Known for his use of extended vocal/cello techniques and genre-bending music, Robert Een presents a chamber version of his opera, “The Escape Artist” as well as a song cycle of Walt Whitman poems, and more.
From the Pushkin Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia to a night club in Tokyo, Japan; from the Buddhist caves of Ellora, India, to a theater above the Arctic Circle in Norway composer Robert Een returns to Roulette April 11, 2012. Presenting a chamber version of his opera, “The Escape Artist” program highlights will also include “Subtle Electric Fire” a song cycle of Walt Whitman poems, and the “Tansen Suite” inspired by the Indian singer of the 14th century whose voice it is said could cause spontaneous combustion. The composer, performing on cello and voice will be joined by giants of the new music scene; Steve Elson – reeds, Bill Ruyle – hammer dulcimer, Toby Newman – voice, and Cliff Hackford – percussion.
Known for his use of extended vocal and cello techniques, Robert Een has recorded sixteen albums of his genre-bending music and has received numerous awards, including an Obie Award and two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards. His music has been featured in Gregory Colbert’s Nomadic Museum, Noah Baumbach’s film Mr. Jealousy and in scores of downtown dance and theater works, including Dan Hurlin, Yoshiko Chuma, David Dorfman and Ron K. Brown.
Robert Een performs from his Obie Award winning score for Hiroshima Maiden, the puppet/theater piece by Dan Hurlin. Just released on the Innova label, the music features the composer on cello and voice, joined by Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer and percussion, and Jeff Berman on vibraphone, marimba, lap dulcimer and percussion.
“The incredible music by Robert Een mixes jazz, Asian, vocal and instrumental music in moving and melodious ways.”
– Paulanne Simmons, Brooklyn Papers
Robert Een is an acclaimed composer, cellist and singer. In addition to the 2004 Obie Award, he received a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award for sustained achievement in music composition and performance, and has created numerous scores for film, television, dance and theater, as well as for the concert stage. He has recorded eight albums of his music. His long-time collaboration with Meredith Monk culminated in the evening-length performance, Facing North .
"The cellist/vocalist performers his work with Carter Burwell on accordion, Wayne Hankin on medieval bagpipes, recorders and string drum. and Hearn Gadbois on dumbeks, frame drums and percussion. The music draws on classical, traditional, and folk sources and extended techniques. Een has worked with Meredith Monk, Ping Chong, in his group Psychic Sports, and with cellist Dale Newton on their disc on Blue Earth."