Robert is a composer living in Brooklyn, NY. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Fast Forward Austin music festival. Send me emails at rhonstein@gmail.com !

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RE: you – Album Release!

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Super excited to announce that my album RE: you is set to drop on New Focus Recordings. Coming your way digitally on 5/6 and physically on 5/27, the album is a set of wordless songs based on titles from a collection of found emails. Recorded and produced by Ryan Streber, the album features incredible performances by an all-star cast of characters: Concert Black (Owen Weaver, Lisa Dowling, Domenica Fossati), Karl Larson, Mariel Roberts, Tema Watstein, Derek Johnson and Alejandro Acierto.

My long time friend, writer, filmmaker and real-life recipient of these emails wrote a really beautiful liner note, and the amazing Laura Grey did the album artwork and design. I think their words and images express what this album is far more eloquently than my rambling prose, so check out the digital booklet here and see what it’s all about!

You can pick up the disc and hear all of this music Tuesday, May 6 at Roulette on the Ear Heart Music Series. Double Bill with the incredible Mivos Quartet. SOUNDS LIKE FUN!

In the mean time here’s a little preview track:

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‘I know the feeling…’

(Alejandro Acierto, Clarinet, Derek Johnson, Guitar, Mariel Roberts, Cello, Lisa Dowling, Bass, Karl Larson, Piano, Owen Weaver, percussion)

Clefworks, Del Sol

Excited to announce I’ve been selected as the winner of the Clefworks Composition Competition. The Del Sol String Quartet will perform my string quartet Arctic in Montgomery, AL and the kind folks at Clefworks are bringing me down for the weekend. I’m really looking forward to working with Del Sol and I’m also pretty psyched about escaping this for a bit.

DMA Recital Video!

I’ve posted video from my DMA recital. Excellent performances from Lisa Dowling, Concert Black, TIGUE, Karl Larson, Mariel Roberts, and Tema Watstein. It was so wonderful to have had such great friends and musicians together in one place. I felt very lucky. And, of course, they all sounded amazing.

Index session with TIGUE

tigue session

TIGUE went into the recording studio to lay down ‘An Index of Possibility’. We had a great time with Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio. It’s sounding amazing. I love working in the studio. So fun to break down a piece and hear it anew in a studio setting. Stay tuned for details about a future release!

In the meantime checkout video from my Yale DMA recital with TIGUE playing the crap out of the piece. They play with incredible energy and focus. It’s pretty fun to watch:

Night Scenes Preview

This just in, a promo video for my upcoming Italian Academy show with the Sebastians. Thanks to Nick Buoninontri for making me sound reasonably articulate!

 

Italian Academy

So excited to finally announce the return of the Vivaldi Project! On November 13, at 700PM the Sebastians will present the entire Night Scenes at the Ospedale alongside four concerti from Vivaldi’s L’estro armonico. The program will be at the beautiful Italian Academy at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City. More details here.

In the mean time read all about the Vivaldi Project here, and check out this lovely review of a recent Sebastian concert here.

Carnegie + MIVOS = Rad

Super psyched to be a part of the upcoming Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with David Lang and Claire Chase. I’ll be writing a new string quartet for MIVOS. Premiere on November 20 at Zankel. Can’t wait!

Indexed

TIGUE killed it at the JACK space where they premiered my new percussion trio An Index of Possibility. Check it out.

Music Alive

Very excited to announce that Sleeping Giant will be in residence with the Albany Symphony as part of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestra’s Music Alive Residency program. Over two seasons we will write new works, experiment with programming, and develop outreach ideas. Stay tuned!

Weerkplats

I recently got back from Chicago where I collaborated with Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince, and High Concept Laboratories to workshop my opera/oratorio/cantata/whatever in progress, My Heart Iz Open. Working with lighting, projections, and staging on top of all the music stuff was really really fun. It kind of brought me back to my high school theater days and reminded me just how awesome it can be to put together a show. My Heart Iz Open is far from done, but check out the piece page for video and audio from the Chicago performance.

A blogger had some nice words to say about the production too.