Kicking off the winter season of Cued Up on Q2, we're proud to honor Kate Bush by way of Theo Bleckmann. Bush -- an unrelenting experimentalist -- blew Madonna out of the water in the UK’s charts in 1985, forever changing the world's perception of a female solo artist. Always warming and delightfully eyebrow-raising, vocal wizard Theo Bleckmann interprets songs by the iconic British songstress in this week’s episode.
As a teenager, the self-taught Bush recorded over 50 demos of her compositions, eventually garnering the interest of Pink Floyd’s guitarist, David Gilmour. Embracing DIY for the sake of functionality, not fashion, Bush created her own studio, publishing company and management company. She played a significant role in her choreography, set design and even staff recruitment. With all of this hyper-focused oversite, she was able to sculpt some hopelessly unconventional sounds and visuals into an accessible package.
In this September 22 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Bleckmann presents his latest project, Hello Earth! - the music of Kate Bush, joined by John Hollenbeck (percussion), Skuli Sverrisson (bass), Henry Hey (keys, vocals) and Caleb Burhans (violin, guitar, vocals). Jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann's resume includes 15 years as a core member of Meredith Monk's ensemble and collaborations with the likes of Laurie Anderson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bang on a Can All-stars, John Zorn, Michael Gordon, Phil Kline and Ikue Mori.
Hear excerpts and the complete, unedited performance from (Le) Poisson Rouge as originally recorded by Q2 or listen this Sunday, January 2 at 2 p.m. for host Nadia Sirota's guided tour.