Writer. Librettist. Composer.
With a virtuosic command of gesture, language and song, this total theatre artist moves beyond the boundaries of what a 'play,' a 'dance piece,' an 'opera' or 'musical' might be, in the service of grappling with complex issues.
Eckert describes many of his characters as "little men with big ideas whose consequences of their hubris are often disastrous."
Sometimes tragic and austere, sometimes broadly comedic, entirely grounded by presence, his work is alchemical: moving from rumination and distillation to hard-won illumination, or its lack.
Announcing the inaugural season of VOICES from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, featuring Rinde Eckert and other top music artists such as Leslie Odom Jr., Megan Hilty, Alan Cumming and others.
"But it was Eckert's tour de force performance that dominated "My Lai."" -John von Rheim from Chicago Tribune on My Lai at Harris Theater January 29, 2016
See the promo video from Five Beasts by Rinde Eckert in collaboration with Ned Rothenberg, Adam Matta and Mark DeChiazza, from its premiere performance at Les Subsistances in Lyon France, March 2015. Film by Mark DeChiazza.
The album Lonely Motel by Cedille Records and Eighth Blackbird with Rinde Eckert and Steven Mackey wins the 2011 Grammy for Best Performance by a Small Ensemble.
Playbill's Michael Gioga writes on Rinde Eckert being named Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's inaugural artist.