accordionist, pianist, composer
I'm excited to play at the Presidio Sessions with Ila Cantor's new project "Encanto", featuring Ben Goldberg, Hamir Atwal, and John Wiitala.
Friday 5/28 6pm
Presidio Officers Club, SF
Rob's debut album of original music, "Shadowbox" has been released on BAG Production Records.
"Rob Reich has carved out a niche as a premier avant-roots voice." ... "Like a funhouse mirror, the merriment is refracted in odd, distorting ways, as the band keep the tones sharp and slightly askew. Like the best carnival attractions, it scares you just enough to make you want to visit it again." ... "Some tracks suggest the romantic world of film music, like Nino Rota writing for a small jazz group." - JAZZIZ Magazine July 2015
"An elegant quintet date that moves effortlessly between post-bop, jazz Manouche, and chamber-rock" - Peter Margasak, Downbeat Magazine May 2015
Shadowbox contains "a stylistically varied suite of tunes that gracefully integrate improvisation and nuanced arrangements". - Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle April 2015
Listen to my recent interview / live performance on KQED's Forum: click here
Listen to Andy Gilbert's review of Shadowbox on The California Report: click here
Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of its stalwart underground artists. His music defies genre, combining strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation. He is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella.
"Rob's music is just like he is: guileless, thoughtful, playful and charming. His music wears a bowler hat and a pair of Chuck Taylors." - Carla Kihlstedt
"A master of succinct revelation, of vaporous extremes that get right to the heart, of plainspoken abandon." - Ben Goldberg
"Whatever context he's in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom." -Andy Gilbert, East Bay Express
Rob Reich grew up in Long Island, New York, studying piano from age three. After graduating with a degree in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he discovered the accordion, now his primary instrument.
Reich’s music defies genre. His music combines strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation. He has written songs for Tin Hat based on the poetry of e.e. cummings, music for contortionists and trapeze artists with Circus Bella, as well as new repertoire for his own ensembles, the Rob Reich Trio and the Rob Reich Quintet.
His accompaniment skills often finds him performing live soundtrack to silent films. In 2013, he was commissioned to compose and produce a score for “The Stranger: Part 1”, a full length modern dance piece by David Herrera Performance Company. In 2011, he was commissioned by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival to compose “Sidewalks and Alleys” for a seven piece chamber ensemble.
Reich performs with the acclaimed groups Tin Hat, Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, Ben Goldberg School, Gaucho, Nice Guy Trio, and Prez Kids, and has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Tampare Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, Switchboard Festival; and at San Francisco venues including Herbst Theater, Yoshi’s, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Red Poppy; and at NYC venues including Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and Barbes.