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”; a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); and his acclaimed Hello Earth – the Music of Kate Bush. 2017 marked Bleckmann’s ECM Records debut as a leader, with his quintet record Elegy, produced by legendary label founder, Manfred Eicher. Bleckmann’s many collaborators include Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Frances MacDormand, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years. He has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the David Letterman show with Laurie Anderson.
Bleckmann, who has consistently appeared in the top spots in DownBeat polls, is a recipient of the prestigious JAZZ ECHO award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie in his native Germany.
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“A jazz vocalist for the 21st Century” – Wall St. Journal – January 2017
Elegy is that rare leader debut where the confidence of its participants has placed them in a position with nothing left to prove. All About Jazz Jan. 20, 2017