Hope & Comfort
Click on this link to read a review/feature story with photos: MUSIC BIO / BOB TOABE 'You should be playing concerts everywhere!' McCoy Tyner 'Wow it really transported me...like floating in space...I loved it!' Al Foster 'Truly gifted...a rare talent...musical genius...deserving the best concert grands, world-wide.' Hewitt Huntword, Acton Jazz Cafe 'Yeah man...so nice...I really liked it!' Eric Jackson, WGBH Boston 'Reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Debussy...though a style, all his own.' Ozzie, Miami radio BIOGRAPHY As a young Bob Toabe played along the rocky New England seacoast it was as though the salt air and ocean waves filled him with music, imbuing his creativity with a natural song and rhythm. Even as a child his prodigious musical improvisation, rich in emotional content, brought recognition and praise from music teachers and concert audiences alike. As an early adolescent he ventured from the piano to the study of wind, voice, strings, and a wide assortment of percussion instruments. It was in the theatre however where, as the youngest member of the Boston-based Performing Arts Repertory Co., he developed a potently creative music, stage, and performance style. By high school the ever industrious musician found himself forming a variety of eclectic improvisation groups. His sound was influence by a broad range of contemporary jazz, classical, and international music. He listened to Keith Jarrett, Chic Corea, and Coltrane. But more than anything else it was his early personal meetings with McCoy Tyner and Pharaoh Sanders that moved and inspired the direction of his music. Today his original and fluid piano style captures concert audiences with a sound that is rich, sweet, and hypnotic. He can be heard regularly at THE RITZ CARLTON, Boston Commons & at the Boston Le Meridian hotel. Bobs' current release HOPE & COMFORT was sponsored by a very impressed fan who financed the entire project after hearing him perform only two pieces! The CD is an alluring mix; which alternates between on-the-spot improvisations and original pieces. 'What I want most (in my music) is deep and free-flowing emotional content. I want my audience to move with me over the keyboard...letting the music flow through us like a soft sweet breeze, like an ocean wave...seeking expression of our deepest needs, our essential selves.' CURRENT TOUR Bob Toabe is available for worldwide touring throughout 2004 and into the 2005 season. CURRENT RELEASE - HOPE & COMFORT on the Fisheye label. New CD forthcoming: LIVE AT THE RITZ.