Theo Bleckmann is a Grammy-nominated and ECHO award-winning vocalist and composer whose work spans concerts, installations, theater, cabaret, and performance art. He currently tours with his acclaimed Kate Bush song project, Hello Earth! as well as with drummer-composer John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet and Large Ensemble. For over a decade he has performed with guitarist Ben Monder and in Meredith Monk's ensemble, and is a longtime student and mentee of vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. He has collaborated with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Uri Caine, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, and the Bang on a Can All-stars, among others. Bleckmann has garnered praise from The New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and the Village Voice. http://theobleckmann.com
Led by artistic director and cellist Clarice Jensen, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. The ensemble presents cutting-edge literature by living composers alongside the "classics" of the contemporary. Known for their work with the Wordless Music Series as well as indie music icons such as Grizzly Bear, ACME's dedication to new music extends across genres, and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. ACME has performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, All Tomorrow's Parties in England, The Kitchen, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim, and Stanford Lively Arts in California, among others. ACME's instrumentation is flexible, and includes some of New York's most sought-after, engaging musicians. Since its first New York concert season in 2004, the ensemble has performed works by Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Philip Glass, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Wuorinen, Iannis Xenakis, and many more. For more information, www.acmemusic.org.
Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in New York City. She is a frequent collaborator on new music/theater pieces; these include Corey Dargel's Removable Parts, Thirteen Near Death Experiences, and The Three Christs; Susan Bernfield and Rachel Peters' Stretch, a fantasia; Chris Well's Big and Salty; and Phil Kline's Zippo Songs. Opera credits include Les Mamelles de Tirésias at Juilliard Opera; The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck at the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater. She is the Artistic Director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater; highlights include Stage Door, The Cherry Orchard and Conquest of the Universe. Regional work at theaters such as Perseverance Theater, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Southern Rep, Actor's Express, Virginia Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival. She is Adjunct Faculty at New York University, where she teaches directing. www.emmagriffin.net
Andrea Lauer (production and costume designer) Selected Costume Design: Broadway: American Idiot, Bring It On, the Musical. Recent Off Broadway: Midsummer Night's Dream (Classic Stage), RX (Primary Stages), Kiss the Air (Park Avenue Armory). Regional: Guthrie, Alliance, Berkeley Rep, Bay Street, Alley Theatre. Designer in residence for The Trey McIntyre Project Dance Company: Ladies and Gentle Men and Bad Winter (part of 2012 Next Wave), The Sweeter End, Ten Pin Episodes, and Gravity Heroes (set and costumes). Recent theatre and opera: sets: West Side Story (El Paso Opera), costumes: Title and Deed (Signature Theatre), A ...Supposedly Fun Thing (The Chocolate Factory), Imaginary Invalid (BARD SummerScape) and STREB One Extraordinary Day at the London Cultural Olympics.
For over 20 years, American Opera Projects (AOP) has been creating, developing and presenting exclusively new American opera and music Theatre Projects. AOP, based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has presented over 15 world premiere operas including Patience & Sarah (1998), Stefan Weisman's Darkling (2006), and Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking (2008). AOP-developed projects include Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Opera Santa Barbara, 2009; New York City Opera, 2011), Jorge Martín's Before Night Falls (Fort Worth Opera, 2010), Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness (Royal Opera House (UK), 2011), and Jack Perla's Love/Hate (ODC Theater and San Francisco Opera Center, 2012). UPCOMING: Gregory Spears's Paul's Case (AOP/UrbanArias, 2013). www.operaprojects.org
Brooklyn Academy Of Music's (BAM's) mission is to be a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America's oldest performing arts institution, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming-including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational and community programs. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. www.BAM.org
Beginning in September 2011 and continuing for 16 months, the sesquicentennial will celebrate BAM's unique and resonant contribution to the artistic landscape of New York with commemorative events, special programs, and the publication of BAM: The Complete Works(Quantuck Lane)-a narrative and visual chronicle of the institution and its artists. In 2012 BAM looks forward to its exciting future with the unveiling of the newest addition to the BAM campus-the Richard B. Fisher building, the first new BAM venue since the Majestic Theater (now the BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater) opened in 1987.
Pictured: Phil Kline and Theo Bleckmann. Photo by John Labbé for AOP.