Join us for Duncan Sheik, Grammy and Tony winning composer of the musical Spring Awakening and world wide sell-out musical American Psycho, originally known for his hit”Barely Breathing.”
About Duncan Sheik
After breaking through in the late 1990s with his Top 20 single “Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer/songwriter rituals. His focus was on albums that broke with pop music conventions and, additionally, theatrical musicals like Spring Awakening, the Broadway sensation that won him 2 Tony Awards and a Grammy. Sheik’s most recent Broadway composing and writing for the musical based on Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho has been receiving accolades from The Guardian and The LA Times among others.
Sheik makes his long-awaited return to singing stand-alone pop songs, but he hasn’t given up his recent habit of inhabiting characters. In this case, though, the characters are Morrissey, Robert Smith, Martin Gore, and David Sylvian. His latest album, 2011′s Duncan Sheik Covers 80s, features twelve of his highly personalized takes on the synth-pop era, including smashes and obscurities from the likes of the Cure, New Order, Tears for Fears, the Smiths, the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins, Love & Rockets, Howard Jones, Japan, Talk Talk, and the Blue Nile.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“He is a guitar virtuoso who, more than most pop musicians, uses the guitar as an orchestral instrument.” -New York Times
“Sheik has a strong voice with a distinctive, unusual timbre” -Slant
“an uncompromising artist who consistently dares his listeners to experience every emotion to its fullest.” -Austin Chronicle