Happy to be performing at this event.
Activism has always been a part of Robert's life - musical or otherwise. As well as being a full-time musician does what he can to lend my voice - musical or otherwise - to issues of social justice and environmental protection.
In May 2023 Robert organized a fundraising concert in support of Phare Ponleu Selpak - an amazing not-for-profit educational institution and circus located in Battambang, which he recently visited.
For many years Robert has been involved in solidarity work with the people of El Salvador, and other South American and Central American countries. The victims of the "forgotten war" in El Salvador in the 70's and 80's and it's aftermath is a particular focus for Robert.
He is happy to report that after a long battle his Canadian/Salvadoran friend Jose Figueroa has been granted his freedom (and has also been granted permanent residency) after being forced into sanctuary for over two years. Robert is still fighting for Jose to officially clear his name of any terrorism charges.
A song Robert wrote in support of Jose called "YOU ARE WELCOME HERE" is available to download. All proceeds from the download go to the "We are Jose" campaign - to raise funds to help pay for the legal defence of Jose - a Salvadoran refugee facing deportation from Canada for his non-violent opposition to the right-wing military dictatorship in EL Salvador in the 1980s. Jose was forced into sanctuary in a Langley, B.C. church in an effort to avoid deportation. This is a cause very dear to Robert's heart and he would love your support.
You can download the song here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertgraham3
A video for the song - made by Jose himself can be seen here:
"It Could Be You"
In 2016, together with my Toronto band "The Fairest and Best", Robert released a single and video called "It Could Be You". All proceeds from the sale of the song went to the International Red Cross for their work with refugees worldwide. The song is a call for empathy for refugees - whose numbers are climbing daily.
You can find hear the fascinating story about how the song came about here: https://www.thefairestandbest.com/it-could-be-you-the-single
You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0b2jR1eqHk
Before leaving Toronto Robert did an interview with Girth Radio about the song. The interview featured three acoustic songs and an interview about the meaning behind the "It Could Be You" - which covers his feelings on the issue of refugees and their treatment:
Happy to be performing at this event.
Back at the People's Club to play the people's songs!
Are you in desperate need of some "me" time? Read on!
This is the first in a series of events for the Heart Place Rest Lounge. We are excited to birth our Rest Lounge in collaboration with pianist Robert Graham and his 'Rest, Restore and Recharge' event. This event is co-hosted with the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre. Heart Place is upstairs above the Hinata Cafe. - all at the Fibonacci Centre, 19 Blinco Street, Fremantle
Tickets are limited to 20 places so be quick to secure your place. The rest session with run from 3pm-4pm. Followed by if you feel to stay refreshments, games, songs on the Heart Place Verandah & Community Cafe. 4pm-5pm For Partial Subsidy ( Sliding Scale of Economy) contact Sydel@heartplace.org.au.
Tickets available here: https://heartplace.org.au/.../rest-restore--recharge-with...
About the Rest Restore & Recharge Offering:
"Are you stressed? Tired? Feeling lethargic and "uncreative"? Badly need some "me" time? Do you also love music? Welcome to the first "Rest, Restore and Recharge with Music" event, featuring acclaimed pianist Robert Graham. Imagine a whole hour of "you' time. An hour where you are free to do whatever you wish. An hour with soothing and meditative piano music being performed live, music designed to relax, calm, regenerate and inspire contemplation, all in an air-conditioned studio featuring comfy bean bags, rugs and mats for your comfort.
What you do in the hour is up to you. The possibilities are endless: meditate, rest, read, yoga, dream, write, draw or paint, pray, create, or simply sit and let the beautiful music wash over and through you - as you let the power of the live music revive you. You control exactly how you spend these 60 minutes of bliss. Please note that this is a silent event (other than the music of course). Not only do you have the opportunity to rest, restore and recharge, but the wonderful people at Heart Place will be providing lovely refreshments and organic nibblies afterwards on their shady and breezy verandah. The music will continue there and you can, if you wish, meet and talk with other participants. Or you may choose to simply float home after the event, feeling rested, restored and recharged!"
Tickets (limited to 20) are available at the link above - see you there! Can't make it? Put Sunday Jan 28th in your calendar - that's the next one!
$30 with sliding scale
I am excited to be part of the first-ever launch of "Duelling Pianos" in Perth. This world-wide phenomenon features two pianist/singers riffing off each other and playing audience requests. Every Saturday night for the rest of the year! My dates are July 8th, and 29th, Aug 12th, Sept 2nd and 30th, Oct 28th, Nov 11th, Dec 2nd, and Dec 16th, but head along any Saturday for the show!
Proud to be showing off the world famous Cottesloe Crooners (and doing a set myself) for the annual NCSLS Christmas shindig!