ROBERT KRAMER - BIOGRAPHY
An accomplished stage and studio musician and composer, Robert Kramer has been a mainstay on the midwest music scene for over 20 years. His vocal and compositional styles have been compared to such artists as Sting, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & others. He is skilled in keyboards, guitars, vocals and composition from many styles of music from rock and pop to blues, jazz, classical, orchestral and folk. Kramer has independently produced and released a number of solo projects, and has performed on and produced other artists releases.
Although starting his career in the early 70's as a musician for other bands, he became involved writing avante-garde novelty rock/jazz music loosely based on the compositions of Frank Zappa & the early Mothers of Invention and toured with the theatrical show band "Dr. Bizarro & The Disgustos". Performing mostly for custom vanner festivals, playing in front of as many as 10,000 or more in outdoor venues, the act had an ever-changing line-up, and despite a growing fanbase among the vanner crowd, a mention of the band and its fanbase in Rolling Stone, and a brief re-union in the early 90's, the group dis-banded, but not before recording an unreleased series of albums.
“The early days with the Dr Bizarro band were some of the best times of my life. We did it because we had the passion for music, although we never made a dime. ”
— Robert Kramer
"Working with Napoleon was a dream come true for me. He taught me many things during our recording session. One of the most important was the "space between the notes", to let the music breathe like it is a living thing...and it really is..I came to respect music as a gift I am given to share with others...music is a powerful and positive force, used correctly. I am proud to call him my friend..he made me a better musician..
- Robert Kramer
From 2007 to 2013, he targeted his songwriting skills towards composing tracks for film and tv, having music placed in the popular CBS soap opera "The Young & The Restless", Byron Allens' Entertainment Studios and various video and independent film projects.
Following his release for 2017, "Shadow Logic" with styles ranging from pop/rock to pop to jazz, to rhythm & blues to reggae and stadium rock, Robert partnered with John Guerrini and is currently on a tour of the midwest doing a dueling piano act called "Double Treble". He is also planning a new series of recording sessions to begin work on his next album, "Beyond The Great Divide".