Rob Schwimmer's latest touring program, Heart of Hearing, includes stunning originals, his unique take on the Great American Songbook (through jazz, Americana, and fascinating movie soundtracks), avant-garde, classical, and the unclassifiable.
Schwimmer boasts a unique instrumental triple threat: piano, theremin (one of the first electronic instruments and the only instrument you play without touching, on which Schwimmer is considered to be one of the world's masters), and an amazing new instrument called the Haken Continuum, which raises electronic expression into the realm of the immediacy and depth of acoustic instruments. Heart of Hearing is a deeply artistic and enjoyable journey of musical discovery and adventure.
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.
"Virtuosity, magic and humor."
The New York Times
"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."
"I was bowled over by Rob’s musical prowess. People use the word “humbled” a bit too often for my taste, but that is what I felt: humbled. Rob is a master of the 88s — and a fine composer... a breathtaking musician."
Steven Blier, New York Festival of Song
Audio: Rob Schwimmer "Lost In The Stars"
Audio: Rob Schwimmer "My Funny Valentine" Live on NPR Song Travels with Michael Feinstein
Audio: Rob Schwimmer "Träume" on NPR Song Travels with Michael Feinstein
"Rob is that rare combination of superb, creative, exciting and impeccable musicianship. He is a fine talent and vastly entertaining, combining eclectic musical styles and bringing the Theremin well into the 21st Century. There is no one like him."
Michael Feinstein, NPR Song Travels
"Exquisitely beautiful music, worthy of deep listening."
“Forget Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. I’m talking Strauss, Mahler and Schwimmer.”
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