In 1997, Robinson conducted Treemonisha: The Concert Version by ragtime composer Scott Joplin at the Rockport Opera House in Rockport, Maine, with a new libretto by Judith Kurtz Bogdanove. In 2001, he orchestrated, arranged, and conducted the musical Islands, which was produced on Broadway at the New Victory Theater by John Wulp, with music and lyrics by Cindy Bullens. Robinson conducted the world premiere performance of his Black Nativity – In Concert: A Gospel Celebration in 2001 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Portland, Maine. The concert version recreated the original performance of Langston Hughes's Gospel Song-Play Black Nativity that opened in 1961 at the 41st Street Theatre in New York City. In 2004, the documentary film Black Nativity – In Concert: A Gospel Celebration was made about the world premiere performance, production, and creation under the direction of Robinson with the original cast. In December 2013, Robinson collaborated with Dr.
Anthony Antolini and the Bowdoin College Chorus and Down East Singers to mount a revised version of his 2004 creation. Robinson composed An American Requiem, which had its New England Premiere under the direction of Dr. Robert Russell and the USM Chorale. He also wrote “Driving Old Memories” with his father Ervin Robinson, and the country song “Momma Never Had Life Easy – So She Made Life Easy for Me”. In 2012 he wrote the music for the independent documentary In the Shadows of Grey Gardens In an article entitled “Robinson and Ragtime”, David Welker called him “one of today’s leading proponents of early jazz and ragtime music”.
He is perhaps best known for his composition “The New England Ragtime Suite” for piano. In 2014, the opening of Maine Public Broadcasting’s “Maine Arts!” Series received an Emmy Award at the 36th annual New England Emmy Awards for which Robinson contributed the series’ theme music and was nominated for a separate Emmy Award. Robinson composed the Maine-based musical, The Legend of Jim Cullen - A Dramatic Musical, which received its world premiere at the Heartwood Regional Theater Company in the summer of 2014. 2) Aaron Robinson is a Nashville songsmith who released his debut solo album, We Are Racing Ghosts (Undertow) on April 15th, 2008. The sound and story of the record confirm the maturation of the former leader behind Nashville’s lamented indie-pop quartet Imaginary Baseball League. Along with its catchy pop hooks and lush arrangements, We Are Racing Ghosts is rife with haunting stories of Aaron’s own musical family tree, most evident in the stark “Dreamers And Preachers” and the kinetic folk-pop of “Broken Heart Empty Room”, both of which figuratively and literally mourn the “death of a dream”. The record beautifully and openly documents the frantic self-analysis of an heir to some lofty expectations. After selling off many personal items to finance the record, including the guitar with which all the songs were written, Aaron recorded Ghosts during the summer of 2007.
Produced by Neilson Hubbard (Glen Phillips, Matthew Ryan), the record includes memorable performances by Hubbard himself, songwriter Garrison Starr, and The Greencards’ Eamon McLoughlin. The struggles and sacrifices endured in making the record are reflected in the finished product. We Are Racing Ghosts is a record with heart. It is a disarming collage of music & lyrics meant to be shared, and an intimate portrait of an artist’s call to duty. So far, Ghosts has received extensive local and national attention from Paste, Performing Songwriter Magazine, American Songwriter Magazine, The Tennessean, USA Today, SE Performer Magazine, The Nashville Scene, All The Rage, AOL Music, C-Net, and more.
Aaron and his new band showcased twice at the 2008 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The band and Aaron are already at work writing and arranging new material for the next record, which Aaron says will be “sonically darker” and “lyrically more intense” than Ghosts. “The first record was mostly obsessed with dreams and death…, or dreams vs. death”, Aaron admits. “There’s a sort of battle between what you know you want to do, and whether you are strong enough to do it.” Aaron explains that the new material oppositely appears to be focused on the concepts of reality and life.
“Dreams of ‘making it’ aren't as important to me now. I just want to make emotional records full of effortless sounding melodies, not just vocal ones, and an overall sound that is undeniably moving”. For a sneak peak at a live performance of the new song “Price Is Right”, visit Aaron’s Myspace page. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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