Pianist Rob Clearfiled
Start Date/Time: Saturday, December 23, 2017 5:00 PM
    During his decade-plus on the scene, Rob 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.

From 2004-2011, his band Information Superhighway played Clearfield’s original compositions and released two albums; performed with the Fareed Haque group, talked his way onto Grazyna Auguscik’s band and began to tour internationally with her, played with an impressive roster of Chicago’s finest musicians (a quick partial list: Matt Ulery, Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven, Greg Ward, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Chris Siebold, Melvin Butler, Ernest Dawkins); played with prog-rock band District 97 from 2006 to 2015, which involved collaborations with John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia); and was a founding member of the R&B/soul group Hood Smoke as well as the folk/rock group Outertown (to this day, he continues to work with both groups).

Showtimes:  5pm & 7pm
Admission:  $10 before 7pm & $15 after 7pm