Sidebar Sessions with Rob Clearfield Quartet
During his decade-plus on the scene, Clearfield has developed a reputation for lyrical, emotive compositions that contain the kernel of an oxymoron: a sound that is somehow both sad and redemptively positive. For inspiration, he turns to gospel music, Brahms, blues, Radiohead (especially Johnny Greenwood!), and modern jazz artists like Kneebody, Marilyn Crispell, Ben Monder, and Kurt Rosenwinkel—but also to other art forms, like the films of Ingmar Bergman and Krzysztof Kieslowski, work that embodies the sad/redemptive dichotomy he loves.
In addition to performing and composing, Clearfield has received grants to compose for churches (Grace Commons), stage productions (Purdue North Central University), and film (The Lost Remake of Beau-Geste). These days, Clearfield is focused on a new solo piano record, coming in Fall 2017.
Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station!
Doors open at 7 pm.