Accordionist Rob Reich (Tin Hat, Gaucho, Nice Guy Trio) leads a top notch 11-piece band through his bold original music for Circus Bella. The music captures the danger, bravado, wit, and virtuosity of a traveling circus show. It sweeps the listener through a dazzling array of styles, and explores the line between deadly serious and hilarious.
Rob's compositions are inspired by 1920s and New Orleans Jazz, Klezmer, French waltz, and American circus marches. Reich has worked with the circus artists to develop arrangements that complement the physicality and mood of each act. His scoring leaves room for the musicians to stretch out from the notes on the page and to fill the space with improvisation that goes with the feeling of the moment. The music unfolds with as much spontaneity as the performers in the ring.
Rob received his degree in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and has been composing original music for 15 years. This CD represents Rob's mature musical vision for the first time.
released June 20, 2011
Rob Reich - accordion
Ralph Carney - slide clarinet, clarinet, saxophone, etc.
Sylvain Carton - clarinet, saxophone
Tom Griesser - clarinet, saxophone
Dina Maccabee - violin, viola
Henry Hung - trumpet
Ian Carey - trumpet
Greg Stephens - trombone
Zachariah Spellman - tuba
Michael Pinkham - drums & percussion
Beth Goodfellow - drums & percussion
Tristan Cunningham - vocals
Ken Prokuski - ukelele
recorded by Eli Crews at Broken Radio, San Francisco
mixed by Scott McDowell at Hyde Street Studio C, San Francisco
mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Labs, Oakland
illustration and design by Newman