accordionist, pianist, composer
Rob's debut album of original music, "Shadowbox" is set to be released April 7th on BAG Production Records.
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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.
"Whatever context he's in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom." -Andy Gilbert, East Bay Express
"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
I'm in the middle of an incredible two-week stay at the Banff Centre. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, the environment is so inspiring for devoting time to music; each day is filled with practicing, composing, and developing music for my trio with Emily Asher and Tom Abbott, Endangered Species.
When I joined Tin Hat in 2010, the band had already been together for over a decade and released six albums. It was a legacy that I was honored to be a part of. Alas, the time has come to put an end to this chapter of the band. As Carla Kihlstedt says:
"Even with all of our new space-time-continuum-defying technologies, the great geographic divide has been hard for us to overcome. We still have a list of special projects and recordings that we want to do, so we’re saving our collective energies for those, and we’re setting aside the old band-makes-record-and-tours model. Actually, we set it aside a little while ago. Now we’re just making it official."
So, come out and celebrate our last shows with us!
March 12, 8pm - The Loft, San Diego
March 13, 8pm - McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica
March 14, 6:30pm - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
March 15, 4pm - Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station
NYC-based Trumpeter Bria Skonberg is coming to California for a short tour, and I'm honored to be a part of her band. The Wall Street Journal says Bria is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."
Mark your calendars for what promises to be a special evening at the Red Poppy: the release concert for "Shadowbox", my long-awaited debut CD of original music.
April 11, 7:30pm - Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco
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.
"Whatever context he's in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom.” - Andy Gilbert, East Bay Express.
"Rob continued to approach his keyboards from unexpected angles, the results energetic and full of feeling.” -Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
"Reich is a virtuoso of the accordion.” -Susan Hartman, Dirty Linen Magazine