Theo Bleckmann is a Grammy-nominated jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts. He has collaborated with an array of contemporary performers including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Meredith Monk. The Westerlies are a New York-based brass quartet who explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). This Land uses music and texts from Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, Joe Hill, Donald Rumsfeld, and Bertholt Brecht, seeking to balance music’s integral role in protest movements with the power of songs to provide internal solace amidst external turmoil.
“[The Westerlies are] … folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous.”NPR
“Bleckmann is an uncommon male singer, a talented navigator who boldly surges against melodic currents yet always remains captain of his craft.”JazzTimes
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