|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
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.