A crowd of friends and neighbors has gathered on one of the longest nights of the year. All is warm and cozy inside, while the cold winter wind blows just outside the door. The clatter of wine glasses and mugs filled to the brim with hot cider gives way to silence. And from that radiant silence emerges a song.
For the past eight years, Robinson & Rohe has been performing a Lightbox Christmas Concert and Singalong. Annually hosted in their Brooklyn home (always teeming with friends and neighbors), this event is full of good food and drink and beautiful music, and has been a high point of every year. This year, they bring their midwinter music to Dupuy’s Landing, resplendent with a gorgeous set piece, a triptych of paper cut light boxes designed by illustrator Andrew Benincasa.
Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe bring their folk-music roots and contemporary sensibilities to songs new and old. Robinson & Rohe go deep into the Christmas repertoire: the mystical, the melancholic, the soulful, the sublime. Expect songs you may not know: haunting melodies of old Europe, joyful singalongs of the Southern US, and modern takes on the strange and ancient Christmas tale. Please join us for this special evening. Suitable for all ages.
Saturday 20 December, Robinson and Rohe
Doors at 5:00 PM, concert begins at 5:30 PM sharp.
Liam Robinson is a composer and performer living in New York City. His compositions often deal with a relationship with text or other external stimuli, including theatrical, visual, and installation elements. He is constantly working with the delicate balance between an attraction to external association and a dedication to pure sound.
As a pianist, accordionist, vocalist, and actor, Liam performs regularly with Jean Rohe, the Becca Stevens Band, Ilusha Tsinadze, and as a solo performer. He can be heard on the acclaimed debut of the Becca Stevens Band, Tea Bye Sea and their 2011 release Weightless (Sunnyside) as well as on Jean Rohe’s worldly and literate Lead Me Home and Ilusha Tsinadze’s Mother Tongue, music from the Republic of Georgia. Liam is an avid folk musician and dance caller, and his folk music duo act with Jean Rohe can be heard on their self-released album Robinson & Rohe. He is currently playing the role of Songman in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of War Horse at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.
Liam is Artistic Co-Artistic Director of Red Light New Music, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in New York City. Red Light is an organization dedicated to presenting new and unheard composers to a wide audience. Each season the resident Red Light presents a series of diverse and provocative concerts with an emphasis on new commissions and reworked classics. In collaboration with colleague Vincent Raikhel, Liam recently co-edited the collection of writings, art, and music Original Tradition: The Influence of Nils Vigeland, Composer and Teacher. This book is dedicated to his former teacher at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his BMA.
“There are plenty of talented artists out there, but what sets Jean Rohe apart are the suppleness of her voice, the integrity of her vision, and the grace she shows in her wide-ranging journeys across the musical landscape.” –John Platt, WFUV New York
“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe has been captivating audiences for years with her one-of-a-kind narrative songs. In her latest release, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, she showcases the unique, multilingual musical voice that she has honed since her debut record, Lead Me Home. Her intuitive aesthetic blend of folk, jazz, and Brazilian traditions led one Elmore magazine reviewer to call it “remarkable in so many ways I can think of no comparison”. The record won three Independent Music Awards in 2014.
Jean’s writing concerns itself as much with the internal world as with the external. Her songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle. A true citizen artist, she gracefully approaches matters of social concern with artistry and heart. Her 2013 video release, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” is an aspirational alternative national anthem for the United States, which has now been performed by choirs and bands across the country. No Depression wrote, “Not only does she make astoundingly beautiful music but she is thoughtful, reflective, and courageous.”
Raised in a participatory folk music scene, Jean’s inviting performances balance precise craft with the unpredictable boisterousness of community music-making. Alone or together with her eclectic ensemble, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, she has toured throughout the US and as far as Havana’s Teatro Nacional. This fall she embarks on her first European tour. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“a unique musical voice that sounds like a love song for a world imperiled.” Albany Times Union