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.
February 7, 2017
By Susan Galbraith
DC Theatre Scene
"...Just as he defies categorization of music styles or voice techniques, Eckert blurs all lines between creator and interpreter. Many performance artists are known for attempting this, but what makes him exceptional is that he is so darn good in all aspects of music-theatre..."
Steven Schick at the Peacock in the Paul Dresher Ensemble production of Schick Machine. | Credit: Chi Wang
What’s inside a Schick Machine? There are diagrams and equations, drawn on butcher paper; huge metal sculptures, balls, and hoops, and bells. A deconstructed pipe organ in the shape of a sunburst — called the Peacock — dominates the space. Somehow, Laszlo Klangfarben dreams, these mechanisms will work together in harmony, reconciling past and future, large and small.
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.