Greetings, friends; this is an early reminder that the incomparable David Thomas Roberts will be returning for another fantastic concert on the 30th of May @ 2 p.m.! Jack Rummel refers to him as "A multi-faceted genius... one of the 20th century's outstanding young composers--", with over 200 compositions including the classic Roberto Clemente, Through the Bottomlands, The Family Lines System, and many others.
The following pieces which will definitely be on the program: Nancy's Library, Washington County Breakdown, The Window, sections of the Suite MAP DREAMS, Mississippi Brown Eyes, Intermezzo No. 1, The Threshold, Maria Antonieta Pons, and Roberto Clemente.
Our usual concert format is: the first half of the concert, an intermission with my SKUNK HOLLOW VICTORIAN GARDENS wine featuring DAVID THOMAS ROBERTS on the label and various nibbles, followed by the second half of the concert. We finish the evening with our traditional pot luck dinner; bring a favorite dish to share and I keep pouring the wine. If you choose, you can purchase a bottle for David to autograph as a memento of the wonderful concert!
Early purchase is $20, and $25 at the door. Call or email me for reservations; 209-267-8193 or email@example.com. Hope to see you here!
Dave Thomas Roberts Bio
I am above all a Romantic artist. Not only have my musical heroes been Romantic, but the tenets of Romanticism –– faith in the imagination as turnstile to transcendence and preference for the subjective, the non-rational and the mysterious –– are central to my practice. Among recordings, Discovery is the clearest testament to my Romantic core as well as the one most indicative of the breadth of my interests as composer and pianist.
Whether I'm combining the influence of Schubert with reminders of cowboy songs ('Mariana's Waltz'), pursuing departures from the world of Liszt and Wagner ('Chorale-Prelude,' 'Chorale No. 2') or ushering Mediterranean elements and reminiscences of jazz pioneer Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton into the same salon ('Cynthia'), all is at the service of the same Romantic intention.
Imaginative relationships with places are at the heart of much of my work. Referring to myself as a 'terrain wrangler' and a 'topographical rowdy bent upon revelation-through-landscape,' I entertain intrigue with lands from the Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains to the North woods to the Upper Midwest; from the Piney Woods of southern Mississippi and Alabama to the Intermountain West, and from the northern Great Plains to central and southern Appalachia. Landscape is the dependable home of my imagination.
"A multi-faceted genius... one of the 20th century's outstanding young composers--"~ Jack Rummel, The Rag Times
"David Thomas Roberts brings a very special voice to American music -- as composer, as pianist, as historian and critic. I have long valued his work in all its various facets..."~ Joshua Rifkin
"David Thomas Roberts' playing gets deeper, more profound ... as time progresses--"~ George Winston
"David Thomas Roberts is the most important composer of this half-century in America--"~ Al Rose, Author of I Remember Jazz
"Our foremost composer of contemporary ragtime--"~ Trebor Tichenor, Co-author of Rags and Ragtime
"In other words, David Thomas Roberts is a remarkable and gifted man, and it's always a pleasure to attend a concert by someone in that category--"~ Jeff Hudson, The Register -- Pajaronian, Watsonville, California