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Sounds Like: Joni Mitchell, Vic Chesnutt, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones
Label: Strange Troubadours, Fang Records
Bio: Folk-jazz story-songs with Leonard Cohen-style lyrics and Joni Mitchell-style melodies.
Winner of the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest (Western Region) and the 2009 Outmusic Award for Album of the Year.
Like k.d. lang and Laurie Anderson, singer/songwriter Dudley Saunders began his music... See Full BioMore Info
Links Hall & Poonie's Cabaret present present Dudley Saunders' IN THESE BOXES, a multi-media performance piece that combines video, song and stories to imagine the lives of lost people through the objects they left behind. In the piece, Dudley takes 12 objects left behind by the dead and weaves each of them into a video hallucination of the missing life. As he sings their stories at the front of stage, the world of the vanished comes to life on the screen behind him. The piece is inspired by his own AIDS-era history: “In the fall of 1991, my two ex-lovers died within two months of each other. But what made it worse was realizing that everyone who remembered us together was also dead. Their few objects were the only evidence that they had existed, and had meaning no-one else could understand: how can you explain why an old spoon is important?” For the Links Hall performance, Dudley particularly asks Chicago residents to take photos of the objects they have inherited and can’t let go, and contribute them to the project. They will become part of the video projections at the Links Hall performance as well as have an ongoing life online at http://www.InTheseBoxes.com/ Simply upload photos to Instagram with the hashtags #intheseboxes or email them directly to Dudley@DudleySaunders.com. Dudley's songs won the Out Music Award for Best Album and his last solo performance piece was named "Best Musical" by New York Press. Otherwise, he is best known to Chicago audiences for his collaboration with Heather Woodbury, WHAT EVER, at Steppenwolf. To learn more: Read: http://aumag.org/wordpress/2014/04/15/dudley-saunders/ Or Listen: Title Song: http://dudleysaunders.bandcamp.com/track/zero-out-in-these-boxes KPFK Radio Interview: https://soundcloud.com/dudleysaunders/kpfk-radio-interview-dudley
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