Theo Bleckmann, voice; Ben Monder guitar
“so virtuosic and inventive a pair…the two share a subtle discipline that results in a focused, cohesive whole” – Downbeat
“Bleckmann possesses technique so colossal, yet so meticulous, he can seem otherworldly, an android-like embodiment of sci-fi vocalisms, a bodily vessel for that voice.” – AllAboutJazz
Grammy-nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann’s diverse recorded work includes albums of Las Vegas standards, Weimar art songs and popular “bar songs”; a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives with jazz/rock collective Kneebody; his acclaimed Hello Earth – the Music of Kate Bush and his new ECM recording with Elegy. Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors and composers, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and Meredith Monk. Bleckmann has consistently appeared in the top-five spots in the DownBeat Critics’ Polls for Best Male Vocalist and top-ten spots in their Readers’ Polls.
A musician in the New York area for 30 years, guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory from 2002-2005. He was also the recipient of a Doris Duke Artist Award in 2014. Ben continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in an ongoing duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 130 CDs as a sideman, and has released 5 as a leader.
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