Robert Rich is about more than just exhibiting himself on the stage. His many concert appearances are understood as substantial, yet ephemeral experiences in sound. Among the most notable are Rich's numerous appearances in Philadelphia as part of The Gatherings Concert Series. This is a safe place for innovative musicians to explore creativity, and discover what lies inside - the listener and player alike. We now have a permanent treasure to add to the memory of one such concert. The double CD Live at The Gatherings 2015 presents Robert Rich's11 April 2015 performance, an album that will touch your mind, and may even invade your dreams. While Rich focuses on the brainy, metaphysical aspects of his live work, he is always solidly attentive to the more practical issues. Through contour, pacing and tone, he makes buying admission to one of his live events a ticket to a foreign land. In coolly assured advances, forthright flute solos ascend through reverberant chambers, then brood over their own worth. Thrusting percussive rhythms rumble beneath swooning steel guitar solos. Snapping with a seductive skill, drums invigorate the mood, but we find the foreground is commanded by a writhing fuzz lead line - moaning through electrical circuits. Remote synth strings project both fragility and flashes of brilliance. Further down below we encounter tectonically imagined realms of biomorphic abstractions meant to beckon and boggle. Here Rich seems to reach into silence - bringing back something which may glow warmly, or just as easily, feel cold and damp. A mist to the brittle spirit, Robert Rich in concert is an event which celebrates the complexity of the human mind. The transit between quiet cerebral musings and propulsive visceral thrills seems to generate this album's own energy. Like Rich himself, and the music he realizes live, Live at The Gatherings 2015 is authentic. It both belongs to our era, and transcends it. We are the meaning-seeking animals, and Rich, at some great height, is constantly searching within himself for something deeper to express. Passion... is it the friction between the world and the soul? If so, then Robert Rich's concert space is about passion, as well as pleasure. It also acts as an outlet for intellect - and a bit of musical virtuosity. So, while each audience member is entitled to their own personal interpretations, the common connection here is the ability of this experience to connected us to that which is humane, gentle and life-giving - a function which we see slowly receding from the modern life.
Please tune into STAR'S END this weekend for new music from Live at The Gatherings 2015, the forthcoming release from innovative musician Robert Rich
Robert Rich - Interview/Concert Excerpt 11 April 2015
Robert Rich Sleep Concert: Broadcast Live on the 06.04.17 - Midnight-8AM
A Robert Rich Sleep Concert is aimed at the nebulous territory that exists in our minds when we are hovering between awake and asleep, and still aware of our environment - yet detached, as the half-sleeping psyche wanders into the realm of hypnogogic images and dreamlike non-linearity. The music at one of these events may be found to act as a trigger for these flowing thoughts, and the activation of the surrounding environment can help listeners skate around the edges of sleep, with part of us in the dream world, and part in the physical space where we are sleeping.
The Robert Rich Sleep Concert of Sunday 4 June 2017 is not a typical installment of The Gatherings Concert Series. The remarkable location of this one time special event is The Rotunda Sanctuary, in Philadelphia, PA. This space does not offer any conventional seating whatsoever. Each attendee must provide their own reasonable and sensible sleeping apparatus, which will be used to recline or sleep upon. A floor area of approximately 6 feet x 8 feet will be allocated to each attendee, 100 of which will be arranged in a logical order of rows and aisles, allowing for ease of movement throughout the sanctuary space.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the STAR'S END radio program on public radio station WXPN in Philadelphia, the Robert Rich Sleep Concert of Sunday 4 June 2017 will be broadcast in its entirety live throughout a special expanded edition of STAR'S END from Midnight to 8:00AM. Please tune in to STAR'S END for details.
For more on the Robert Rich Sleep Concert of Sunday 4 June 2017, and the 25th Anniversary of The Gatherings Concert Series, please access: www.thegatherings.org
Sound Out: Mike Hunter - May 2017
Fortunately for everyone with access to The Internet, Mike Hunter has decided to share himself with us, as well as with several demanding "in-real-life" activities. Moving along a continuum of creativity, Mike has proven himself to be an accomplished guitarist who has played in a number of bands, as well as a noted Electronic Musician, in pursuit of experiences at the opposite end of the popular music spectrum. His long-lived music project Ombient embraces a fascinating range of styles and situations, with his most recent concentration focusing on Berlin-School Spacemusic. Mike has a substantial career as a technology professional, and is also a dedicated husband and father. He hosts Music with Space, the weekly live radio program on WPRB-FM Princeton, where he airs a stimulating range of electronic and ethereal music releases, and hosts live-to-air in-studio performances.
As technologically deep as he is, there's more to Mike Hunter than just circuits and wiring. Please find more in this month's insightful interview. Please read on...
Please access Sound Out, the May 2017 STAR'S END interview with Mike Hunter
For more about Ombient live in Philadelphia at The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 20 May 2017, please access: www.thegatherings.org
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