Pianist and theremin virtuoso Rob Schwimmer's new touring program and upcoming album, Heart of Hearing, includes stunning originals paired with his unique take on the Great American Songbook through jazz, Americana, and Bernard Herrmann's iconic "Scene d'Amour" from Hitchcock's Vertigo.
A veteran player, Schwimmer 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 boasts a unique instrumental triple threat: piano, theremin (represented by a stunning and haunting take on Kurt Weill's "Lost In The Stars" as an elegy to a departed friend), and an amazing new instrument called the Haken Continuum, which raises electronic expression into the realm of the immediacy and depth of what has previously been the domain of only acoustic instruments.
Writes Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus in his liner notes for the album: "Schwimmer is a strikingly advanced polymath, a wizard on multiple instruments... assorted esoterica combine in Rob's subconscious for an unprecedented presentation."
Schwimmer will be including selections from Heart of Hearing in an upcoming concert at U of Vermont.
Watch Rob Schwimmer perform a striking rendition of "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning"
UVM Lane Series:
ROB SCHWIMMER: theremin, piano, Haken Continuum
Date and Time: Friday, January 26, 7:30pm
Venue: UVM Recital Hall
Address: 384 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05405