The Power of the Blank Page
It’s difficult for us to ferret out exactly why we assume the things we assume, feel, or brood on. We can, however, bypass the whole mess by simply admitting that the view is obstructed, and that the structure of our creations is too elaborate to dismantle piece by piece. If we assume all ideas are suspect and start from a blank page, we begin to see that the blank page doesn’t leave us lost, but rather free to examine our immediate situation with fresh eyes and ears. There are simple ways to get to this blank page.
Rinde Eckert is an interdisciplinary artist – performer, singer, writer, composer, and director. He is a recipient of the Marc Blitzstein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Alpert Award in theater, a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition, and a Grammy Award. His music/theater piece And God Created Great Whales won an Obie Award in 2000. His Orpheus X was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. In 2008 his Horizon received a Lucille Lortel Award, and a Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding Play. In 2012 was one of the first class of recipients of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In 2014 he made his debut as principle soloist with the New York philharmonic in Steven Mackey’s oratorio Dreamhouse, for which he wrote the libretto. Eckert is co-founder with Mackey of the prog-rock band Big Farm.