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Piano on Park - Rob Schwimmer & Jay Anderson - Apr 26, 2017
Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 7:30 PM
Rob Schwimmer & Jay Anderson
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: DEEP IN CONVERSATION
Two master musicians continue their musical dialog which began in the late 1980’s. Now older (and hopefully wiser) Rob Schwimmer (piano) and Jay Anderson (bass) commence their tête-à-tête vis-à-vis new and older (as of yet unresolved) musical points and counterpoint(s).
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."
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."
Rob is one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world and was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC, Fox News, the popular PBS series "History Detectives," and Al Jazeera America TV as well as in The NY Times and Wall St Journal.
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. Rob recently gave the world premiere of Martinu's Fantasty for Theremin or Ondes Martenot, Oboe, Piano, and String Quartet on the Haken Continuum at The Moab Music Festical in Utah.
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.
Bassist/composer Jay Anderson is among the most versatile and respected jazz artists performing today. He has performed/recorded with a wide range of jazz artists including Woody Herman, Carmen McRae, Michael Brecker, Paul Bley, Bob Mintzer, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Joe Sample, Maria Schneider, Stanley Cowell, John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Vic Juris, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, Mike Stern, Anat Cohen, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Wheeler, Jay Clayton and non-jazz artists like Oswaldo Golijov, Dawn Upshaw, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, Robert Spano (Atlanta Symphony), Michael Franks, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Terre Roche, Chaka Khan, Michel Legrand, Allen Ginsberg, and Celine Dion. He has been featured on over 400 recordings, seven of which have received the Grammy Award . He has conducted clinics around the world and is a Professor of Jazz Bass Studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Jay currently co-leads the critically acclaimed group BANN featuring Seamus Blake, Oz Noy and Adam Nussbaum.