Bobby Syvarth
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Bobby Syvarth

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"It's easy to impress the press...sound guys are the real test!!!"

"The way Bobby Syvarth combines the use of looping/sampling technology  with his musical ability .........makes for quite a bit more playing precision than the average solo acoustic performer.  The listener is getting a bigger picture within the framework of his songs."
                      --Rob Calabrese (FOH Engineer--Howie Day, Guster, Josh Rouse, From Good Homes, Pete.)
- Rob Calabrese. Front of House Engineer. Howie Day, Guster, Josh Rouse, From Good Homes, Pete.

"Pulbic Radio...where the hip and the cool gather what's happening and new!"

Bobby Syvarth creates a unique folk-jazz amalgam, serving up his acoustic guitar dominated, lyrically literate original songs with in a laid-back
jazzy setting. His variable "combo" has at various times contained top-rank jazz musicians, as well as an eclectic variety of rockers and fusion players. While original material dominates a Bobby Syvarth Combo performance, you are also likely to hear songs by Paul Simon or the Beatles given complete, remarkably creative makeovers, often with an unexpected funk groove. In his appearances on WVIA's Homegrown Music series, and at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of Arts, I found that Syvarth and company have never failed to create distinctive and instantly appealing

George Graham
Senoir Producer
Public Radio for
Scranton / WIlkes-Barre / Williamsport, PA - George Graham

"Blue Note Recording artist, Schoolhouse Rock composer Bob Dorough says..."

Watching my friend and neighbor grow and develop over the last few years gives me great pride and joy in stating that Bobby Syvarth has become a first-class performer and songwriter and I feel that your time would be
well-spent in giving heed to his songs and messages.
Blue Note Recording Artist BobDorough....January, 2004 - Bob Dorough

"Christ Thomas, Artist Relations, C.F. Martin & Co. Guitars says..."

"We are proud to support and work with Bobby Syvarth, a local legend of our back woods and a promising talent. Bobby Syvarth and his graceful fingers are going to make some national noise."

Chris Thomas
Artist Relations
The Martin Guitar Company - Chris Thomas

"Northwest New Jersey Public Radio 91.9FM WNTI DJ Duke DeGroat says..."

I first heard Bobby performing in a club in NJ and was immediately
struck. His songwriting and vocals have become a staple to my show. In these times of generic, commercial music, it's rare to find a standout, something that you just want to leave in your cd player. Bobby Syvarth is a standout. Stop and listen to his music, his style, his passion, you'll be glad you did.

Duke DeGroat, host of WNTI's "Into Thin Air" and
"A Stone'sThrow RadioHour" - Duke Degroat

"College radio...ClearChannel doesn't own it YET!!!"

East Stroudsburg Univ. "six strings..more or lesh"
highlighting the sounds of the 60's/70's w/ asplash of the 50's and todays sounds. - Tom Crowley

"Relix Magazine: Music For The Mind"

Relix Magazine: Issue 25-04 -- July/August - 1998


by Mick Skidmore

This column aims to bring artists to light that might not be familiar to Relix readers. Some of these bands might have long histories or be popular regionally. We respectfully cover a wide range of talent in this column and do not intend to be misleading by the title, Too New To Be Known.

The Bobby Syvarth Combo is not so much a permanent group of musicians as a gathering of different players that embellish the songsof the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Bobby Syvarth.So, it should be no surprise to find that Syvarth’s songs are esoteric blends of American music, containing a fresh and unpredictable element.

One of the most consistent factors of the Combo (since 1996) has been the harmony vocals of Nicole Grana, which perfectly complement Syvarth’s warm-hearted leads in his excellent debut album, Nice Hat. The disc contains nine finely-crafted originals and an imaginative cover of James Taylor’s “Traffic Jam.” By adding spontaneity and jazzy improvisations to his songs, Syvarth is almost redefining the singer-songwriter category to fit in with the more adventurous jam- and groove-based music of the ’90s. A whole slew of musicians help out on the disc including members of From Good Homes, but it is still the poignant and articulate songs of Syvarth and his singing with Grana that really grab you. - Mick Skidmore

"Godfrey Daniels, one of the finest listening rooms in North America describes Bobby..."


