Robert Een and The Musical Giants of Manhattan

The Club
March 11 - 14, 2004


Robert Een returns to The Club LaMaMa for four performances with his newest ensemble, The Musical Giants of Manhattan. The evening will be the third installment of "Live from the East Village," a New Music series in The Club which was conceived and curated by Nicky Paraiso, the "cultural minister" of The Club.

Robert Een is an acclaimed composer, cellist and singer. The recipient of a 2000 "Bessie Award" for sustained achievement, Een has performed his music on stages and in unusual venues throughout the world, including the Buddhist caves of Ellora, India; the Shinto shrine in Tsurugi, Japan; a theater above the Arctic circle in Norway; and New York venues including Lincoln Center, The Whitney Museum and the Knitting Factory. The Village Voice has called his work "Joyous...a roller coaster of postminimal-jazz energy that could engage any audience."

The Musical Giants of Manhattan features some of New York¹s finest musicians, including hand drum virtuoso Hearn Gadbois, guitarist John Guth, saxophonist Michael Zsoldas, vocalists Tim Hall, Nina Mankin, Toby Newman and Sara Robledo, and special surprise guests, all led by Robert Een.

Daniel Buckley wrote in the Tucson Citizen, "Take a vigorous slice of minimalist pulse and pure tonality, add a global backbeat, Meredith Monk-ish vocal stylings, overtone explorations in voice and instruments and a soundtracklike sense of motion and progression and you have the musical world of cellist/singer Robert Een." Buckley also wrote, "Robert Een is a conjuring compositional alchemist whose music takes you places the way Nina Rota's scores to Fellini films do. His music ranges from introspective to vibrant, funky and rollicking, and never sounds anything shy of original and inviting."

Een recently composed and performed what Margo Jefferson of The New York Times called "a moving score" for Dan Hurlin¹s theater piece, "Hiroshima Maiden." Een¹s newest recording, "Mystery Dances," has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with Lianne Hansen and on WNYC¹s New Sounds with John Schafer.

Een's last appearance in The Club was in a shared evening with Bill Ruyle in January, 2002.

This is the only New York appearance for The Musical Giants of Manhattan before they depart for performances in Las Vegas, Hollywood, and the capitals of Eastern Europe.

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