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Red Hen Press: At the Kitchen Table with Rinde and Ellen
Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

Red Hen Press: At the Kitchen Table with Rinde and Ellen

The theatre of Ellen McLaughlin of Angels in America and Rinde Eckert, known for his Kennedy Center performances and little men with big ideas characters, juxtaposed with the poetry of Victoria Chang and Allison Joseph, carries the viewer into a spin of story floating between the poetic and the theatrical.

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Iron & Coal - World Premiere
May
3
to May 4

Iron & Coal - World Premiere

Iron & Coal is a powerful new theatrical concert by acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld. Taking inspiration from his father’s memoir, Iron & Coal strives to find meaning in a life and relationship built from the ashes after Schonfeld’s father spent a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of ten. The ghosts of a distant and vanished world, both of horror and the iron will to survive, mix with the present in this remarkable world-premiere production.

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My Lai presented by Hancher Auditorium
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

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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My Lai presented by UCLA
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

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 Cal Performances
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

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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MR. WAU-WA returns to LETHE LOUNGE
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

MR. WAU-WA returns to 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 with Orchestra 2001 in NY
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Rinde with Orchestra 2001 in NY

Soloist Rinde Eckert in Steven Mackey’s oratorio “Slide” with Orchestra 2001

LOCATION: National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
DATE: Friday, November 17, 2017
TIME: 7:00 PM

Orchestra 2001 is located in Philadelphia, PA under Executive Director Adam Lesnick.

Orchestra 2001 presents SLIDE by composer Steven Mackey and librettist Rinde Eckert. The performances will feature Mackey (guitar/narrator) and Eckert (actor/singer) depicting a lonely psychologist’s experiments and memories of lost love. The staged production will be directed by Mark DeChiazza and crosses many musical genres, featuring music from Mackey’s Grammy-winning album Lonely Motel.

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Rinde with Orchestra 2001 in PA
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Rinde with Orchestra 2001 in PA

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Soloist Rinde Eckert in Steven Mackey’s oratorio “Slide” with Orchestra 2001

LOCATION:  Venice Island Performing Arts Center (250 seats)
DATE: Thursday, November 16, 2017
TIME: 7:00 PM

Orchestra 2001 is located in Philadelphia, PA under Executive Director Adam Lesnick.

Orchestra 2001 presents SLIDE by composer Steven Mackey and librettist Rinde Eckert. The performances will feature Mackey (guitar/narrator) and Eckert (actor/singer) depicting a lonely psychologist’s experiments and memories of lost love. The staged production will be directed by Mark DeChiazza and crosses many musical genres, featuring music from Mackey’s Grammy-winning album Lonely Motel.

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Rinde with Orchestra 2001 in NJ
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Rinde with Orchestra 2001 in NJ

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Soloist Rinde Eckert in Steven Mackey’s oratorio “Slide” with Orchestra 2001

LOCATION:  Princeton University Sound Kitchen, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
DATE: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
TIME: 8:00 PM

Orchestra 2001 is located in Philadelphia, PA under Executive Director Adam Lesnick

Orchestra 2001 presents SLIDE by composer Steven Mackey and librettist Rinde Eckert. The performances will feature Mackey (guitar/narrator) and Eckert (actor/singer) depicting a lonely psychologist’s experiments and memories of lost love. The staged production will be directed by Mark DeChiazza and crosses many musical genres, featuring music from Mackey’s Grammy-winning album Lonely Motel.

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My Fools at Bryn Mawr College
Oct
6
to Oct 7

My Fools at Bryn Mawr College

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Fri-Sat | Oct 6-7 | 8 PM | Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Pulitzer Prize finalist and GRAMMY® Award-winner Rinde Eckert brings a mash-up evening of music and characters from his 30 years of theater, experimental opera, and multidisciplinary creations. On a 9,000-mile cross-country road trip, Eckert has evolved My Foolsthrough performances in living rooms and theaters, museums, and universities. Opening up his artistic archive of past works, he re-animates smart, clownish, driven, and doomed characters—a masterly blend of the broadly comedic, tragic and austere.

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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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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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