Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm to Perform on Sept. 12
Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.
Jospé, along with Inner Rhythm band members Jeff Decker on saxophone, Bob Hallahan on piano and keyboards and Randall Pharr on bass, combine Latin, funk, swing, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms into a modern jazz sound.
The band, which performs classics and original compositions, has toured together for more than 15 years and released four CDs.
Inspired by his Belgian parents’ love of music, Jospé began playing the drums at age 14, and had his first professional performance in France at the age of 16.
After graduating from the Cambridge School of Weston, in Weston, Mass., Jospé moved to New York City to attend New York University. Over the next 12 years, he became involved in the New York jazz and rock scene and was co-leader of the fusion band Cosmology.
Since forming in 1990, Inner Rhythm as performed in theaters, concert halls and clubs and at festivals, private functions and community outreach programs from New York to Honolulu. In 2004, the band performed with Tony Bennett in Germany.
Since 1992, Jospé has received an annual touring grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the band and his educational, interactive lecture/demonstration “The World Beat Workshop.”
In 1989, Jospé joined the music department at the University of Virginia, where he teaches jazz drumming and a rhythmic fluency course. He is a member of UVA’s faculty jazz ensemble, The Free Bridge Quintet.
The concert, sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.