Robert Mitchell: Solo Piano
Robert has always regularly performed solo as it is at the heart of heart and origins of his approach.
In 2003/4 Robert was priveleged to open for Branford Marsalis (Barbican Centre, London), and Wayne Shorter (The Brighton Dome) – performing a solo set at both events. Robert also has performed solo in Belgium ,and Sweden .
Since late 2009 Robert has also been proud to be a Steinway Artist and the new recording will be made on one of their most prized instruments (the concert grand D).
Robert’s solo piano albums EQUINOX (2007) , and THE GLIMPSE (2013 release) , have both changed and expanded his approach as a musician.The new solo album THE GLIMPSE showcases Robert’s developing fascination with left-hand only approaches to composition and improvisation. The live performance is also a chance to allow explorations into audience interaction as a basis for creating music/improvisations , and the creative use of the looping pedal. Free improvisation is also as likely as a completely composed piece. Robert will tour the UK – his first as solo pianist – in 2013.
After curating a successful solo jazz piano festival at the Pizza Express , London in 2007 (Lifting The Lid featuring – Django Bates, John Taylor, Bheki Mseleku, Zoe Rahman, and John Escreet), Robert is also going to launch a new solo piano festival at The Forge in late Mar 2013. This will be the first edition of Leftitude – a celebration of piano music for Left Hand Only. This festival will feature both classical and Jazz artists performing new works, originals, and classic repertoire for Left Hand Only.
‘Robert Mitchell entered the fray on the Saturday, and brought his sparkling technique with him. After a brooding opener, crisp articulation and mercurial salvos sprang forth,though Mitchell also paced longer, dirge-like passages brilliantly. Snatches of raw martellato power in “Priceless” brought the set to a rousing conclusion.’ JAZZWISE
‘Mitchell frequently turned jazz piano logic on its head, comping with his right hand and soloing with the left, and even embarking on a piece written solely for left hand which somehow didnít scrimp on melodic invention or variety. How many jazz pianists have done that? (Send in an email if you can think of anyÖ) Mitchell seemed to be looking to surprise himself at every turn, in turn surprising his audience too. You canít ask for more from a jazz musician than that.’ JAZZ FM (London, UK)
‘Also striking was his technique and the fluency of his left hand culminating in a lovely piece played exclusively with the said hand ñ if you listen on the radio, you may have to wait for an announcement before you can tell which one it was!’…Jazzy Blogman
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