The Chicago Artists Workshop Presents:
Justin Roberts and Anna Steinhoff
For nearly 20 years, Justin Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives, helping kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up while allowing parents to remember their own childhoods. Along with his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, Justin has travelled the globe from Hong Kong to New York, and Miami to Seattle, performing at venues and festivals such as LEGO land, Ravinia, Lollapolooza and Austin City Limits festival. Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he’s been featured on Nick Jr. TV, and has received three GRAMMY nominations for his work.
On the other end of the musical spectrum, Anna Steinhoff specializes in baroque cello and viola da gamba, in addition to the modern cello. She is principal cellist of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and is a member of the Haymarket Opera Company, Third Coast Baroque, Wayward Sisters and Second City Musick.
Justin’s latest album, Wild Life, is his 14th album for families and his most personal project yet. Inspired by the birth of their first child, Justin wrote cello parts for Anna into almost every track. They were joined by an eclectic group of instrumentalists including pianist Lisa Kaplan (Eighth Blackbird), percussionist Gerald Dowd (Robbie Fulks), and vocalist Nora O’Connor (Flat Five, the Decemberists). Wild Life includes songs about anticipation, uncertainty, unconditional love and advice for a life well-lived, and aims to evoke the wonder of what poet Mary Oliver called this “one wild and precious life.”