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Northampton Arts Trust

A World of Piano: Rob Schwimmer

Rob Schwimmer (piano)

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A World of Piano: Rob Schwimmer
A World of Piano: Rob Schwimmer

Time & Location

Feb 25, 2024, 4:00 PM

Northampton Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

About The Event

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 alone, 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/harmony into the musical equation-It’s a huge step forward in the evolution of electronic instruments.

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.

"Extraordinary... lyrical, harmonically ravishing... entertaining and virtuoso... Schwimmer doesn't hide his thousand and one influences, yet he's never a slave to them, by virtue of his innate musicality and fertile, inventive mind." -Gramophone

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