Music

Out Cold / Zippo Songs

Phil Kline and Theo Bleckmann
 
World Premiere
 
Oct 25—Oct 27, 2012
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
BAM Fisher
 
Fishman Space
RUN TIME: Approx 1hr 20min
ALL TICKETS:  $20
 
 
 
 
 
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Music and lyrics by Phil Kline
Theo Bleckmann and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

“I often start by telling myself I’m a bad composer but a good arranger and editor, so as soon as I have some notes on the page, I’m no longer composing but arranging and editing. It’s all lies, of course.”
—Phil Kline

Our Show:
Two dramatic song cycles-one based on soldiers' Zippo-lighter poetry about sex, drugs, and death in Vietnam, the other about a man at a bar, peering into the void through the filters of cold, exhaustion, and alcohol (Phil).

Sights and Sounds:
A bar at 2:45am, a voice as smooth as silk, singing sad songs with a 10-piece lounge band from a dark corner of heaven (Phil).

Schubert meets Sinatra at the bar. They discuss:
Beer versus scotch, head versus chest voice, and schnitzel versus roast beef (Theo).

Closest encounter with oblivion:
Locking myself out of my hotel room in my underwear and in a jet-lagged stupor, thinking I was going to the bathroom (Theo).

Stage direction by Emma Griffin
Production and costume design by Andrea Lauer
Lighting design by Mike Inwood

Co-commissioned and co-produced by American Opera Projects

 
 
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Post-Show Artist Talk  
 

with Phil Kline and Theo Bleckmann

Fri, Oct 26

Terrance McKnight moderates this artist talk, which takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.

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Phil Kline
 
Phil Kline
 

Phil Kline makes music in many genres and contexts, from experimental electronics and sound installations to songs, choral, theater, chamber and orchestral works.

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Theo Bleckmann
 
Theo Bleckmann
 

Theo Bleckmann is a Grammy-nominated and ECHO award-winning vocalist and composer whose work spans concerts, installations, theater, cabaret, and performance art.

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American Contemporary Music Ensemble
 
American Contemporary Music Ensemble
 

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.

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Out Cold/Zippo Songs in the news
“’Zippo Songs’ of Vietnam”
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