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Rob Ryndak

Rob Ryndak
Artist Summary:
Performance Type:  Instrumental Ensemble
Performance Style(s):  Jazz
Official Web Site:  http://www.robryndak.com
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Rob Ryndak’s writing is a potpourri of style and influences, shaped by the decades-long marriage of jazz with the tropics as well as Ryndak’s own curious rise to musicianship through seminary. His compositions combine pop along with jazz and latin rhythms to create melodies that—as jazz journalist Dave Helland writes—“tug at your ears while the grooves push at your feet.” Ryndak’s music is autobiographical and draws inspiration from not only his head and heart, but his family, friends, and the places he has visited. His musical influences also come from Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Poncho Sanchez, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley, Joe Sample, Horace Silver as well as the classical, R&B, and rock genres.

As a performer, Ryndak has recorded and played with a long list of Chicago greats including Steve Cole, Ruben Alvarez, Geof Bradfield, Carlos Cornier, Paulinho Garcia, Greg Fishman, Larry Gray, Rob Kassinger, Bobby Lewis, Richard Patterson, and Paul Wertico. Although primarily a pianist, Rob continually draws on his percussion roots to infuse a strong baseline of rhythms in his writing and still likes to get out from behind his piano to play congas.

Rob’s own ensemble has performed at festivals throughout the Midwest such as the Munster Indiana Jazz & Blues Festival, Nebraska’s Joslyn Museum’s Jazz on the Green, Milwaukee’s Jazz in the Park, and Chicago’s Music on Michigan Avenue. Ryndak and his ensemble were also featured as the opening act for Steve Cole at Milwaukee’s Third Ward Jazz Festival.

In the recording of his jazz work, Ryndak has compiled five albums of originals. Although different in their own right, each jazz album highlights Ryndak’s melodic simplicity despite the variety of styles and rhythms he uses to create music. All of which leads to heart felt improvisation and forces his ensemble members to rely on their gut instinct more than habits. Rob’s lyrical melodies are, more often than not, brought to life through a blend of strong percussion with flute, trumpet and/or sax.

Rob Ryndak is a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) and has been an Annual Award recipient of ASCAP since 1999. He is also a voting member of The Recording Academy. Other professional affiliations include the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA), the Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

In addition to composing and performing, Rob has taught at the college level and currently teaches classical and jazz piano, percussion, jazz improvisation, and music theory privately through his studio.

Electronic Press Kit Materials:

Video Clips (YouTube):
Funky Fun
Patty Sue in Blue
Playing with Angels
Bell Rock

Audio Samples (MP3 Format):
A Dance in the Park
Bouncing Back
Chasing Dreams
Purely Simple
Rhythmic Nature

Documents (PDF Format):
Ensemble One-Sheet
Residency Programs
Program:  Bossa!
Program:  Wonderful Thing


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