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Vocals Pioneer Theo Bleckmann Plays With Adventure and Effects for a Week at The Stone

The Stone

http://thestonenyc.com/calendar.php?month=1

East Second Street & Avenue C New York, NY 10009

Perhaps the only way to describe the extensive work of Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann is not by putting into a genre or categorizing it, but by simply calling it breathtaking. The eclectic composer and vocalist begins a six-night, 12-show residency at The Stone on June 16th that will feature him performing in a variety of settings and styles. Truly bearing something for all, this residency finds him singing straight-ahead jazz, collaborating with many different instrumentalists, and, in one instance, performing solo on “voice, effects, and toys.” Recordings of Bleckmann include jazz albums, Kate Bush covers, solo flights and just about everything in between. Bleckmann’s music is an exploration of what the voice is capable of—and audiences have the opportunity to enjoy a pioneer on the frontiers of vocal performance. See the stonenyc.com for individual show times and dates. Special note: On the final evening Bleckmann will be playing with German pianist Julia Hülsmann in what promises to be a highlight of the week. The set list will highlight inspired material from her quartet album collaborating with Bleckmann, A Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill and America. In a 4-and-a-half star review, DownBeat praises it: “In some fresh and uniquely moving way, the sensitive German pianist Julia Hülsmann’s approach to Weill—as source and influence—is a blissful blending of several different stylistic touch points…Hülsmann’s glorious and newly illuminating visit to Weill’s world” and The Guardian U.K. opines, “This might just be one of the great jazz treatments of the songs of Kurt Weill…not a sound is out of place on this beautifully crafted project.” —Denin Koch


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