Artists » Hegarty Steinbeck & Robles
James Hegarty, piano, is an improvising pianist and electronic musician, a documentary filmmaker, an arts advocate, and a writer on the arts and creativity.
He performs frequently at the Tavern of Fine Arts. He performs each month as a member of the Avant-Garde Arts Night Ensemble. Over the past two years, he has given an additional 20 performances at the Tavern – solo piano, solo piano with electronics, and as leader of collaborative trios and small ensembles.
Other recent performances include solo and ensemble concerts at The Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, The St. Louis Art Museum, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and EyeDrum art/music gallery in Atlanta, The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, Three Sinks Gallery, and on concerts presented by the New Music Circle. He has performed in numerous collaborative performances at colleges and arts venues in the St. Louis area.
For 17 years, Hegarty has served as board member and in various capacities including eight years as music chair of The New Music Circle in St. Louis.
Hegarty’s original compositions and computer music works have been performed throughout the US and in Europe and the Pacific Rim. His recordings have been broadcast on WNUA, KWMU and THE INTERNET GUY. He composed and produced a multimedia opera, The Soul of the Rock, that was premiered in New York with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He has recorded and produced six albums including the IDM disc, Leaving Venice, Anthesis Reflex (piano & electronics) and two solo piano disc, Cut it/out and THE NEW ONE. He is Creative Arts and Communication Division Chair at Principia College where he teaches composition, theory, world music, and jazz.
Paul Steinbeck, bass, is an improviser, composer, and music theorist. With the late Fred Anderson, he is the co-author of Exercises for the Creative Musician, an instructional book for improvisers, now in its second edition. His compositions can be heard on six recordings, including three CDs released by the Brooklyn contemporary-music label Engine Studios: Nine Ways (2004), Three Fifths (2005), and Sun Set (2007). Steinbeck currently resides in St. Louis, where he is a professor of music at Washington University.
Shane Del Robles, drums, is a celebrated improviser who draws upon a wide variety of styles. He studied with Mark Guiliana, Jason Marsalis, and Matt Wilson and holds a BA in music from The Principia College. He performs regularly with contemporary groups HS+R, and Yankee Samba. Robles played for pop-rock band The Royalty (2010-2011) and successfully auditioned with the band for the label Victory Records.