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On February 15, esoteric songwriter Rob Morsberger will release a 22-song double-CD, 'Early Work 1986-1995'. The two-volume set chronicles the evolution of an acclaimed artist who has met his recent diagnosis of terminal cancer with a relentless drive towards releasing as much material as time allows. 'Early Work' is a surprising, eclectic overview of Morsberger's search for his 'voice' as a literate songwriter, with material from the mid-Eighties showing that his songwriting craft was already strongly in place from the beginning.
The entire collection represents a unique sound in his catalogue, being essentially built around solo, intimate piano performances and vocal arrangements, with a Stellar cast of players teasing these out into assorted duets and trios with a few full band arrangements (guest singers include Loudon Wainwright III, Marshall Crenshaw, Suzzy Roche). The double CD reveals the early work of a uniquely talented man, as he navigates a decade of his life and his art.
Morsberger has confirmed a series of new tour dates, including a handful with Suzzy Roche. The select events with Roche will feature Morsberger playing his own music as well as tracks from Roche's upcoming (as yet untitled) album - a collection of duets with her daughter Lucy Roche, with Morsberger accompanying the pair on piano and accordion. Lucy will join the 2013 dates as her schedule allows.
18 JANUARY OLDE MISTICK VILLAGE ART CINEMAS MYSTIC, CT
23 JANUARY PRIVATE CONCERT NY, NY
02 FEB CROTON FREE LIBRARY CROTON ON HUDSON, NY
08 FEB ARTS ON THE LAKE, LAKE CARMEL ARTS CENTER KENT LAKES, NY
15 FEB The Egg - WITH SUZZY AND LUCY ROCHE ALBANY, NY
03 MARCH THE BEANRUNNER CAFE PEEKSKILL, NY US
More dates will be announced soon.
Also available now is a live DVD of Morsberger in concert. This is the definitive DVD of Rob's great band, featuring Jon Herington, Robin Gould and Zev Katz, and special guest Ina May Wool. Recorded live in February, 2012 at The Bitter End NYC, the film was produced by Dave Davidson for Hudson West Productions and boasts record-quality audio. http://www.robmorsberger.com/rob-morsberger-live-dvd<http://www.robmorsberger.com/rob-morsberger-live-dvd>
Listen to the PRI/ WBUR Here & Now interview with Robin Young, distributed via NPR NEWS:http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/05/24/rob-morsberger-cancer <http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/05/24/rob-morsberger-cancer>
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