Robert Everest has been joyfully exploring the music of the world for over 25 years. Performing locally, nationally, and internationally, he has delighted audiences around the globe with his original compositions and his vast repertoire of acoustic world music. His fascination with foreign languages led him through a linguistics degree from the University of MN, which facilitated the development of the multiple languages he brings to his performances. Latin American music makes up the majority of his repertoire, but he also plays music from southern Europe, singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Greek, and of course, English.
Robert has performed at the Walker Art Center, the Ordway, Orchestra Hall, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Festival of Nations, and many other music festivals, locally and nationally. Among his international performance venues are the Ono Galerie in Bern, Switzerland; Bar Tempo in Madrid, Spain; the Golden View in Florence, Italy; and Birdland in Budapest, Hungary. His extensive Brazilian repertoire truly came full circle when he was invited to perform in the birthplace of Choro and Bossa Nova - Rio De Janeiro - at the prestigious Vinicius Piano Bar.
Robert has been featured on MPR's Talking Volumes alongside Chilean author Isabel Allende at the Fitzgerald Theatre, the Jazz Image with the late radio legend Leigh Kamman, and String Theory with Keven Barnes on KBEM, 88.5 FM. Television stations KARE11, WCCO, and KSTP have invited him into the studio for live performances on several occasions. Robert plays in several ensembles as director or co-director, including Quartetto Rosso (Italian), Beira Mar Brasil and Choro Borealis (Brazilian), and his main project, the Robert Everest Expedition, which performs the same variety of world music that you'll find in his solo performances. He has also been a sideman, having worked with Connie Evingson, Lorie Line, and Nachito Herrera, among others.
Robert's musical training has been eclectic, to say the least - he has studied jazz guitar in Minneapolis, Brazilian guitar in California, classical guitar in Portugal, West African guitar in Togo, Flamenco in Spain, Tango in Argentina, an many other Latin American styles throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. He has also studied percussion in Ghana and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. His vocal technique is the result of exposure to dozens of international approaches to voice and several years of instruction, including four years with the University of Minnesota Jazz Singers under Dr. Ron McCurdy.
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