Recent Past Work (Selection)
AGING MAGICIAN is an epic new opera-theater work that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. A string quartet and Brooklyn Youth Chorus help Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument.
ABOUT MR. WAU WA
The Mr. Wau Wa Band was formed in 1998 as part of a project at P.S 122, which was celebrating Bertolt Brecht’s centenary. The band was inspired by a photo of Brecht from the ‘20s, performing with some clowns including the famed Karl Valentin and his partner Liesl Karlstadt. Brecht is standing in a cart playing the flageolette, behind a roll-down cartoon drawing of a strong-man being run over by a car full of revellers, with the inscription “Mr. Wau Wa”.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming today announced the artists for the inaugural season of Renée Fleming VOICES, a new concert series that heralds the power of the voice across a wide range of genres. The series includes Broadway favorites such as Hamilton Tony Award® winner Leslie Odom Jr., Tony® winnerAlan Cumming (Cabaret), and Tony® favoriteMegan Hilty, plus acclaimed jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, opera sensationLawrence Brownlee, multidisciplinary performance artist Rinde Eckert, and composer and jazz pianist Billy Childs, who will bring to life his Grammy Award® Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro.
AGING MAGICIAN is a new music-theatre work, a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, AGING MAGICIAN moves us along with Harold, from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man’s vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage. This work features vocalist Rinde Eckert, a musical set by Mark Stewart and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and string quartet.
PART OF JERRY GRANELLI'S RESIDENCY
Jerry Granelli celebrates 76 years of life and 60 years of music performance in a residency at The Stone in NYC. Rinde will be joining him and fellow musicians for a live show of Sandhills Reunion on January 8th.
SCHICK MACHINE returns to San Francisco
See virtuoso percussionist Steven Schick explore a visually stunning theatrical stage filled with huge invented instruments and sound sculptures by Paul Dresher, Daniel Schmidt & Matt Heckert and with text and direction by Rinde Eckert.
Rinde makes his way to Rangely, CO to perform at THE TANK as a part of Rinde's Odyssey. Forty years ago, when its unique acoustic potential was first recognized by Bruce Odland, The TANK — an empty steel water tank in Rangely, Colorado — began its secret life as a recording destination for a dedicated group of musicians.
9000 miles. East coast. West coast. Heartland in Between. At each stop he is evolving his performance of My Fools: A Life in Song, performing in friends' living rooms, theaters, museums and universities.
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Rinde Eckert and fellow musicians from the 2004 album Sandhills Reunion perform the work on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 pm at National Sawdust as part of Rinde's curated series at the new venue. U.S. Premiere.
As part of Two River Theatre's 2015-16 season in Red Bank, NJ, see Pericles by William Shakespeare reimagined with original music and lyrics by Rinde Eckert and direction by David Schweizer.