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Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights presents

David Thomas Roberts

Composer, pianist, and visual artist

in a living room concert
Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 PM

933 Rose Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

$20 in advance, $25 at the door
(All of the money we collect goes to the musician)


Postmodernist composer, pianist, poet, and multimedia visual artist David Thomas Roberts began composing, painting, and writing at age eight. His first ambitious compositions date from 1971 and reflect the influence of such composers as Chopin, Satie, Ives, and Joplin. Since then, he has composed over 120 solo piano works as well as a variety of chamber pieces, art songs, choral music, and electronic works. His music has been heard on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and across Canada on CBC Radio. In 2005, Roberts accompanied the Oakland Ballet in original arrangements of American music. His eclectic suite for piano, “New Orleans Streets” (1981-85) was hailed by historian Al Rose in I Remember Jazz as “the single most important contribution to the culture of New Orleans in the past fifty years.”

Significant as these achievements have been, Roberts remains best known for his singular contribution to the style of music known as New Ragtime (and its relative, Terra Verde) — most notably his 1979 composition “Roberto Clemente,” which has been recorded by more than 20 pianists, ensembles, and solo guitarists around the world. The late composer and ragtime scholar Trebor Tichenor called Roberts “our foremost composer of contemporary ragtime.”

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