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Theo Bleckmann: Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush
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After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and being rewarded with a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate's Bush music but taking it to even further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture will be long-time collaborator percussionist John Hollenbeck, bassist Skuli Sverrisson, keyboardist Henry Hey, and special guest, mult-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and back-up vocals.


"Refurbishing Kate Bush's music can prove as intimidating as deconstructing Thelonious Monk, because there's so much to wrap heart and head around. Her lyrics lean toward the esoteric and epigrammatic; she writes diaphanous arrangements and luring melodies that require octave leaps and her songs are often specific to their relative song-cycle albums. Vocalist Theo Bleckmann not only exhibits the necessary musicality to give Bush's material meaningful makeovers, he shows the moxie to pull it off in a manner that doesn't devolve in hagiography [...] rendering songs with unalloyed sound matched with smartness [...] From start to finish, Bleckmann's explorations of his cult hero in the pop world provide the ideal vehicle for him to rise above his own cult status in modern jazz" - John Murph, DOWNBEAT

 

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Bleckmann on WNYC's New Sounds
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