Have you ever wondered what a virtuoso thereminist dreams about? Here’s your chance to find out!
Rob Schwimmer is a composer-pianist/keyboardist, thereminist, vocalist and Continuum player who has performed and recorded throughout the world. 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.” Schwimmer also recently performed his own version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with orchestra.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and instrument designer Mark Stewart has been heard around the world performing old and new music. Since 1998 he has recorded, toured and been Musical Director with Paul Simon. A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mark is also a member of Steve Reich and Musicians, and the comic duo Polygraph Lounge with keyboard & theremin wizard Rob Schwimmer. He has also worked with the choreographers Eliot Feld, Susan Marshall, & Yoshiko Chuma and has worked extensively with composer Elliot Goldenthal on music for the feature films The Tempest, Across the Universe, Titus, The Butcher Boy, The Good Thief, In Dreams and Heat, often playing instruments of his own design and construction. His New York Lower East Side “lab” is home to an instrument workshop and sonic salon where traditional and new instruments cohabitate.
Equally at home on the opera stage, in the concert hall and in clubs, soprano Melissa Fathman has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Caramoor, The Joyce Theater, Joe’s Pub, The Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage as part of the Creative Time series, Galapagos, Sheldon Concert Hall, The Aspen Music Festival, The Banff Centre, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Melissa’s strong interest and commitment to the music of our time has led to collaborations with the electronic improvisational group First Avenue and composers Gunther Schuller, Anthony Braxton, Giles Swain, John Duffy, Bruce Adolphe and Mihoko Suzuki, directors Colin Graham and Rhoda Levine, and innovative performance artists Ann Carlson and Lee Nagrin.