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Dudley Saunders

Dudley Saunders

Singer Songwriter / Folk Rock / Alternative Los Angeles, CA  US
We Were Right
We Were Right
Zero Out (In These Boxes)
Zero Out (In These Boxes)
What Rats Are We
What Rats Are We
Love Song for Jeffrey Dahmer
Love Song for Jeffrey Dahmer
The Rain on 8th Avenue
The Rain on 8th Avenue

Videos

Dudley Saunders: Live acappella COAL TATTOO by Billy Edd Wheeler

Shows

  • Mon

    Dec 1

    Cedar Rapids, IA, US | 7:00pm

    Legion Arts presents A Special World AIDS Day Performance: Dudley Saunders' IN THESE BOXES. ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY Monday, December 1, 2014 IN THESE BOXES is a multi-media piece that imagines the lives of lost people through the objects they left behind. In the piece, Dudley takes 12 objects and envisions the stories of their missing owners through a combination of spoken narrative, video art and song: as he sings their stories at the front of the stage, the world of the vanished comes to life on the screen behind him. For the Cedar Rapids premiere of the show, Dudley asks the local community to contribute photos of objects they have inherited from loved ones and can't let go. He will incorporate these local images into the performance at Legion Arts. 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? Most of us, especially those whose lives are inherently risky because of who they are or where they live, have had some version of this experience. So Dudley has created a unique online community and invites all Chicago residents to participate. For the World AIDS Day performance, Dudley and Legion Arts are inviting community residents to take photos of the objects they have inherited and can't let go, and then post them to Instagram with the hash-tag #InTheseBoxes or send them to directly to Dudley@dudleysaunders.com. These personal contributions will then be incorporated into the final video art piece in the Legion Arts show; additionally, they will live in perpetuity online at www.InTheseBoxes.com, in what he calls a social media cemetery. In these two ways, these emotional objects can become part of a living piece of art, rather than simply moldering alone in people's closets.

  • Sun

    Nov 30

    Chicago, IL, US | 7:00pm

    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

  • 2014

    Jul 27

    Houston, TX, US | 3:00pm

    Q-Fest & 14 Pews 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 Q-Fest/DiverseWorks performance, Dudley particularly asks Houston's LGBT 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 Q-Fest 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. 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

  • 2014

    Jun 5

    New York, NY, US | 7:30pm

    Dixon Place presents Dudley Saunders' IN THESE BOXES, a transmedia performance combining songs, video art and narratives to explore the human need to keep the dead from disappearing by holding on to their things. This performance will incorporate images collected from the local community.

  • 2014

    May 16

    Louisville, KY, US | 8:00pm

    Someone died and now you have their things. Or maybe just one thing. It might not even be valuable. An old spoon or a glove. But you can’t bring yourself to throw it out. You can leave it here. Post your photos to Instagram with the hash-tag #InTheseBoxes. Or send to Dudley@dudleysaunders.com Visiting musician/artist Dudley Saunders asks Louisville residents for photos of the objects they have inherited from loved ones and can’t let go. This performance will incorporate the images you contribute. “In the fall of 1991, my two ex-lovers died of AIDS within two months of each other. What made it worse was realizing that nobody who remembered us together was still alive. The hidden meaning in ordinary objects haunted me.” Dudley Saunders Your personal contributions – gathered from our communities -- will be incorporated into video art for Dudley’s DC performance of IN THESE BOXES at Dreamland: a combination of video, song and stories that imagines the lives of lost people through the objects they left behind. Learn more here: http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/dudley-saunders-in-these-boxes.html

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  • Paul Pritchard (Artist)
    Paul Pritchard
    Hi Dudley, nice to meet you, very cool & laid back tracks you have my friend,well worth the listen
  • Sheila Ann (Artist)
    Sheila Ann
    I love your music. You are so very talented!
  • Brett Service (Artist)
    Brett Service
    This is great stuff Dudley. You have quite the voice, and your songs are very fluid and melodic. Well produced as well.
  • Chapa (Artist)
    Chapa
    You have some beautiful Music Dudley. It was great to meet you man. I hope to stay in touch.
  • BINETTI (Artist)
    BINETTI
    Hello, I'm listening your songs for the first time and I really enjoy. Thanks for sharing here. Jean-Chris from Paris
  • Dana Rogers (Artist)
    Dana Rogers
    hi dudley. i have to tell you that your songwriting, playing and singing were totally unexpected. a nice surprise on a sunday afternoon =)

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  • Dudley at the Video Shoot

About

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 Bio

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