Paul Dresher: Slow Fire
Eckert is like Laurie Anderson with an attitude or Tom Waits with a voice...
Framed by a Dresher score that integrates hyper-kinetic, minimalist funk,
mysterious atmospheres, gamelan cycles, and some burning electric guitar,
Eckert gives a mesmerizing recitation... psychotic in its raw power."
"An essential piece...
One of the most fruitful pieces of new music theater to come out of the
US in the last couple of decades."
Paul Dresher's "electric
opera" Slow Fire with Rinde
Eckert, two of America's most dynamic forces in contemporary performance
collaborate to create a truly original musical experience that has been
described as a "tour de force of intellectual and emotional artistry...
a masterpiece" (San
Francisco Chronicle). A haunting musical monodrama about a paranoid-delusional
man and his search for values in a rapidly changing world, Slow Fire blends
the forms of opera, rock, and post-minimalist electronic music, pushing
the boundaries of music theatre to a new and breathtaking breakthrough.
Slow Fire "makes much celebrated post-modern music theatre seem not
just impressionistic, but escapist by comparison" (Village Voice).
music has diverse roots, including contemporary classical music, rock 'n'
roll, minimalism, and his years of study of the classical musics of India,
Africa, and Indonesia. His music creates a rich, expansive sonic experience
that "ranges from delicately layered chamber work to throbbing
contrapuntal textures that hit with the crash of high-voltage rock" (Newsweek).
Writer-singer Rinde Eckert's performances have been described by John Rockwell
(New York Times) as "the most striking performance art this writer
has encountered since the early days of Laurie Anderson."
Having played to tens of thousands of enthusiastic viewers
across the country, Slow Fire is "music/theatre that firmly places Dresher in
the forefront of the new breed of American composers" (San Francisco
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Sleeping With The Light On
The Magazine Dream
The Sunday Paper
Match Stick Empire
Without A Word
Music by Paul Dresher
Lyrics by Rinde Eckert
Performed by Rinde Eckert and
the Paul Dresher Ensemble
Total Time 57:18
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