7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1601 (610) 867-2390
Box Office Hours: 2 pm - 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Bobby Syvarth, May 3, 2003. 8PM.

Ever since Bobby dropped in on an open mike years ago, we've been entranced with his outstanding guitar craft and his special touch of jazz that he brings to his acoustic sound. He is definitely a breath of spring in
a world of acoustic songwriters, spontaneous and delightfully unpredictable, daring to open his music up to an airiness that is refreshing. Tonight Bobby  introduces us to sideman Dan Myers, a saxophone player from the band From Good Homes, so expect an evening of fine, fun music.
- Godfrey Daniels

"JazzTimes reviews The Reasons For Christmas Project. A wonderful fundraiser that Bobby co-founded and contributed to...with several Jazz Legends!"

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..."

Damn, it's barely October. Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year.

Well we here at JazzTimes have given up and decided to give you all the news on upcoming Christmas releases so that you have a good three months to prepare. The staff has followed suit as we've already begun to drink gallons upon gallons of eggnog as this piece is being written.Still not enough? Well what better way to celebrate the season than a compilation of standard and original Yuletide jazz compositions?

Jazz legends Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, David Liebman and John Coates Jr. lend their services to The Reasons for Christmas. The album takes full advantage of the notable jazz performers who make their way through the Poconos area each year. The album also features relative unknowns from the area.

And in the true spirit of Christmas, proceeds from the album will help to benefit the grassroots organization Pocono Area Transitional Housing. PATH provides shelter to families who are homeless as a result of domestic violence or other life crises.

Hark! The track listing for The Reasons for Christmas:
1. Bob Dorough "Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful If Christmas Came"
2. Phil Woods "White Christmas"
3. Jesse Green "On Christmas Day"
4. John Coates, Jr. "Silent Night"
5. Bobby Syvarth "An Extra Prayer"
6. The David Liebman Group "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
7. Vicki and Eric Doney Band "Let’s Make Each Day Like Christmas"
8. Nancy Reed and Spencer Reed "Gifts For The Children"
9. The Gaptime Ensemble "Good King Wenceslas"
10. Gary Dillon "Waiting for Christmas"
11. Calliope and the Water Gap Brass "Pastoral"

For more information on PATH and/or the CD, visit - Barry Schwartz

"All Music Guide reviews The Reasons For Christmas Project...My extra prayer was anwered!"

After the ridiculous hype and pretentious nature surrounding fundraising all-star albums like the infamous (and musically empty) We Are the World, many folks approach such releases with reservations. But The Reasons for Christmas Project emerged not from a big city on either coast, but Delaware Water Gap, PA, a small town that is home to a number of jazz veterans along with other talent deserving of wider recognition. The proceeds from sales of this CD help to provide temporary housing and support services to homeless families with children. Bob Dorough, maybe in an attempt to make up for his depressing song "Blue Xmas," sings his very upbeat original "Wouldn't It Be Wonderful if Christmas Came" with a choir made up of local students backing him. Veteran alto saxophonist Phil Woods' jovial, brisk duet with pianist John Coates Jr. takes "White Christmas" down a brisk, bluesy path. Likewise, David Liebman and guitarist Vic Juris take a fresh look with their decidedly offbeat "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." Pianist Jesse Green and singer Jerry Harris jointly composed the soulful "On Christmas Day." Pianist Eric Doney and singer Vicki Doney (his lovely wife) are joined by the Holy Mackeral Tabernacle Choir (hee hee!) and guest soloist Phil Woods for the toe-tapping "Let's Make Each Day Like Christmas." Woods' "Gifts for the Children" (which was composed a number of years earlier) features Spencer andNancy Reed. Bobby Syvarth's "An Extra Prayer" is a virtual melting pot of different musical styles. And the freewheeling arrangement of "Good King Wenceslas" by the Gaptime Ensemble is not to be overlooked. It's hard not to have a smile on your face by the time you're through listening to this joyful disc. More information about obtaining this warm Christmas CD is available at ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

- Ken Dryden


Hellos And Goodbyes; Unison Music
The Reasons For Christmas Project: Various artists.
The Big Apple Sessions. EP.
Alive At Sarah Street. Full Length Live.
Nice Hat. Full Length Studio Debut.
Acoustic Dwellings. Benefit for Habitat for Humanity.



