Rrrring Tones! [Unsigned Artist of the Month]
Influenced by the prepared piano works of John Cage, bird songs heard in his neighborhood, and Dadaism, Bob Siebert presents his own flavor of compositional quirkiness with Rrrring Tones. The charming album features 15 short pieces, all of which were written for and performed solo on a circuit-bent Casio SK-1 keyboard, an instrument built by Patrick Gill. Minimalist and intelligent throughout, Bob’s album carefully blends harmonies with the sometimes grinding, sometimes-pure lo-fi tones of the SK-1, treating it as a serious instrument, rather than a funked-up toy. And in the tradition of an expert programmer or B-3 master, Bob varies the circuit-bent sonic tapestry in perfect synchronization with the music he creates. Unconventionally musical, unconventionally good.
-Michael Gallant Keyboard Magazine
Among the interesting music we've been sent recently is a series of short tracks called Rrrring Tones by composer Bob Siebert who is part of Vox Novus. The CD contains 15 short pieces written for and played on an extremely warped circuit bent Casio SK1 keyboard, an instrument built by Patrick Gill. These startling pieces are lively and unexpected, brief and chaotic, each would be a ring tone to send a shiver up your spine. Influenced by John Cage and his prepared pianos, Siebert says the pieces are also inspired by bird sounds in his local neighborhood and the continuing philosophy and science of dada. This music is uncannily good. White Fungus New Zealand
pieces of the TRANS-WORLD SUITE
Bob Siebert, mbira, Beautiful! Sandra Mitchell, Spirit of the Arts Foundation\
Cool Jim Aikin, Keyboard Mag.
Meditative Dave Miller, Kindred Spirits Fair & Music Fest.
LIVE @ Steinway Gallery
Classic standards for jazz trio. Bob's technique brings out the singing and powerful quality of the 9 foot Steinway grand. We know that you will be moved by his poetic ballads and excited by the powerful, edgy uptunes!
Oregon Sentinel Jim Murez
MY BOHEMIAN LEGACY - upbeat Elton John sunniness...touching Billie Holiday melancholia - Hilary Grey, JazzTimes
Music to curl up to at night or unwind and relax during
the day - Elizabeth Goodwin, JAZZIZ
Superior impressionist mood music Shirley Klett, Schwann Cat.
URBAN HARMONY- a fluent pianist, a skilled craftsman- Shirley Klett, CADENCE
NEW DAY - complex, finely wrought tunes - Jim Aikin, KEYBOARD Magazine
Primary Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist
Location: Hawthorne, NJ
Willing to teach:
I have been teaching for the last forty years. Many of my students have gone on to careers in the music business. My philosophy of teaching consists in self motivation of my students, an emphasis on creativity and musical exploration, and a solid background in technique and repertoire.
I'm in the North New Jersey area. My availability is on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:am to 6:30PM. I charge $35 per 1/2 hour at my studio. Lessons are once or twice a week, either 1/2 or full hour. Rates for me to travel to your house start at $40 a 1/2 hour, depending on distance.
In addition to my Knabe grand I enjoy playing any well maintained acoustic piano, particularly the 9 foot Steinway on the "Live at Steinway Gallery" CD I've performed on a variety of electric keyboards starting with my customized Wurlitzer piano on my CD "New Day" to the proteus piano module on "Pictures" and "My Bohemian Legacy".
My vast collection of African Thumb Pianos are always a joy to play, particularly outside, where they seem to connect with nature in some special way! these can be heard on the "Pieces of the TRANS-WORLD Suite" CD.
My newest keyboard is the circuit bent SK1. This instrument was built by Patrick Gill 4 years ago. It is my electric keyboard of choice at the present time.
Lastly is my Schoenhut toy Piano. I have some pieces for it which will be posted to YouTube shortly.