Rob Clearfield, Joel Ross

Record Release Show!

Rob Clearfield

Joel Ross

Sat, March 3, 2018

8:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Rob Clearfield
Rob Clearfield
Woolgathering Records is proud to announce the release of Wherever You’re Starting From, the fourth album by imaginative and innovative pianist Rob Clearfield. On the Chicago native’s second solo piano endeavor, Clearfield explores his fascination for a compositional approach to improvisation, which is highlighted through the album's distinct and dynamic sonic landscape. "When I was little," says Clearfield, "I used to sit at the piano and press the keys, just to hear what would happen. My parents signed me up for lessons and as I learned to play, I often spent time making stuff up; pressing the keys and seeing what I could come up with. Before I wrote my first song, before I got into jazz, I dreamed of sitting down at the piano and playing a complete song on the spot. No plan, no preconception, just a pure idea with a beginning, middle, and end. My stream-of-consciousness song would have the nuanced development of a meticulously revised composition and the emotional rigor of a deeply personal song, while still overflowing with the immediacy and expressiveness of improvisation. It's still my dream to do that. I'm working on it..."

"In our very noisy world, the music of Rob Clearfield arrives as a kind of balm." -Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune)
Joel Ross
Chicago native Joel Ross is a “bright young vibraphonist on his own rocket-like trajectory.” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times). Joel has performed with many of jazz’s most lauded artists including Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian McBride, Jon Batiste, Gerald Clayton, Louis Hayes, and Herbie Hancock, among others. He is an integral part of fellow Chicago native Marquis Hill’s Blacktet, and is increasingly active as a bandleader and composer. He is currently based in New York City.
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618