Robert Stillman is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from the northeast United States. His music juxtaposes the archaic with the futuristic, incorporating influences of Folk Americana, Jazz, Minimalism, and experimental electronic music to create a sound described by the Guardian as “lending an avant-garde shimmer to pre-modern American sounds.”
Stillman has released 7 albums of his music, the most recent of which, Rainbow, (Orindal Records) has received praise from Mojo, Aquarium Drunkard, Other Music, and Jamie Cullum (BBC2).
He has performed his music at venues and festivals throughout the US and Europe, both as a solo act, and with his brass, organ, and percussion ensemble, The Archaic Future Players. He has supported bands such as Deerhoof, Yo La Tengo, Dirty Projectors, and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Advance Base. He has also collaborated with visual artists Mark Garry, Sarah Magenheimer, and the Borbonesa publishing group.
The diversity of Stillman’s music reflects his varied musical life, which started with saxophone lessons in his native Portland, Maine at 11 years old. A move to Boston to study jazz introduced him to formative teachers (George Garzone, Danilo Perez, George Russell), as well as to like-minded colleagues with whom he’d later collaborate, including future members of bands like Glass Ghost, Dirty Projectors, Caveman, and Here We Go Magic. Upon arriving in New York in 2011, this circle of musical colleagues widened to include new collaborators like Luke Temple, Chris and Kurt Weisman, and members of the band Grizzly Bear. Since relocating to England, Stillman has worked in bands led by Kit Downes, Tom Skinner, and Liran Donin. He is also a member of the collaborative audio-visual ensemble Bog Bodies, which recently completed a residency at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo, Ireland.
His forthcoming album, Rainbow, will be released on Orindal Records in December 2015.
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“The US composer and mult-instrumentalist presents a brass-and-percussion requiem for John Fahey, which marches, staggers, waltzes, and floats with a euphoric, drunken dignity. (★★★★)
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“(Station Wagon Interior Perspective) is a tibute to guitar soil master by another American londer-visionary… Stillman has been chipping away at an ornery, creaky vision of American 20th-Century fantasia, taking in the drunken lurch of late-night big band, the irrepressible freedoms of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and the visionary freedom of outsiders like Charles Ives and Harry Partch (8/10) http://satzgesang.de/wp-login.php?debug=yesA=0/ binäre optionen funktioniert UNCUT
“The album is a fuzzily familiar mix of pre-jazz American folk, lurching brass toots, and skeletal sound-collage. It’s a creative retelling of a music legend, and one that won’t prompt its spectral muse to emerge from the spiritual plane to issue a corrective.”
“Composer Robert Stillman’s sublime latest transmission sets wordless one-man band pieces conjuring a quaint Americana against mechanical collages…Like drifting off in a saloon bar reverie and waking up beside a locomotive engine.
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“Stillman takes over-familiar totems of Americana asks you to hear them afresh.” لدي العديد من الواجبات المنزلية THE GUARDIAN OBSERVER
“Listening to Robert Stillman’s extraordinary Machine’s Song is akin to stepping inside some half remembered dreamworld inhabited by fairground organs, player pianos and other antique musical automata.” - SHINDIG’S HAPPENING MAGAZINE
“It’s beautiful music that engages both the emotions and the intellect, and seems to exist at least partly in the shadows of memory, which is, perhaps, a bit part of what makes it such a rousing delight.” - 60 seconden binaire opties strategie THE HURST REVIEW
“At its foundation, Stillman’s work evokes images of bar brawls, oncoming trains, and wild gesticulations, but the loving romanticism of his narratives is infused with experimental touches that both examine and repurpose the legacy of early American music.” hacerse millonario con opciones binarias THE PORTLAND PHOENIX
“His music reveals an America often obscured by the brash sheen of modernity, in which family, landscape, and time emerge as core concerns.” BRIGHTON ARGUS