Guided by artistic desire and a true lover of artistry in all of its forms, Robert Lundberg has become a highly regarded photographer and filmmaker, lauded for his innovative and versatile documentaries covering the worlds of music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his formative years in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City where he more actively pursued a full-time career in art and film. Uniquely focused on seeking out the next big artistic challenge, Lundberg chose to pursue one of his most ambitious projects at the beginning of 2020 when he launched his new documentary series entitled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting in February of 2020, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors with Lundberg’s primary goal to gain a particular insight into their creative processes which can only be thoroughly deciphered by truly going behind the scenes. With Uncontaminated Sound, Lundberg’s purpose is to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that take place during interviews and other similar social and private interactions with artists and performers. Mainstream features are often heavily and unevenly edited, offering viewers only individual, preferred moments. In contrast, Lundberg is dedicated to delivering to you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
We’ve arrived at episode 44 of the Uncontaminated Sound series, and it’s perhaps Lundberg’s most noteworthy conversation yet. Recently, Lundberg connected with the chart-topping, Billboard and Emmy-nominated pianist, composer, and arranger Arthur Hanlon. This is a musician whose accolades cannot be understated; he is undoubtedly one of the most well-known, and popular figures in Latin music today. In a career that has spanned over two decades, Hanlon has etched out a legendary career for himself, becoming the only pianist to top the Billboard Latin charts.
Growing up in Detroit as the son of Irish American parents, Hanlon was a virtuoso pianist almost right from when he started playing at the age of six. By 15, he was playing in bands around Detroit, concealing his age so he’d be let in. He studied piano in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a Master’s Degree. His most recent album was 2016’s Viajero, a hit throughout Latin America and Spain. An ambitious artist in his own right, Hanlon shares a lot in common with Lundberg when it comes to their unlimited artistic desire.
About five years ago, Hanlon, in cooperation with Sony Music Latin, began a highly visionary endeavour, recording an audio/video project that included filming and recording iconic Latin songs in seven different countries, which included Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the United States.
Commenting on his chat with Hanlon, Lundberg shares,
“What defines us? Is it the greater external social need to categorize, to simplify complexity into groupings and classifications that in general make the world easier to understand? Like in most fields, music, of course, is broken down into segregated genres with a social connotation, but what happens when an artist crosses those boundaries?
“Arthur Hanlon did just that, born in Detroit to Irish-American parents, he soon found himself as one of Latin America’s prominent pianists, songwriters, and arrangers.
“In this energetic conversation, we dive deep into his category-breaking path, playing a cultural heritage site, and discuss his recent HBO special. Paired with a bit of piano riffs and a few absent-minded moments on my end, conversation 044 truly is Uncontaminated Sound.”
Lundberg has more interviews to come with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be a part of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews in the coming weeks and months. Lundberg has already been bringing you his ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound which takes a look behind the scenes to get a look at performers before they take the stage. The series has featured Macklemore’s Gemini Tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Ron English, We Are Scientists, Rufus Wainwright and more. Lundberg’s photography has been highlighted in publications such as Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and more.