About

Robert is a composer living in Boston, MA. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Times Two Series. Send me emails at rhonstein@gmail.com !

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Events Calendar

  • Th 11.9.17: DDB @ PASIC
  • Th 11.9.17: Economy @ PASIC
  • Sa 11.18.17: Ash @ The Egg
  • Fr 12.8.17: Economy @ Chicago
  • Fr 1.19.18: Soul House @ Seattle
  • Sa 1.20.18: SH @ Portland
  • Su 1.21.18: SH @ Eugene
  • Tu 1.23.18: SH @ San Fran
  • Sa 1.27.18: SH @ San Diego
  • Th 2.8.18: SH @ TSU
  • Th 2.22.18: Ash @ Strathmore
  • Mo 2.26.18: TIC @ MEE
  • Mo 3.5.18: TIC @ MEE
  • Mo 3.26.18: SH @ Cleveland
  • We 3.28.18: SH @ Elyria
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Hymning, the video!

Thank you to Michael Burritt and Four/Ten media for this beautiful video of ‘Hymning’. For more info about the piece click here. Enjoy!

Alone Together, the video!

Thrilled to share this video of Alone Together featuring not one but FOUR Lisa Dowlings, produced and filmed by Evan Chapman and Four/Ten Media with audio by Ryan Streber and Oktaven Audio. Thank you to icareifyoulisten.com for premiering it!

Grand Tour, the video!

I am so happy to share this video of Grand Tour performed by the inimitable Karl Larson and beautifully shot by Evan Chapman and Four Ten Media. Thank you so much to WQXR and Q2 Music for premiering the video.

Patter, the video!

I am so happy to share this video of Patter performed by New Morse Code and beautifully shot by Kevin Eikenberg of Four Ten Media. Thank you so much to Vic Firth for posting the video!

Hand Eye, the album

Photo by Elliot Mandel

Photo by Elliot Mandel

I’m very excited to report that Hand Eye, the evening length piece by Sleeping Giant for eighth blackbird, is being released April 8 on Cedille Records. Read all about it here, and click here to get a free download of a preview track, which happens to be the third movement from my piece Conduit. Currently touring around the country to rave reviews, this project has been epic and wonderful. I’m really proud to be a part of it and thrilled that it will soon be available for all to enjoy!

Orison, live recording

A wonderful recording of the world premiere of my piece Orison for cello and electronics is now available. Composed for Ashley Bathgate as part of Sleeping Giant’s Ash, the piece is a slow, meditation on the memory, and resonance, of the  Sarabandes in Bach’s cello suites. It’s also my first foray into the instrument + electronics genre. Ashley sounds amazing. Read more about the piece here and give it a listen below.

Arctic, the video!

Hey, new video of the Mivos Quartet recording Arctic! Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and composed for Mivos in 2013, the piece is in two movements – Midnight Sun and Polar Night – and inspired by the photography of Chris McCaw. I’m so happy to finally be able to share this piece with you. Read more about it here, and enjoy the video below!

Lip Service, the video!

This one has been a long time in the making, but I’m extremely proud to finally release the video of Concert Black performing ‘Lip Service.’ One of my longest and strongest collaborations, I’ve been working on this jam with Owen, Lisa and Domenica since 2011. Perhaps more than any other piece of mine I feel like this music totally embodies the personalities of those three, and they totally embody the character of the music, so it’s particularly cool to have this amazing documentation of them rocking it. Evan Chapman once again brings his incredible eye and ear to the project, creating a beautiful and captivating video of Concert Black’s performance. Enjoy!

Talking in Circles, the video!

Very excited to share this awesome new performance video by andPlay and Evan Chapman! Click here to learn more about the piece. Tell all your friends!

Olmsted

Violin and Piano – 20 minutes

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Begun as a response to Beethoven’s first Violin Sonata, Olmsted is at best loosely related to its source. When tasked with responding to the Beethoven I considered more direct, tangible connections, but ultimately felt compelled to toss Ludwig aside and write my own Sonata instead. There are oblique echoes – a whiff of D major persists, small surface details (the four note motive in the third movement, Long Meadow), perhaps the rather Beethovenian obsession with pushing short motives to their musical extremes – but I would say the parallels stop there. The title Olmsted refers to the great American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. It occurred to me that my entire life has been spent in close proximity to Olmsted parks. This isn’t particularly remarkable given how many iconic public spaces he left behind, but it nonetheless struck me as noteworthy, if not significant.  With this in my mind each movement of my piece refers to a different park. Unfolding like short vignettes, these movements are a collection of fleeting moments from the past. The bright and ebullient first movement, Jamaica Pond, is part of the Emerald Necklace, a string of seven parks gracefully strung through several Boston neighborhoods. The slow, lyrical second movement, The Ramble, is a wooded area of Central Park, full of winding, semi-obscured paths, specifically designed for getting lost, deliberately obscuring the surrounding city. Long Meadow, the playful third movement, is part of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, a vast lawn where kids play and families picnic, a popular spot for winter sledding and summer games. Finally, World’s End is an unfinished project just south of Boston. Preserved as it was left over a hundred years ago, the park is quiet and beautiful, the footprints of a grand design clearly visible beneath the empty meadows and elegant carriage paths. There is a special poetry to these spaces with their winding paths, carefully designed vistas, and perfectly calibrated balance of natural and man-made landscapes. It’s no surprise that in spite of a lifetime of experience – from the mundane to the transformative – they still surprise and delight.

Olmsted was commissioned by Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon and premiered October 5, 2017 by Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon at Moeser Auditorium, UNC Chapel Hill, Durham, NC.