Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Voice and Electronics » Theo Bleckmann

FRESH SOUND in partnership with UCSD

The Loft
Price Center East, 4th Floor
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0077
La Jolla, CA 92093-0077
$15.00 / $10.00 students
7:30PM - Google Map - UCSD Walking Map to The Loft

"Songs for Voice, Loops, and Toys," a solo voice program of a cappella, electronically processed, and improvised vocal music. Incorporating technology that range in cost from 99 cents to $999, Bleckmann draws from his vast range in jazz, new music, and performance art with a repertoire that includes jazz standards, Guillaume de Machaut, Meredith Monk, and his own compositions and improvisations. This concert illustrates the modern voice in jazz and improvised music, using all facets of the human voice including extended vocal techniques as well as lo and high-tech technology. The use of looping devices and other live electronic processing has become more and more common in jazz circles and among forward thinking vocalists. Much more than a showcase for electronic gimmickry, this concert opens traditional jazz and new music to expand its sonic horizon.

Funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program.


Theo Bleckmann

Theo Bleckmann is a jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, as well as a Grammy nominated and Echo award recipient. He makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as "from another planet" (New York Times), "magical, futuristic" (AllAboutJazz), "limitless" (Citypaper, Philadelphia) "transcendent" (Village Voice) and "brilliant" (New York Magazine). Bleckmann has released a series of gorgeous and irreverent albums on Winter & Winter, including recordings of Las Vegas standards, songs by Berlin Kabarett, popular bar songs (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda), newly arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody), and his new acoustic Solos for Voice–I dwell in possibility. Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians and composers, including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for fifteen years. He has recently been interview by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the David Letterman Show with Laurie Anderson.