Gino Robair Comes To St. Louis & KDHX
As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, on Saturday, March 7 @ 7:30 p.m. New Music Circle welcomes percussionist Gino Robair to St. Louis for a performance of his modern opera I, Norton at Mildred Bastian Theater, 5600 Oakland Ave. on the campus of Forest Park Community College.
I, Norton which is based on the life of Norton I “the first and only emperor of the United States”, brings Bay Area musician Gino Robair to St. Louis for a rare appearance. Joshua Norton on September 17, 1859 proclaimed, “at the request of the citizens of these United States, I…declare myself Emperor.” This real life Bay Area Emperor, immortalized in Mark Twain’s THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, abolished Congress, decreed bridges be built between Oakland and San Francisco, enjoyed free passage by rail and ship, printed and used his own money, and corresponded with kings, queens, and presidents.
New Music Circle says “I, Norton will feature 20 performers, including many of St. Louis’s most highly regarded musicians. The ensemble itself is assembled in a unique way for each concert. In performance, I, Norton takes the shape of an improvised collage structure that combines hand cues, graphic scores, memory-based improvisational structures, and fully notated works.” Click here for more details about the show.
In addition to his live appearance, Gino Robair will be performing in the studio at KDHX on Wednesday, March 4 between 10am and 12 Noon, for a live studio session and interview with me on on Uncontrollable Urge. So please tune in. Gino Robair plays and records with several musicians in ensembles including Tom Waits, John Zorn, Pink Mountain, The New Black, Splatter Trio, Peter James and Michael Zapruder
“No (Yeah)” by Pink Mountain
“The Mumbler” by Splatter Trio