February 5, 2005

Bob Brozman

A Complete and Uplifting Evening of
Virtuoso Music, Passion, History and Humor

BOB BROZMAN edefining musical diversity worldwide, Bob Brozman is a remarkably prolific artist whose wit, energy, and musical technique combine powerfully to create an unforgettable live performance. A master of slide, fingerstyle, and percussive guitar, Bob's exhilarating show spans the global and musical spectrum, and kept this audience enthralled with more and more of his endearing, infectious energy. This tonight was a show of shows, never to be forgotten.

ob's familiarity with diverse world music cultures produces a novel blending of rhythmic and timbral influences, unparalleled in today's musical environment. His rhythmic dexterity resonates with elements of blues, jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso, sega, and even the most modern hip-hop and ska beats.

ikewise, his chords and harmonies articulate an acute blend of timbres from Hawaiian, Indian, African, Japanese/Okinawan, Caribbean, and American roots blues. His fingerwork has been described in world press as uniquely staggering, yet full of humor. Bob has a collection of hand-tricks that make audiences look for electronic effects that in fact don't exist: his show is the clean product of acoustic genius.

ob's disarming talent for humor and rapport invariably adds spice to his already well-seasoned repertoire of music. A lifelong study of ethnomusicology and the global migration of musical styles ensures Bob's committed attention and respect to each of the cultures in his repertoire. He casually shares historical facts with his audiences, and charms them with his ability to integrate local languages into his show: over the years, Bob has taught himself useful phrases in over 30 languages, which he regularly uses both on stage and off.

ndoubtedly, however, Bob's preferred language is music — which he speaks fluently, around the world. His most recent projects have rendered him a true player in the world music scene. In the past year alone, he collaborated on stage and in the studio with over four dozen artists from more than 13 different countries. An abundance of projects such as these has established Bob as, according to one reviewer, "the man whose musical empathy seems to know no bounds." And as journalist Paul Fisher notes, "If music existed in another universe, Bob would be the Planet Earth's representative for an interplanetary collaboration."

thers have praised him with:

  • "Virtuosic displays including blurred strums, double and triple picked passages, rapid hammers and pulls that would drop the jaw of any rock flashster — DRIVING RHYTHMS AND SEARING BOTTLENECK."
      — Guitar Player Magazine

  • "The playing is dazzling, the dexterity and complexity is without parallel in this genre ... every piece is packed with a compelling, humorous quality — It's what he does with his damn hands that had the audience in hysterics!"
      — Folk Roots Magazine, London

  • "If music existed in another universe, Bob would be the planet Earth's representative for an interplanetary collaboration."
      — Farside Music, UK/Japan

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    Opening for Bob tonight were our featured open mike performers:

  • Ira Perlman
  • Nick Ventresca & John Helnick
  • Andy Romanoff
  • Charles Bowen
  • Claude Margouleff
  • Samuel P. Lazow
  • Alan Michaelson
  • Mark Yodice
  • Little Toby Walker
  • Scott MacDonald
  • Our host this evening was Ira Perlman. If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...