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Theo Bleckmann: "The Music of Kate Bush" 

When: Fri., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 28, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10-24
In 2012, the vocalist Theo Bleckmann released Hello Earth! (The Music of Kate Bush), a gorgeous and enigmatic reinterpretation of the art pop mystic most famous for running up a hill to make a deal with God. Though NPR named it one of the year's 10 best jazz albums, it scarcely resembled what most listeners associate with the genre. Bleckmann evaporated Bush's songs in eerie electronics, minimal classical instrumentation and uncanny extended vocal techniques, anchored by mellifluous traditional singing. The result consistently left critics reaching for superlatives like "colossal" and "supernatural." The silky gravity of the voice at the center of the elegant deconstruction makes you feel stuck to the wall, as Bleckmann demonstrates on the album's cover. It's no wonder he has been attracted to collaborators in similarly acute visionary corners, from Meredith Monk and Laurie Anderson to John Hollenbeck, with whom he visited Duke Performances last season. At these Duke Performances shows, Bleckmann will perform the vocals and electronics of Hello Earth! with four other musicians on violin, guitar, electric bass and drums. —Brian Howe
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