Rob Reich is an acclaimed accordionist, pianist, and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A talented instrumentalist and an inventive composer, Rob is steeped in many traditions.
In addition to being a versatile solo performer, Rob can be heard playing with many top notch ensembles. He is a member of Tin Hat, Gaucho and The Nice Guy Trio, and freelances with many other Bay Area bands.
Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory. As a composer, Rob has strong fundamentals; stylistic breadth; and an original, irreverent voice.
Most recently, he was commisioned by David Herrera Performance Company to produce music for "The Stranger, part 1"; a 40-minute dance performance which was premiered in April 2013
Rob is composer / music director for Circus Bella, and in 2011 released a Kickstarter-funded CD of original music for a 10-piece band.
In 2010, Rob was commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival to compose "Sidewalks and Alleys", performed and recorded on this CD by the Nice Guy Trio and an all-star string quartet.
Rob has written music for various collaborative projects ranging from this tune for a sexy double trapeze act, the score to a beautiful dance film noir, to this silly song about shoes.
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"Whatever context he's in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom."[more]
-Andrew Gilbert, East Bay Express
"Rob continued to approach his keyboards from unexpected angles, the results energetic and full of feeling."[more]
-Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
"Reich is a virtuoso of the accordion."[more]
-Susan Hartman, Dirty Linen Magazine