Multi-instrumentalist Rob Flax describes his music in a concise way: “I play things with strings, I hit stuff, and I sing.” Behind this simple tag line lies a rich depth of genre-bending, from classical and jazz violin to bluegrass fiddle, to blues and rock influences, and beyond. In his “One Man Band” shows, Rob uses a looper pedal and other effects to transform his violin into an entire symphony of sounds. Rob is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he received his master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation, and he currently lives in Boston.
Expect to hear virtuoso violin improvisation, in flavors ranging from singing classical tone to bluegrass fiddle to shredding, Jimi-Hendrix-esque rock, and everything in between. But also expect clever songwriting, improvisation and spontaneous composition, humor in the vein of Tom Lehrer or Reggie Watts, and a surprisingly powerful voice with over three octave range.