Music Is How We Know Reality
with David Rothenberg, Jaron Lanier, and Rinde Eckert

A summit of renowned musicians to explore the reach of music beyond information.

Rinde Eckert and David Rothenberg have played together a lot; David Rothenberg and Jaron Lanier have played together a lot. This is the first collaboration of all three.

Music Is How We Know Reality
with David Rothenberg, Jaron Lanier, and Rinde Eckert

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Doors: 6 PM
Performance: 6:30 PM

Ticket Price: $15

All Ages

Seated program

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About the Artists

David Rothenberg

Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg wrote Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, Survival of the Beautiful, and many other books, published in at least eleven languages. He has more than forty recordings out, including One Dark Night I Left My Silent House which came out on ECM, and more recently In the Wake of Memories and Faultlines. He has performed or recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Elliott Sharp, Umru, Iva Bittová, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. In 2024 he won a Grammy Award as part of For the Birds, in the category of Best Boxed Set. Whale Music and Secret Sounds of Ponds are his latest books. Nightingales In Berlin is his latest film. Rothenberg is a Distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier plays a pathological number of rare acoustic musical instruments, a malady he described in the New Yorker Magazine recently.  Since the pandemic, he has played with Les Claypool, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, T Bone Burnett, Sara Bareilles, Sean Lennon, Stanley Jordan, Will Calhoun, Harper Simon, Bill Frisell, and many others.  Before the pandemic, he played with tons of other people like Philip Glass and Ornette Coleman.  He’s also a writer of books like You Are Not a Gadget and Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.  He’s won literary awards like the German Peace Prize for Books, one of the world’s highest lit honors.  He’s that guy on Social Dilemma on Netflix.  He’s also a scientist and technologist, known for his work initiating the field of Virtual Reality among other things.  He won a Lifetime Career Award from the IEEE.  He’s also the Prime Scientist for Microsoft, against all odds, and has not won a Grammy.  

Rinde Eckert

Born in 1951 and raised in Iowa to parents who were opera singers, Rinde Eckert grew up loving the sound of soprano Renata Tebaldi singing Puccini before he picked up a guitar during the folk boom of the mid-’60s, having fallen for such sounds as Scottish folk singer Jean Redpath singing “Auld Lang Syne” and “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.” After a graduate degree in classical voice from Yale University, Rinde traced an eclectic path through the ‘80s into the 21st century, recording venturesome albums flecked with jazz and electronics before working with the likes of the New York Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, top new-music groups, and dance companies. He won a Grammy Award in 2012 for his recording with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey and leading-edge ensemble Eighth Blackbird of Lonely Motel—Music from Slide, for which he also wrote the lyrics. Above all, Rinde has excelled as a man of the theater—as a writer, composer, actor, and singer, creating a series of award-winning interdisciplinary works, including And God Created Great Whales (an Obie winner in 2000) and Orpheus X (a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007). Along with appearing recently at The Kennedy Center in Renée Fleming’s “American Voices” series, Rinde has performed Off-Broadway and beyond in his own creation, Aging Magician, as well as toured internationally with his current collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, in Jonathan Berger’s My Lai. It was after winning the coveted Doris Duke Performing Artist Award that Rinde crafted a set of songs called The Natural World and then brought them to life on a cross-country solo tour in 2016 that saw him accompany himself on a menagerie of instruments: various guitars, piano, electronic keyboards (with samples), accordion, South American wood flute, hand percussion, tenor banjo, dobro ukulele, banjo ukulele, shruti box, penny whistle.  

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