Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm
What: Acclaimed flutist Robert Dick and alchemical performer Rinde Eckert present the cross-disciplinary performance Robert: Seriously Amused.
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $18 presale, $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Brooklyn, NY – Robert: Seriously Amused will be acclaimed flutist and composer Robert Dick’s first foray into the world of performance art. Developed with the alchemical performer Rinde Eckert, Seriously Amused is part biography, part philosophy, and more than a bit strange and weird. Along with his famous flute playing, Dick will be singing, moving, thinking, monologuing, and giving his inner-voices free play.
World renowned as a leader in contemporary music for flute, Robert Dick embodies the ideal of the Renaissance artist. With equally deep roots in classical music, free improvisation, and new jazz, he has established himself as an artist who has not only mastered but redefined the instrument. Since he began composing and improvising in the 1970s, he has pursued the core idea that acoustic instruments are capable of sonic vocabularies and musical expression extending far beyond their traditional musical roles. Robert’s music carries this vision of continuous transformation into his aesthetics and style. He draws from the jazz tradition, world musics—especially Indian and African—electronic music and natural sounds. Hallmarks of his work are clarity of structure and vivid timbre. His compositions, striking in the intensity and originality of their emotion, have been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Composers Fellowships and many grants and commissions. In 2014, the National Flute Association honored Robert Dick with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer, and director. His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia. With a virtuosic command of gesture, language, and song, this total theatre artist moves beyond the boundaries of what a ‘play,’ a ‘dance piece,’ an ‘opera’ or ‘musical’ might be, in the service of grappling with complex issues. Eckert describes many of his characters as “little men with big ideas whose consequences of their hubris are often disastrous.” Sometimes tragic and austere, sometimes broadly comedic, entirely grounded in presence, his work is alchemical – moving from rumination and distillation to hard-won illumination, or its lack.