In a way, The Circle of Darkness and Fire
presents a 'war' or struggle between three different musics, each having
their own harmonic language and particular melodic, rhythmic or textural
characteristics. In the process of composition, each of these represented
to me a different kind of human/spiritual energy or expression.
Rob Burbea was born in London, and began
playing classical guitar at the age of 17. An interest in improvisation
led him to Boston to study jazz at Berklee College of Music, and after
graduating he taught guitar and led a jazz group performing his original
compositions around the Boston area. He received a Masters Degree in Jazz
Composition, and later in Composition from New England Conservatory, where
he studied principally with Michael Gandolfi ( and also with John Heiss,
Lee Hyla and Joseph Maneri). He is currently a graduate fellow at Brandeis
University, and a Ph.D. candidate in Composition and Theory, studying
with Yehudi Wyner.
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