Theo Bleckmann – The United States of Being

»The United States of Being«


Bleckmann’s visual artwork is a direct extension of his music: playful and eclectic collages that re-imagine portraiture, incorporting humor, irritation and wit through simple and direct means. Combining the fewest possible elements, Bleckmann uses fashion- and sports imagery that relies heavily on emotional posing and extreme human achievements to re-work its pastiche of appearances into snapshots of human expression and emotion.


born 1966 in Dortmund (Germany)

1987: First Prize "Jugend Jazzt" and "Bundeswettbewerb für Gesang"

1988: Member of BundesjugendJazzOrchester

Singing studies with Sheila Jordan in Graz

Since 1989: Theo Bleckmann lives in New York

Musical collaborations with Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-stars, Meredith Monk and many others.

2010: Grammy Nomination (Winter & Winter-Album »Twelve Songs by Charles Ives«)

2010: ECHO Jazz Award (Winter & Winter-Album »refuge trio«)




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