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Mistery Dances 

“Take a vigorous slice of minimalist pulse and pure tonality, add a global backbeat, Meredith Monk-ish vocal stylings, overtone explorations in voice and instruments and a soundtrack-like sense of motion and progression and you have the musical world of Robert Een.  His music takes you places the way Nino Rota’s scores to Fellini films do.” 
Daniel Buckley, TUCSON CITIZEN 

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Your Life Is Not your Own 

After his first trip to India in 1997 with his wife Karin Levitas,he recorded this album of songs inspired by that visit.  The four pieces of The Meherazad Quartet - Il Mio Pomodoro, The Awakener, Sea of Fire and Your Life is Not Your Own - are featured and dedicated respectively to Meher Baba’s women Mandali, Bal Natu, Bhau Kalchuri and Eruch Jessawala. 

Robert Een - voice & cello

Recorded July 1998 at Long View Farm, N. Brookfield, MA

Recording engineer:  Scott Ansell

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The Mystery of You

 

Driving and atmospheric electro-acoustic music served as the soundtrack for Lionel Popkin's choreography.

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Hiroshima Maiden

Score for Prix de Rome award-winning artist Dan Hurlin’s theater puppet piece Hiroshima Maiden was awarded an Obie Award for music composition.  The music reflects both the sorrow and suffering endured by victims of the atomic bomb, as well as the cultural clash of a small group of young Japanese women being brought to the very country that dropped the bomb, for 1950’s “state of the art” plastic surgery".  Brooklyn Papers wrote, “The incredible music by Robert Een mixes jazz, Asian, vocal and instrumental music in moving and melodious ways.”

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Big Joe

Carter Burwell and Hearn Gadbois joined Robert Eeb in 1992 to form the power trio that would come to be known as Big Joe.  Steve Elson (clarinet and saxophones) and Anne DeMarinis (accordion) soon joined.  Big Joe played countless club and concert dates in New York City including Fez, Lincoln Center, Knitting Factory, La Mama, Joyce Theater, Whitney Museum, Buddha Bar, galleries in Chelsea and Soho as well as fashion shows in Tribeca, and West coast venues including Esalen in Big Sur, the Ford Theater and Largo in Hollywood and Disney Hall’s REDCAT Theater and the Mark Taper Auditorium in Los Angeles.   “Joyous. Big Joe’s roller coaster of postminimal-jazz energy could engage any audience,” wrote Kyle Gann in The Village Voice.

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Expanding Universe 

Towering over the Los Angeles basin is Mount Wilson, 5715 feet above sea level.  There in the early 1900s Edwin Hubble, using at the time the largest telescope in the world, observed that the universe was indeed expanding.  Robert Een pondered this seminal discovery as he began composing this music.  It became the score for choreographer Yin Mei’s evening length piece Asunder. “Intriguingly textured music played to haunting effect,” said the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Fertile Fields

This score for Liz Lerman’s “Hallelujah - In Praise of Fertile Fields” premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in August of 2000 and was subsequently performed around the country as a central section of the “Hallelujah Project.”  “Superb.  Robert Een’s music provides bright earthy textures and rhythmic push,” said the Village Voice.         

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The Rook

Robert Een’s soundtrack for the motion picture of the same name directed by Eran Palatnik and starring Martin Donovan.  Dark, moody and atmospheric The Rook is a murder mystery set in some future world resembling the past.  Featuring Carter Burwell - keyboards, Steve Elson - reeds, Hearn Gadbois - percussion, Paul Nowitzki - bass, Bond Bergland - guitar and Robert Een - cello.

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The Saga               

The Saga features 18 previously unreleased gems from Big Joe. Featuring Robert Een - composer and cellist, Carter Burwell and Anne DeMarinis on accordions, Hearn Gadbois on percussion and Steve Elson on saxophones and clarinet, Big Joe is heard here in some of their most classic pieces. Sit back and enjoy.

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Subtle electric Fire  

This suite of eight musical settings for voice and cello of Walt Whitman poetry was commissioned by Brian Selznick (author of Academy Award nominated “Hugo”) for his theater piece Live Oak with Moss.  Based on new research into a secret sequence of love poems woven into Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” the piece focuses on the forbidden sensual love between the poet and his young male student.  A rhapsody on love and loss.  “Robert Een’s compositions are a mesmerizing intertwining of voice and cello,” said the Louisville Courier-Journal

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