Rob Moose

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Rob Moose came up in the era of shrinking budgets, and with them, diminishing opportunities to do recording sessions in larger groups. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, as that kind of work was never as interesting to him as being part of the creative process. His breakthrough came in the form of Bon Iver's second album. Up until that point, Rob had been primarily engaged as a studio musician, but Bon Iver asked him to contribute arrangements for strings and horns. After a week in the studio, Rob's writing was all over the record. The self-titled release won Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist at the Grammys, and Rob was asked to join the band's world tour.

Since then, Rob has continued arranging and recording strings for top artists such as Alabama Shakes, John Legend and Jay Z. His partnership with producer Blake Mills has resulted in contributions to a spate of recent albums by Dawes, Jesca Hoop, Jim James, Laura Marling and Perfume Genius. Other notable arrangement and recording work includes Ben Folds, Dr. Dre, The Decemberists, LeAnn Rimes, Jose Gonzalez, Renee Fleming and the Grammy Award-winning "High Wide and Handsome" by Loudon Wainwright III. Increasingly active as an orchestrator, Rob's credits include Antony & the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Time for Three with the Indianapolis Symphony, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra's DECLASSIFIED series. 

In addition to his work as an arranger and recording artist, Rob is a co-founder of yMusic, a sextet that has played at Carnegie Hall, won Time Out NY’s classical album of 2011, and been hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music.”  In 2017, the group released its third album, First, written entirely by Son Lux’s Ryan Lott and produced by Thomas Bartlett. Highlights of yMusic’s current season include the premieres of commissioned works by Caroline Shaw and Chris Thile, collaborative concerts with Paul Simon (Eaux Claires) and Anohni (Elbphilharmonie), and a recording of “God Only Knows” with John Legend for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

© 2015 David Passick