Thursday, February 29, 2024

‘Theremin master’ to perform March 10 in Saranac

Musician Rob Schwimmer

Hill and Hollow Music is pleased to announce that musician Rob Schwimmer is set to perform a solo concert on piano, theremin and Haken Continuum on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Saranac Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac, New York.  The program includes works by Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Strayhorn, and the Beatles plus original compositions and improvisations for all three instruments; theme and variations on standards, classics and movie soundtracks—overall, a healthy dose of mystery.

General admission at the door is $20; seniors and students $15; children under 12 are admitted for free (must be accompanied by an adult); family rate available.  Current public health guidelines are followed. For further information, call (518) 293-7613, e-mail ambrown.hillholl@gmail.com, or visit hillandhollowmusic.org

About the Artist:

Rob Schwimmer inhabits the same universe as the elusive Triple Helix—one that doesn’t exist except for his own invention. He is the master of his own musical kingdom where he, playing solo, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin (on which he’s considered to be one of the world masters) and Haken Continuum—a rarely heard combination which allows him to bring audiences to beautiful and mysterious new sonic territory and perhaps find new or re-connect with forgotten feelings.

Says Schwimmer: “What I love about the piano is obvious—it’s an orchestra at your fingertips! The great thing about the theremin is that it gives you expressive phrasing! That means I can hold notes forever (don’t worry; I won’t), bend notes, add vibrato, and think about phrasing more like a singer than the piano allows. The Haken Continuum also feels like playing an acoustic instrument because of its incredible response to even the lightest touch; it’s so hi-tech that the tech ceases to exist.’ The Haken Continuum has that expressiveness akin to the theremin, but adds polyphony and harmony into the musical equation—it’s a huge step forward in the evolution of electronic instruments.

Musician Rob Schwimmer

A veteran player who has worked with beloved legends like Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, Wayne Shorter, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as celebrated young contemporary artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Gotye, Schwimmer leads us on an organic and musically rich journey from the pensive to the thrilling, with many musical ports of call in between.

Schwimmer’s recent album “Heart of Hearing,” named one of the “Best Jazz Albums of 2019” by Fred Kaplan (Slate), presents a suite of solo piano pieces showcasing his dynamic mastery of the instrument. Schwimmer’s original compositions and his unique take on the Great American Songbook (through jazz, Americana, and fascinating movie soundtracks) leads the listener on a multi-faceted musical adventure through the avant-garde, classical music, and the unclassifiable.

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