The Beach=Culture series will present a pop-up concert with Rinde Eckert, who will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway. In My Fools: A Life in Song, he presents a survey of the smart, clownish, driven and doomed characters who are his stock-in-trade. Limited seating; please RSVP at https://rindeeckertatacbh.eventbrite.com
Eckert has been creating performances in theater, experimental opera, and his own unique idiom for over thirty years. As a composer, director, librettist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, his work spans genres and ranges from solo outings to large multidisciplinary events. Throughout the month of September, he is traveling over four thousand miles by car across the U.S., stopping to perform at both friends’ living rooms and art venues from state to state. At each stop he is refining My Fools, delving backward into his archive while traveling forward to the western edge of the country. Organizers said they are honored to present a pop-up evening of song, dramatic monologue, and music with this singular artist. Follow his travels on twitter #rindesodyssey #rindeontheroad.
Rinde Eckert’s productions have toured throughout the U.S. and been presented at major European and Asian festivals. Sometimes tragic and austere, sometimes broadly comedic, entirely grounded by his singular presence, his work is alchemical: moving from rumination and distillation to hard-won illumination or failure. He began his career in the 1980’s, writing librettos for Paul Dresher (Pioneer, Power Failure, Slow Fire, Ravenshead), and composing dance scores for choreographers Sarah Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins. Eckert began composing and performing his own music/theater works in 1992 with The Gardening of Thomas D, an homage to Dante which subsequently toured the United States and France. His works And God Created Great Whales, Horizon and Orpheus X garnered Drama Desk Nominations and the Lucille Lortel Award off-Broadway. Current theater and music projects in which he performs include My Lai with the Kronos Quartet; The Aging Magician with Paola Prestini and Beth Morrison Productions; and Five Beasts with composer/performer Ned Rothenberg and beat box artist Adam Matta. Among his many awards, Eckert was a 2007 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his work Orpheus X and won a 2011 Grammy Award with 8th Blackbird for Lonely Motel.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. See
annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture or annenbergbeachhouse.com.
- Submitted by Naomi Okuyama