In a musical world dominated by American Idol, Bobby Syvarth is an American Artist who has travelled the country and the world performing and inspiring others with music.

Born in blue collar Brooklyn, raised in the northwestern hills of New Jersey, and schooled on the road of life, Bobby is an accomplished and worldly musician. He is a songwriter, recording artist and producer who has put his talents to good use for many charitable causes.

As a guitarist, Bobby has worked with multi-platinum Grammy award winning Latin artist Marc Anthony, in New York City at the United Nations Gala Awards Dinner Honoring Unsung Heroes of Poverty Eradication in a very special “unplugged” performance which also featured Roberta Flack and Anoushka Shankar. The event was part of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit, and was hosted by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins.

Bobby is currently involved with The United Nations as a Pioneer Artist in the Global Alliance of Artists Against Poverty (GA3P). The GA3P mission is to facilitate a platform for mobilizing artists and development practitioners to educate, advocate, inspire and raise much needed funds for innovative projects to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change, all in furtherance of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and the larger Sustainable Development Agenda.

In 2011, Bobby’s creative muse called him to the musically rich Caribbean. In March, 2011 Bobby travelled to Jamaica to team up with Kingston based Reggae artist Al Pancho to record his Reggae flavored single FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Rhythm tracks were recorded in Kingston and then the crew moved over to Negril for a week to record, explore and be immersed in music both day and night. The tracks were brought home to New York City and completed by Karl Wenninger and Mike Barnes at DMA Studios on 23rd street in Manhattan.

In the autumn of 2011 Bobby returned to the Caribbean, this time to the French West Indies for a 30 day residency at Le Bete a Z’ailes in Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy. At the end of the run Bobby and his group teamed up with French film director Phillippe Ballestrazzi for two beautifully done live videos of Bobby’s song’s FIRE IN BROOKLYN and MONEY THIS THAT. The project was produced by Jean-marc Lefranc and captured the true beauty of an American Artist on foreign soil that no episode of American Idol could ever touch!

In 2007 Bobby signed with the newly formed Los Angeles based indie label Unison Music and relocated to West Hollywood to emerge himself in the L.A. music scene. Bobby became a regular performer at well known Hollywood venues such as Piano Bar and The Hotel Cafe.
The 2009 Unison Music release HELLOS AND GOODBYES firmly established Bobby in the L.A. music scene. Produced by the Grammy nominated team of Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn, and financed by actor Johnny Depp, the HELLOS AND GOODBYES project gave Bobby the important elements of both the production team and the budget to take his recorded music to a higher level. The album brought Bobby to the attention of film director Ash Adams, and Bobby was brought on to compose original music for the award winning short film PETER’S HOPE.

While working on the Unison Music release, Bobby teamed up with his long time friend and associate Derek Drymon at Cartoon Network to compose original music for the CARTOONSTITUTE short, Stockboys of The Apocalypse. THE CARTOONSTITUTE was created to establish a creative think tank and environment in which animators could create characters, stories and projects. A section of Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA was set aside exclusively for the project.

The Hellos and Goodbyes tour brought Bobby to Europe with 2010 performances in Zermatt, Switzerland and Paris, France at the European Independent Film Festival (ECU), including a late night floating show on The River Seine. In partnership with Access Film Music, Bobby did Official Artist Showcases at both the 2009 and 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah as well as a New York City showcase for the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2010.

Bobby Syvarth is now an independent artist, having ended his 4 year partnership with Unison Music, and making the move back to his east coast, New York CIty roots. In 2012 Bobby once again returned to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah for several showcase performances. In February 2012 Bobby teamed up with another Jamaican Reggae artist, I-Octane, this time in New York City, to record an MTV Iggy unplugged set to promote I-Octane’s CRYING TO THE NATION album release. Bobby acted as musical director and guitarist for the project. In April 2012, Bobby joined forces with CILA management and the two are poised to make the upcoming year one of the most exciting in a career that has already seen much success.