All concerts at White Box Live Arts, Liberty Station
2590 Truxton Rd #205 San Diego, CA
Tickets at the door: $20/$10 students
Bonnie Wright 619-987-6214
Wednesday, Aug 19 • 7:30 pm
Theo Bleckmann, Singer/Composer
Joshua White, Pianist
A (jazz) singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, GRAMMY® nominated and ECM recording artist Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as “from another planet” (New York Times), as “magical, futuristic,” (AllAboutJazz), “limitless” MORE
(Citypaper, Philadelphia) “transcendent” (Village Voice) and “brilliant” (New York Magazine). Aside from his many projects as a leader in jazz, improvised, electronic, ambient and contemporary classical music, Bleckmann has performed with musicians, artists, actors and composers, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Merce Cunningham, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years.
He has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the David Letterman show with Laurie Anderson. Bleckmann has been a long-time admirer of San Diego’s own Joshua White. This Fresh Sound concert brings them together for the first time. more...
Joshua White is one of the music scene’s most creative and technically accomplished pianists. Praised by legendary musicians like Herbie Hancock as having “immense talent” and lauded for his “daring and courageous approach to improvisation … on the cutting edge of innovation”, Joshua has distinguished himself as a formidable leader of distinct voice among his peers. MORE
Born and raised in Southern California, Joshua received early training at the piano and developed rapidly through rigorous study of both Western European Classical literature and the Black American Music traditions. Shortly after placing in the top two as a finalist of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, Joshua began performing as a soloist and musical collaborator all over the world -- and continues to maintain an active touring schedule throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. His most frequent collaborators include Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Eric Revis, Michael Dessen, Steph Richards, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Jeff Parker, Alex Cline, Josh Johnson, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dwight Trible, Marshall Hawkins, and Gilbert Castellanos, among many others. Additionally, Joshua White can currently be seen and heard leading various configurations of his piano trio (#JWTrio) featuring Dean Hulett, Alex Boneham, Anna Butterss (bass) and Tyler Kreutel, Christian Euman, Dan Schnelle (drums)..." more...