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Wagon Wheels and Atom Bombs

by The Rob Sbar Noesis

The Rob Sbar Noesis is a virtuosic rock/fusion instrumental guitar-based trio that blends avant-garde and experimental forms of composition within a context of dynamic rock performances.
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1. Wagon Wheels and Atom Bombs (Introduction-exerpt)
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2. Lexical Gap
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3. I Woke Up This Morning With This Human Skin On...And I Can't See
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4. 16 Shades of Gray
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5. Drowning In A Vacuum (Of Barbed Wire Solitude)
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6. Media-Induced Paranoia
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7. Blue Harvest
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8. Diet Soda, Chinese Food and a Single Yellow Daisy
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9. Wagon Wheels and Atom Bombs (Reprise-exerpt)
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The Rob Sbar Noesis is a virtuosic rock/fusion instrumental guitar-based trio that blends avant-garde and experimental forms of composition within a context of dynamic rock performances. The Rob Sbar Noesis has received radio airplay and critical acclaim throughout the fusion and progressive rock communities worldwide, including appearing on many critic's Top 10 CDs of 2002 lists and has appeared on various guitar-oriented compilation CDs. Rob also has been featured in interviews in many publications and websites, receiving praise in the press for their imaginative, complex arrangements and sheer chops, artfully redefining contemporary instrumental guitar music.

Rob Sbar is an accomplished guitarist and composer whose style is a unique blend of rock, modern and avant-garde jazz and fusion along with contemporary chromatic and post-tonal forms. He presents a unified, cumulative sensory and arts experience, incorporating the mediums of sound with written and spoken word, and often visual concepts.

Rob Sbar has been described by critics as a "compositional genius." "A guitarist of frightening ability. Wagon Wheels and Atom Bombs [CD] is a superb first release from one of the world's truly creative musical innovators," says music critic Mike Sandomirsky.

Rob Sbar resides in New York City. He began playing professionally at age 16, doing session work and performing as part of Philadelphia's alternative and indie rock scene. From this early age, he established himself among the top composers/ arrangers and guitarists in the local scene. Already a well-known artist, Rob attended the National Guitar Summer Workshop, New Milford, Connecticut, to diversify his skills.

After studying fine art at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Rob received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude, studying jazz guitar and composition/arranging as well as completing the honors program at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. There, he studied jazz guitar with Tom Giacobetti and Ed Flanagan; jazz composition/arranging with Don Glanden, Ben Schacter and Larry McKenna; and classical composition with Matthew Greenbaum, Ph.D., Maurice Wright, D.M.A., Richard Brodhead, Ph.D. and Mark Rimple, D.M.A. Rob also conducted/arranged the School's Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Rob received a Masters of Arts degree in music composition at Rutgers University, studying with world renowned, Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen. Rob also studied guitar privately with Shrapnel recording artist Greg Howe and Laser's Edge recording artist Scott McGill.

Rob's influences range from such guitar virtuosos as Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane and John McLaughlin, as well as modern jazz composers John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. He also draws influence from contemporary classical composers Stefan Wolpe, Elliot Carter, Charles Wuorinen, John Zorn, and alternative rock icons Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü), Robert Smith (The Cure) and Sonic Youth.

Rob's commissions include composing, conducting and performing the music for a modern dance presentation in collaboration with celebrated choreographer Julia Ritter, entitled Sirens. A blend of jazz, classical and contemporary music written for a large ensemble, Rob conducted and performed on guitar. Rob also wrote, arranged and performed original music and lyrics for a United Way advertising campaign that aired on radio and television. He also was commissioned to write a modern composition for Renaissance lute, A Mosaic of Cement and Barbed Wire, performed at the Sarah Lawrence Summer Guitar Institute.

Rob's piece, Like Giants Through a Keyhole, trio for flute cello and piano, was performed as part of the CROSS-CURRENTS IN JAZZ AND NEW MUSIC: The School and Schooling of Stefan Wolpe series presented by the Network for New Music in cooperation with the Stefan Wolpe Society. Rob was selected among an exclusive group of young composers worldwide to participate in the June in Buffalo Festival for Emerging Composers held in Buffalo, New York. There, renowned pianist Marilyn Nonken performed Rob's solo piano piece, Aerial Surveying. Rob also attended master classes with celebrated composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Harvey Sollberger, Jukka Tiensuu, David Felder, and guitar master classes with Magmus Andersson.

Rob, an accomplished teacher of guitar, music theory, composition and arranging, has developed his own personal teaching concepts and methods for improving technique and chord/scale theory for various styles and genres of music. He is also known as a freelance, live, studio and sessions guitarist, composer and arranger.



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...a masterpiece of originality and technical prowess!
"Music creativity just got a kick in the ass ­ his name is Rob Sbar. Fusion meets Jazz Rock with a heavy heaping of Prog elements all grace this superb first release from one of the world's truly creative musical innovators. No stranger to instrumental guitar, Rob has been showcasing his mind blowing chops and compositional genius since the tender age of 16. Since that time Rob has continued to study and learn a diverse arsenal of guitar techniques and compositional skills that put him at the forefront of today's best fusion virtuosos. As a guitarist of truly frightening skill, Rob has earned himself a Master of Arts degree in Music from Rutgers University. Rob has also studied under the tutelage of Greg Howe and world renowned composer Charles Wuorinen.

"Many styles can be heard throughout "Wagon Wheels and Atom Bombs." This is extremely mature music played flawlessly with spirit and emotion oozing from every note. Many influential elements enter into Sbar music, ranging from eclectic jazz to progressive metal. Imagine Frank Zappa's mind combined with Allan Holdsworth's guitar skill and you start to get the picture of what you are in for. Rob is especially at home with fusion compositions that incorporate strong melody whilst also stepping outside of the box. His timing, emotional delivery and high virtuosity combine to make all of the tracks on "Wagon Wheels and Atom Bombs" true guitar masterpieces. Rob Sbar is one of the most unusual guitar instrumental composers ever to grace our presence. Not since Vai or Gambale has there been such extraordinary sounds produced from the electric guitar.

"All the compositions found throughout "Wagon Wheels and Atom Bombs" are written with a carefree spirit that takes the listener on an unbelievable journey into ­ uniqueness. Never one to repeat himself ­ Sbar seems to be able to pull mind numbing sequences and runs out of no where all the while keeping the main theme structure of each song flowing along like a well oiled gear. Sbar seems keen on keeping the listener a little off center ­ he commands you to pay attention as he weaves his way through compositions with plenty of twists and turns. Highlights of the CD include:

"Lexical Gap" ­ an avant-garde shred feast with its arpegiated sweep sequences and speed picking.

"16 Shades of Gray" ­ a groove oriented track that incorporates a funk vibe and some cool fret board tapping.

"Media-Induced Paranoia" ­ fusion meets prog slam fest with a pumping rhythm.

"Diet Soda, Chinese Food and a Single Yellow Daisy"- solid jazz offering with eclectic single note lines and odd meter rhythms.

"This entire CD should send out a shock wave of epic proportions to all musician/guitarists worldwide. Rob Sbar has transcended from somewhere not of this earth delivering one eclectic mix of beautifully strange and enjoyable tunes ­ a masterpiece of originality and technical prowess!"

5 guitar picks "CD of the Month" - February 2003

-Mike Sandomirsky,