Theo Bleckmann: Anteroom: Presscuts
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Release Date: 21.06.2005
TT Catalogue No: 4483
"Theo Bleckmann was the voice of the aliens in the sci-fi-comedy "men
black". Since moving from Germany in 1989 he has worked with everyone of
rank and importance in the New York avant garde scene, from Laurie Anderson to
Philip Glass to vocalist/performance artist Meredith Monk (whose ensemble he
belongs to). In the 45 plus minute-long title-piece of his new album, Bleckmann
layers choirs, strings, solo celli, solo flutes, afro vocals and creates an atmosphere
of an "outer room that opens into another room, often used as
a waiting room“. If it didn't say "The Bleckman: voice" and "no
have been used to alter the sound or pitch of the voice" you would think
the creator of these magical sounds was a genius sampling wizzard. But vocalist
(!) Bleckmann, in whose live-repertoire songs by Kurt Weill have an equal standing
by Kraftwerk, did everything with his mouth. What the Chicago Reader said about
his concerts („You’re going to a Theo Bleckmann concert? Forget everything
you have heard before!“) is also true for "anteroom". The ambient
album of the year?"
Keys, Albrecht Piltz, Germany
- "An unbelievable creature, a muse on wordless angels’ tongues
that descends in spirals down to earth. The 38 year-old Theo Bleckmann, born
Dortmund and now a longtime New Yorker, has created loops that are not bound
to time and
layered them with his incomparable vocal artistry. The results are through
and through spherical, never new age, but more like an accoustic Rorschach
"He avoids fulfilling the audience’s expectations with humble elegance
and technical brilliance. His intonation leaves no doubt and the diamond-sharp
clarity of his three and a half octave-range undertakes great intervallic
leaps, throwing in percussive phrases into semi dreamy harmonies. Beyond that he
entertains a delicate sense of nuances and humor. Bleckmann’s creative superiority is not afraid of pure beauty nor overwrought fun and caricatures of kitsch."
Norbert Krampf -- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Rarely are singers so true to themselves in their performance that you feel
you really know who they are, even without being told in words. And it's
impossible to describe his music. Avantgarde doesn't quite do it, it's too
emotionally moving for that. Check him out and define him for yourself.
composer-pianist Kirk Nurock says: 'He doesn't just take you to another
planet. He creates new planets and takes you there. That's how original this
Tessa Souter -- AllaboutJazz
- Theo Bleckmann is a singer who often sounds like
he's only recently fallen to earth. Using his three-and-a-half-octave range,
Bleckmann is as adept at exploring new possibilities for wordless sounds as
he is at delivering a sparely elegant rendition of Cole Porter's "Every
Time We Say Goodbye." His
utterances can seem like an aural Rorschach of Arabic tongue clicking, Japanese,
machinery noise, and bird chirping, while still remaining unaffected and accessible.
Andrew Velez --OUT Magazine USA
- His vocal works are woven by subtle change
of each tone, which evokes a
transparent prism showing different colors and shades through the light.
ethereal feeling of space is quite unique and original to him. He can use
the most complicated methods of vocal expression, but also can express
a profound beauty in the most simplest way which is overwhelming. Theo Bleckmann
understand the essence of music and the heart of songs deeply, and is able
to express those spirits with extremely sensitive and warm humane vocals.
Even the most subtle nuance of the music can be captured and expressed with
his amazing sensitivity.
Yuko Zama - OUT THERE, Japan
Alicia Zuckermann, New York Magazine
Theo Bleckmann is an uncommon male singer, a talented navigator who boldly
surges against melodic currents yet always remains captain of his craft.
Bleckmann is a vocal acrobat, he is capable of interpreting ballads most
sensitively and puts so much yearning into his voice that your heart almost
Vocal artist Theo Bleckmann provides a powerful incentive not only to
attend but also to leave expectations at the door.
- Neil Tesser,
When he sings, a gentle breeze moves through the room.
- Die Zeit,
Bleckmann's voice is capable of creating warmth by giving you cold
- Karsten Mützelfeld, Notes, Germany
Theo Bleckmann sounds like he can sing anything
- Bob Blumenthal,
- "...you will find his style unique. Him being able to treat his singing from a baroque or contemporary point of view shows his greatness and the emotions that come with it. Theo Bleckmann possesses a timbre delicate and silky and he knows how to use it. He also has the technical vocal capabilities of the most diverse cultures. A very big success, that takes us away from the endless reincarnation of those homage records. One voice that works; there aren't many."
- Philippe Mêziat, Jazz Magazine France