April 03, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Vocalist Theo Bleckmann will present a solo concert Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing Gallery Series of both world music and experimental new music concerts, funded by the Bucknell department of music.

Bleckmann, a Grammy nominee and ECHO award recipient, makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as "from another planet" (New York Times), as "magical, futuristic," (AllAboutJazz), "limitless" (Citypaper, Philadelphia) "transcendent" (Village Voice) and "brilliant" (New York Magazine).

His recent album interpreting the music of Kate Bush ("Hello Earth") has been called "gutsy, supple, and seamless." (Downbeat)."

Bleckmann's vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition (he is a protégé of Sheila Jordan's) as well as "extended vocal techniques" (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk's Vocal Ensemble since 1994). He also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes.

He has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air and appeared on the Letterman show with Laurie Anderson.

Called a "local cult favorite" by The New Yorker, and a "mad genius" by Downbeat magazine, Bleckmann has performed worldwide on stages including Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, the Sydney Opera House, L.A.'s Disney Hall, The Whitney Museum and the new Library in Alexandria, Egypt, with artists including Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Ben Monder, Meredith Monk, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bang On A Can All-stars and John Zorn.

Contact: Division of Communications

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