rob_bigp2Rob Bochnik is a musician, audio engineer, singer and songwriter. He is a guitarist with The Frames, The Swell Season, The Butchershop Quartet and records as a solo artist, having released his own record Blowing Out the Cobwebs in 2007. Most recently he has been touring as a guitarist with Glen Hansard in support of Glen’s 2012 solo record Rhythm & Repose. Rob’s also spent time this year on the re-release of The Butchershop Quartet’s 2001 The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, for two guitars, bass and drums in honor of the 100th anniversary of the piece, with the band performing it live in Chicago & New York.

Rob graduated from DePaul University in Chicago where he studied music, recording, and classical guitar and holds a Bachelor of Science degree for sound recording technology with a minor in physics. After college, Rob further advanced his recording skills while working with Steve Albini at his recording studio, Electrical Audio, as an audio engineer. In addition, Rob played an important role in constructing the studios and overseeing their maintenance. Rob has worked on several projects as an audio engineer including: the “Once” Soundtrack, The Frames’ Setlist and more.

In 2002, Rob began playing guitar and touring with Ireland based band, The Frames. In 2003 he was asked to join the band officially and has recorded and toured around the world with them, honored to share the stage at times with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Levon Helm, among others. In 2008, Rob found himself touring & recording as part of The Swell Season. He played guitar and mandolin on the band’s last release Strict Joy. He has also toured with Colm Mac Con Iomaire in support of the record The Hare’s Corner and with Marketa Irglova in support of her solo record Anar, on which he played on two songs.

Rob is currently working on his second solo record.