An elaborate multi-vocal and instrumental piece that
combines the story of the famous eighteenth century castrate Carlo Broschi
Farinelli, who was commissioned by King Philip V of Spain to sing the
same four songs every night, and the ancient cautionary tale of the
emperor and the nightengale. In Eckert's story the two come together
in the figure of Carlo, a manic-depressive recluse listening through
the walls of his room to the lives unfolding on the other sides. Carlo
is in possession of an antique mechanical bird that he winds obsessively
every night in the belief that the world is put into motion anew every
morning by the working of this elaborate music box. With original music
by Eckert, performed by Eckert with Jim Kassis, Will Bernard and Clark
Suprynowicz. The work was produced by Lee Townsend, Berkeley, CA.
Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO
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More Rinde Eckert
RINDE ECKERT (Nyack, New
York) is a singer, writer, composer, actor, and director known internationally
for the remarkable flexibility and inventiveness of his singing voice.
His solo pieces and collaborations with other composers, dancers, and
musicians have been performed throughout North America and abroad. Long
celebrated for his performances in multi-media with the Paul Dresher Ensemble
and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, his more recent work as a solo
artist had also attracted considerable attention. John Rockwell, critic
for the New York Times has described Eckert as "the most exciting performance
artist this writer has encountered since the early days of Laurie Anderson."
Other Radio Works
Cold War Diary (1990)
A thought-travelogue. Somewhere in Europe a woman stands at her hotel
window. She looks out over a public square, contemplates the monuments,
writes mental postcards, and more importantly, asks about a person apparently
missing. An intriguing blend of new music/audio art and performance.
Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO.
Shoot The Moving Things (1987-89)
The story of an early morning hunting trip, told by the artist using
electronic voice manipulations, evocative sound, and his exceptional
singing voice. The music is Eckert's own - original new age, rap, rock,
and country gospel. It drives his narrative along giving intensity and
passion to its unfolding.
Shoot The Moving Things was created for Soundings (KPFK, Los Angeles,
Jacki Apple host) and High Performance Magazine in 1987 and reworked
for NEW AMERICAN RADIO in 1989.