March 11, 2008

Rob Schwimmer

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Gallery Series of performing art and experimental music continues with a performance by Rob Schwimmer on Tuesday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.

The concert will feature primarily original piano compositions as well as some Great American Songbook standards, with selections announced from the stage. A highlight of the evening's program is a rare performance on the theremin, an early electronic instrument that sounds like a soprano and is played by moving one's hands in the air without touching anything. Schwimmer will demonstrate and explain the instrument as well as perform on it.

The program will draw on Schwimmer's recent CD, the highly acclaimed "Beyond The Sky," which is "Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year" according to All About Jazz--New York.

Composer, pianist, thereminist
One of the founders of the legendary Polygraph Lounge, Schwimmer is a composer-pianist and thereminist who has performed and recorded throughout the world. His work has been described as " ... a brilliant meld of musical discipline, sensuality, technical acumen, and freedom."
He played keyboards, theremin and sang for Simon and Garfunkel's "Old Friends" North American and European tours (2003-04) and appeared in their CD/DVD "Old Friends: Live On Stage." He has worked with numerous popular musicians including Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, Queen Latifah, Adam Guettel, Vernon Reid, The Everly Brothers, Burt Bacharach, Odetta, Sammy Davis Jr., Arif Mardin, and The Klezmatics as well as world-musicians Gamelan-Son Of Lion and Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks.
Academy Award-winning music
His compositions have been featured in theater, television series, movies, documentaries and feature films including the 2008 Academy Award Documentary Short winner "Freeheld" (composer) and "Dear Diary," winner of the 1997 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film (additional music).

Schwimmer's appearances as featured soloist with orchestras include The Little Orchestra (Lincoln Center); the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (Yale); and Red, An Orchestra (Cleveland.) He has played venues all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd St. Y, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Madison Square Garden, The Blue Note, CBGB's and the Colosseum (Rome) before a crowd of more than 600,000.

For more information about Schwimmer, visit

The performance, which is free to the public, is funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.

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Posted March 11, 2008