Concert Review: Rinde Eckert delivers a display of his versatility

The composer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist offers comic and operatic touches at a USM show.

Portland Press Herald
By Allan Kozinn
September 4, 2016

GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine has an unusual cross-disciplinary project in the works for its new academic year, and on Saturday evening the school presented a concert by the composer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist Rinde Eckert as a glimpse of what’s in store.

Eckert, who lives in New York and is an estimable figure in the avant-garde music-theater world, will be working with his frequent collaborator, the San Francisco-based composer, guitarist and drummer Paul Dresher, as well as the students, faculty and staff of the university’s music, theater and art departments, on a new work to be presented in April...