Theo Bleckmann: voice, electronics
Shai Maestro: piano
Ben Monder: guitar
Chris Tordini: bass
John Hollenbeck: drums
Grammy-nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann’s diverse recorded work includes albums of Las Vegas standards, Weimar art songs, and popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); and his acclaimed Hello Earth — The Music of Kate Bush. Mr. Bleckmann has most recently appeared as a special guest on recordings by Ambrose Akinmusire for Blue Note Records and Julia Hülsmann’s trio for ECM Records. In January 2017 ECM will release Mr. Bleckmann’s recording with his new Elegy Quintet, produced by legendary label head and founder Manfred Eicher. Theo Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors, and composers including Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, te Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Mr. Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for more than 15 years. He has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared with Laurie Anderson on Late Show with David Letterman. In 2015 Mr. Bleckmann premiered a new work for the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and in 2016 his work is being featured in the NY PHIL BIENNIAL and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Bleckmann has consistently appeared in the top-five spots in the DownBeat critics’ polls for Best Male Vocalist and top-ten spots in their readers’ polls, and his work on Phil Kline’s Out Cold helped place that production on WQXR’s Operavore Best Opera of 2012. In 2010 he received the prestigious JAZZ ECHO award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie in his native Germany.