian Marclay, Matthew Barney, David Krakauer, Ang Lee, Maria Schneider, Michel Gondry, Trey Anastasio, Bernie Worrell, Nels Cline, Annette Peacock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marshall Brickman, Karen Black, Larry Campbell, Josh Groban, Mabou Mines, Geoffrey Holder, John Cale, Steve Buscemi, Theo Bleckmann, John Stubblefield, Burt Bacharach, Scott Robinson, The Roches, Edie Brickell, Teo Macero, A-ha, Hal Willner, Vernon Reid, The Everly Brothers, Ethel, James Emery, Bela Fleck, Lenny Kaye, Kurt Vonnegut, Anjani Thomas, Odetta, Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks, Sussan Deyhim, Bernie Worrell, producer John Simon, Joseph Jarman, Alwin Nikolai/ Murray Louis Dance Company, Marc Ribot, Frank London, C&C Music Factory and Sammy Davis Jr. among others.
Working as a solo artist and as a founding member of the highly acclaimed Polygraph Lounge duo with  multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Bang On A Can Allstars/Paul Simon) Rob's solo piano playing on his CD "Beyond The Sky" has been widely lauded in both classical and jazz publications: Hailed as "Extraordinary" in Gramophone and "Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year" in The NYC Jazz Record while The New York Times praised his "…machine-gun speed and clarity." Schwimmer also recently performed his own version of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue with orchestra. Rob was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum last season to write new music for the 50th anniversary showing of the movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which he performed live with trio.  This year The Metropolitan Museum will feature Rob’s new jazz quartet score for “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Schwimmer is also one of the few pianists chosen for silent movie accompaniment at The Museum of Modern Art.
He composed the score for Cynthia Wade's 2008 Academy Award winner "Freeheld" in the Documentary Short category as well as David Frankel's Oscar winner "Dear Diary" for Dreamworks (their first Oscar) in the Live Action Short in 1997. Rob's compositions have been featured in theater, television series and movies, silent films, documentaries and feature films as well as Rob's continuing series of solo concerts.  
Rob is one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world and was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox News, the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC, the popular PBS series "History Detectives," and Al Jazeera America TV as well as in The NY Times and Wall St Journal. He is a founding member and co-director of The NY Theremin Society. His appearances as theremin soloist include The Orchestra of St. Luke's at Caramoor (which included Rob's theremin arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's "Scene d'Amour" from Vertigo,) The Little Orchestra at Lincoln Center, with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall and Simon & Garfunkel's world tours (including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show at Madison Square Garden) where he also played keyboards and sang. In addition to his CD Theremin Noir (with Uri Caine and Mark Feldman,) Rob has performed as featured thereminist on Trey Anastasio's latest album Traveler, Matthew Barney’s epic movie Cremaster 3, the 2009 R.W. Goodwin feature Alien Trespass, CBS television series Now  and Again and A&E's Breakfast With the Arts. He was chosen to perform at a sold out concert in the Disney Concert Hall (LA) as part of legendary The 10 Piece Theremin Orchestra. Rob was recently interviewed by Faith Salie (Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me) for CBS Sunday Morning and The NY Theremin Society concert was filmed as part of the same segment about the resurgence of the theremin. Schwimmer premiered a new silent movie soundtrack (The Fall of the House of Usher--1928) featuring live theremin at The NY Theremin Society's recent residency at Bucknell University and given its NYC premiere at The Tribeca New Music Festival.
Rob has also added the incredible new instrument the Haken Continuum to his musical arsenal. Recent recording sessions on Continuum include Paul Simon and Trey Anastasio.
He has performed at venues all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd St. Y, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Tokyo Dome, Madison Square Garden, The Blue Note, CBGB’s and the Colosseum (Rome) before a crowd of over 600,000. Schwimmer's work can be heard on CBS/Sony, Warner Brothers, Toshiba/ EMI, Def Jam/ Island, Manhattan/Blue Note, Dorian, NHK, Capricorn, Evidence, Knitting Factory, Polystar, Traditional Crossroads, Dreamworks SKG, Universal Pictures, TriStar Pictures,  HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, CBS,  NBC, ABC, Discovery, Lifetime, Noggin, A&E, NPR and Nickelodeon.
Rob Schwimmer is exclusively represented by Bernstein Artists, Inc.


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