“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. Her songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle. She can be found fronting her large ensemble, collaborating as one half of the duo Robinson & Rohe, or playing intimate solo sets in the US and abroad. She'll be performing with a quartet for this show.
A true citizen artist, she gracefully approaches matters of social concern with artistry and heart. Her 2013 video release, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” is an aspirational alternative national anthem for the United States, which has now been performed by choirs and bands across the country and was published last year in the second edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing (Rise Again). No Depression wrote, “Not only does she make astoundingly beautiful music but she is thoughtful, reflective, and courageous.”