ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK IS PROUD TO PRESENT
A LIVE MUSICAL COLLABORATION WITH
THEO BLECKMAN & URI CAIN
FEBRUARY 9 AT NATIONAL SAWDUST
New York, NY: Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is proud to announce its collaboration with Theo Bleckman & Uri Cain in “WinterICE” at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY.
Grammy ® Award-nominated Theo Bleckmann, otherworldly vocalist and composer who has “a remarkable array of extended techniques and sound effects at his disposal” (New York Times) performs Schubert’s song cycle “Die Winterreise” as reimagined by himself and Grammy Award-nominated pianist Uri Caine. In a first for National Sawdust, the venue will be turned into an ice skating rink, as ice skaters from the Ice Theatre of New York complement the music with a wintry experience over synthetic ice, led by their artistic director Moira North.Founder/ Director Moira North said, “Ice Theatre of New York has been talking with Theo for some time and we are excited to see our plans become reality!”
WHEN: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.
WHERE: National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
About Theo Bleckmann
Grammy Award-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” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); and his acclaimed “Hello Earth – the Music of Kate Bush.” Bleckmann has appeared as a special guest on recordings by Ambrose Akinmusire for Blue Note Records and Julia Hülsmann’s trio for ECM Records. Bleckmann’s recording of his own compositions with his “ideally attuned” (The Guardian, Feb. 9, 2017) Elegy Quintet, was produced by legendary ECM label head and founder, Manfred Eicher. It was reviewed by the Guardian’s John Fordham: “…[His] lightness of touch and the band’s independence (several pieces are instrumentals) ensure that startling music-making is the overarching theme.” Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors and composers, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, 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. In 2015, Bleckmann premiered a new work for the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and in 2016 brought new work to the New York Philharmonic Biennial and the LA Philharmonic. 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, and his work on Phil Kline’s “Out Cold” helped win WQXR’s Operavore “Best Opera of 2012” title for that production. In 2010, Bleckmann received the prestigious JAZZ ECHO award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie in his native Germany.
About Uri Caine
Since coming to New York in 1985, Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist Uri Caine has recorded 33 albums as a leader, most recently the album “Space Kiss” with the Lutoslawski Quartet (816 Music 2017), and projects with his ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Mozart, Verdi, Schumann, and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He also leads the electric Bedrock trio. He was nominated for a Grammy award for “Othello Syndrome” (Winter & Winter) in 2009. Caine composed “The Passion of Octavius Catto” for the Philadelphia Orchestra with gospel choir celebrating the life of murdered Philadelphia civil rights leader Octavius Catto (2017). Caine, who directed the 2003 Venice Biennale, has received commissions to compose for the Vienna Volksoper, the BBC concert orchestra, Concerto Koln, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Arditi Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio among others.
About Ice Theatre of New York
Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) has changed the face of figure skating by creating works that integrate the sensibilities of movement, music and art. Its mission is to elevate dance on ice as a performance art.Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that opens one’s eyes to seeing skating in unexpected ways. ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to building and performing works of artistic merit, ITNY also reaches out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through education, community outreach and training programs.
Ice Theatre of New York’s programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Ice Theatre of New York receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Pioneer Fund, the Richard T. Button Foundation, the Victor C. & Clara C. Battin Foundation, the Will Sears Fund and its generous private patrons.
For more information on Ice Theatre of New York or to purchase tickets for upcoming shows call 212.929.5811, or visit www.icetheatre.org.