Killer Whale PR+M has been a long time fan of musician/composer ERIC MATTHEWS, so we just had to share the cool news for a special event coming to New York City on January 31, 2011: An off-Broadway performance, BIBLE & WINE (we dig the name), that features the music of orchestral pop maestro, Eric Matthews. If you’re a fan like we are of Eric Matthews and/or Cardinal, you won’t want to miss this! See the event’s official page for more details. In brief, here’s our copy and paste:
“This extraordinary blend of music, movement, dance, story, and design uses the music of pop maestro Eric Matthews as inspiration for a meditation on history, faith, lust, and immortality. Loosely inspired by Chaucer’s masterwork The Canterbury Tales and the art of the high Middle Ages, Bible and Wine is a daring and unique event which combines director Frank Cwiklik‘s trademark immersive theater mindscapes with movement, dance, and performance with the music of one of the most engaging and exciting recording artists of the past twenty years.
As night falls on a museum of Medieval artifacts, the souls and spirits of the ancient past slowly materialize, embarking on a haunting pilgramage through the tattered remnants and haltingly reassembled fragments of the art and architecture that once surrounded and defined them. As we follow them through the halls of the quiet cloisters, their lives, loves, deaths, dreams, and desires once again become flesh and substance in a compelling and moving journey through time and faith. The Badass Record Collection series proposes to utilize pop and rock music as non-traditional theatrical text, exploring the forms of recorded music to create new and exciting theatrical works, and this production promises to be the most exciting and groundbreaking example of this concept. It’s dance, it’s performance, it’s lights and sound, it’s live performance and recorded sound, it’s everything theater can be, and should be, in one breathtaking event.
Most exciting of all is the inclusion of two exclusive new tracks from Mr. Matthews, recorded and prepared escpecially for the project, which will make their world premiere in this performance. These new works, full of the life, energy, theatricality, and musical muscle that define his extraordinary body of work will delight his fans, and entice audiences yet to encounter his compelling and distinctive style and vision.
Eric Matthews has been making music professionally since 1992 as a member of bands such as Belt Buckle, Cardinal, Brookville, and Seinking Ships. He has been releasing acclaimed solo recordings since 1995, first with the legendary Sub Pop label, which released the critically acclaimed “It’s Heavy in Here” and “Lateness of the Hour“. He has lent his sideman talents on records by such diverse talents as Tahiti 80, The Dandy Warhols, Spookey Ruben, and Pugwash. Since 2006, he has been producing other acts, mostly new bands and young songwriters on the rise and in need of veteran insights in helping to realize their own creative aspirations. His most recent releases include the 2008 classic “The Imagination Stage” and the recent debut CD of his newest band, Seinking Ships. For more info on Eric’s music, visit him at www.ericmatthews.net.
Frank Cwiklik is entering his second decade of creating immersive, eclectic indie theater in New York City. He has produced, directed, and/or appeared in over two thirty productions since 1999, including the influential Bitch Macbeth, the controversial political satire Sugarbaby!, and, with DMT’s American Shakespeare Factory, the recent cult smash Two Gentlemen of Lebowski. His eccentric, aggressive directorial style has earned him praise from Time Out New York, the Village Voice, NYTheatre.com, Backstage, The New York Times, and others, and has influenced countless directors both on and off-Broadway. His future projects include the ASF entries Hamlet and Taming of the Shrew, and his first original play in nearly five years, God’s Comic, a fantasia inspired by the life and work of the great silent cinema comedian and vaudeville legend Harry Langdon.
BIBLE AND WINE: THE MUSIC OF ERIC MATTHEWS
starring SAARA FALK * AZUMI FUKUMURA * SHILOH KLEIN * ERIK MAGNUS * HEATHER MEAGHER * RAYMOND MILLER * LARA JEAN MUMMERT * KEVIN ORZECHOWSKI * DENISE OZER * MARISSA STANIEC
props and special costume construction ELAINE JONES
Words and music by ERIC MATTHEWS
Scenario by FRANK CWIKLIK * Co-producer MICHELE SCHLOSSBERG
Choreographer/Dance Director SHILOH KLEIN
Produced, designed, and directed by FRANK CWIKLIK
January 31 thru February 16 2010 Mon thru Wed eves 8 PM * The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St btwn 2nd Ave and Bowery
Tickets available at SmartTix online or call 212 868 4444
SPECIAL PREVIEW/BENEFIT PERFORMANCE SUNDAY JANUARY 30th at 8 PM! INCLUDING LIVE ACOUSTIC SET FROM DYE VIOLETS, SPECIAL POST SHOW RECEPTION, AND A SCHEDULED APPEARANCE FROM ERIC MATTHEWS! MORE DETAILS COMING SOON! TICKETS ARE ALREADY SELLING — GET YOURS NOW!