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Rob Flax, Pauline Pisano

Rob Flax

Pauline Pisano

Sat, August 19, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rob Flax - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
“Rob’s unique blend of ancient and modern brings the violin into the 21st century with a dazzling array of digital technology seamlessly mated to the traditional world of wood, gut, and bone.”
—Stuart Rosenberg, WFMT

“He's a master of bringing people together and making art out of nothing in a short amount of time.”
—Katy Boc, South Shore Living

Rob Flax is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator from Evanston, IL with a playful heart and an open mind. He has performed nationally and internationally with groups of many different styles, including opening for B.B. King and Tower of Power, playing viola and violin with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and YouTube star Jacob Collier, upright bass in an Argentine tango ensemble, mandolin and fiddle in various bluegrass bands, electric violin in several rock bands, collaborations with modern dancers, and more. As a composer Rob has written music for choreographers, film (including work on the soundtrack of James Franco’s film As I Lay Dying), and several original projects. Rob is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory (M.M. 2012 – Contemporary Improvisation, Music In Education), and he currently lives in Boston, MA.
Pauline Pisano - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
For the last 4 years Pauline has been involved with multiple band projects as a front-man, keyboardist, and writing collaborator. She is a founding member of Decima, The Crushes, and I, Revere, and also worked as an auxiliary player for Walking For Pennies, The New Hotness, The Black Atlas, and BETS. She is also the house keyboardist in a bi-annual Tori Amos tribute concert in Brooklyn and an occasional singer for musical theater composer, Will Van Dyke. The impact of Pauline's latest collaborations in varied musical genres including post-rock, blue grass, musical theater, and funk, can be found within the song structures and sonic expressions on her new album, Inside The Wheel.

The creation of "Inside The Wheel" began in 2016 when a summer tour was cancelled last minute. Earlier that year she had lost a long term relationship and having no plans or work scheduled Pisano grabbed all her musical equipment and drove to the one place things always made sense to her, a small secluded cottage that had been in her family for years. For 10 days all she did was write, mediate, and explore nature. If she was bored, she wrote about how she was bored. If she was lonely, she wrote about how she was lonely. If she was mad, she wrote about how she was mad. What emerged in those writing sessions is the story of "Inside The Wheel," one of forgiveness and self awareness, a dialogue between three characters: herself, her wise youngest/oldest self, and the "furies."

"Inside The Wheel" is Pauline's first solo conceptual album. It features three main characters: the self, the youngest/oldest self, and the furies. Using a harmonizer, each character is assigned a vocal timber: The self is Pauline's voice unaffected, the wise youngest/oldest self is a voice heard an octave below, and the furies are heard in hard-tuned 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths. These characters flow in and out of each song and often speak to each other. The album is meant to be heard from start to finish as song order of the album was embedded in its initial stages of contruction. To capture the dark/hopeful vibe of this record Pauline's producer, Dan Weiner, utilized bass synths, soft acoustic guitars, a vibraphone, a piano, rhodes, spacey electric guitars, marimba, cello, percussion and electric/acoustic drums. For Pisano this is a new sound, however there are certain songs that pay homage to her earlier works.

Joe's Pub, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, Ars Nova, and Rockwood Music Hall, are all venues and spaces that have heard Pisano's voice during her singer/songwriter career. She has worked and recorded in New York City for over 10 years, is a graduate from NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts, and has received numerous awards for songwriting and performing. "Inside The Wheel" is Pauline at her most matured state and sound in the music industry.
Venue Information:
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA, 23229