My Lai at Singapore International Festival of Arts
Aug
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

My Lai at Singapore International Festival of Arts

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the horrific 1968 massacre of more than 500 Vietnamese villagers by American soldiers in My Lai, Vietnam, comes a commemorative music performance. My Lai reminds us all of the horrors of the battlefield and the blight of the Vietnam War on the American soul.

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My Lai NY Premiere at BAM
Sep
27
to Sep 30

My Lai NY Premiere at BAM

Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival


Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert & Vân-Ánh Võ
Music by Jonathan Berger
Libretto by Harriet Scott Chessman

"On March 16, 1968, in South Vietnam, US Army pilot Hugh Thompson, Jr. nosed his helicopter down three times into the carnage at My Lai in an attempt to stop the civilian massacre. In this fevered character study of the once-vilified, now-lionized soldier, composer Jonathan Berger enlists South Asian zithers and xylophones and an amplified Kronos Quartet to consider the line between duty and conscience. Tenor Rinde Eckert portrays the latter-day Thompson, who—in a manic barrage of soldier speak, gritty poetry, and hallucinatory recollection—reflects on a decisive moment when breaking rank in the name of human decency forever changed the public perception of a war."

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My Lai presented by Cal Performances
Mar
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

My Lai presented by Cal Performances

It was nearly 50 years ago that American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers at My Lai. Kronos Quartet's fully staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and novelist Harriet Scott Chessman revisits the horrors of that day and its aftermath, from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger's "richly evocative" and "hauntingly beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle) score blends Rinde Eckert's expressive voice with string quartet augmented by traditional Vietnamese instruments played by Vân Anh Võ, and an electronic soundscape of helicopters, voices, and snippets of American blues. 

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My Lai presented by UCLA
Mar
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

My Lai presented by UCLA

For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagining the string quartet experience. Kronos’ adventurous approach dates back to the ensemble’s origins. In 1973, David Harrington was inspired to form Kronos after hearing George Crumb’s Black Angels, a highly unorthodox, Vietnam War-inspired work featuring bowed water glasses, spoken word passages and electronic effects. Kronos revisits the inspiration for the founding of the group with My Lai...

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My Lai presented by Hancher Auditorium
Mar
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

My Lai presented by Hancher Auditorium

Hancher has enjoyed a long and creatively fruitful relationship with both the Kronos Quartet and UI alum Rinde Eckert. For My Lai, the string quartet and the vocalist come together with Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ to lay bare the tragedy of the 1968 massacre at My Lai. The story of the destruction of the village at the hands of American soldiers is told from the perspective of Hugh Thompson, a helicopter pilot who tried to intervene and who was vilified for reporting what he had witnessed.

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Saturday, February 4th Mr. Wau Wa Band at Mark Ettinger’s Lethe Lounge
Feb
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Saturday, February 4th Mr. Wau Wa Band at Mark Ettinger’s Lethe Lounge

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”.

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RINDE'S KENNEDY CENTER DEBUT: INAUGURAL SEASON OF RENEE FLEMING'S VOICES
Feb
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

RINDE'S KENNEDY CENTER DEBUT: INAUGURAL SEASON OF RENEE FLEMING'S VOICES

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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.

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ASU GAMMAGE presents Aging Magician
Jan
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

ASU GAMMAGE presents Aging Magician

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.

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THE TANK at Rangely
Sep
1
12:00am12:00am

THE TANK at Rangely

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. 

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Rinde's Odyssey
Sep
1
to Oct 31

Rinde's Odyssey

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.

Follow his travels on Facebook and Twitter
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My Lai with the Kronos Quartet at Harris Theater Millenium Park
Jan
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

My Lai with the Kronos Quartet at Harris Theater Millenium Park

This World Premiere of My Lai, a new operatic work composed by San Francisco Bay Area composer and Stanford University Professor of Music Jonathan Berger will be performed by Rinde Eckert, Kronos Quartet and Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, traditional Vietnamese musician  at Harris Theater Millenium Park in Chicao, IL in January 2016.

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Rinde Eckert Presents: Big Farm at National Sawdust
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Rinde Eckert Presents: Big Farm at National Sawdust

On November 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm see curator Rinde Eckert's presentation of Big Farm at National Sawdust.

The band explains: “Big Farm is a place where serious counterpoint can meet burlesque, earnestness meet abandon; a place where they can kick it or take it to tea, reflect, attack, mourn, dance, pray, or mock with ease or determination, joy or fervor, using any and all means necessary. This world is a big farm – lots of different crops, changing weather, livestock, and a duck pond for good measure.”

 

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Mr. Wau-Wa Plays The Songs of Bertolt Brecht at Barbés in Brooklyn
Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mr. Wau-Wa Plays The Songs of Bertolt Brecht at Barbés in Brooklyn

The band Mr. Wau-Wa returns to Barbés on Wednesday, October 14 at 8:00 pm | $10.00

The band is dedicated to performing the songs of Bertolt Brecht as set by his collaborators Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau, as well as some contemporary settings by David Hidalgo (from Los Lobos). Formed with four members of Kamikaze Ground Crew, plus the internationally renowned performance artist Rinde Eckert With Gina Leishman, vox, accordion, pump organ; Rinde Eckert, vox, accordion, pump organ; Doug Wieselman, clarinet, sax, guitar Marcus Rojas, tuba and Kenny Wollesen, drums. $10

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Family Day at OZ Arts in Nashville
Aug
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

Family Day at OZ Arts in Nashville

The centerpiece of this year’s Family Day at OZ Arts in Nashville, TN is Paul Dresher Ensemble’s Sound Maze, an interactive experience of sound and mechanics, consisting of fifteen newly invented musical instruments and sound sculptures that audience members are invited to interact with and improvise upon. 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and Obie Award-winner Rinde Eckert will perform on the myriad of instruments at 1pm.

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Five Beasts: Rinde Eckert & Ned Rothenberg with Adam Matta
Mar
26
to Mar 29

Five Beasts: Rinde Eckert & Ned Rothenberg with Adam Matta

Performer/vocalist Rinde Eckert and composer/performer Ned Rothenberg collaborate with beatbox artist Adam Matta and designer/co-director Mark DeChiazza to workshop and perform a piece that imagines how animals might perceive human beings. Now an evening length work, Five Beasts will premiere in Lyon, France at Les Subsistances March 26 - March 29, 2015 and is available for touring in the 2015-16 season.

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