A Night with Duncan Sheik

In Music on January 29, 2009 at 9:24 am


January 26th marked a night to remember with the ever so calm and coolduncan-sheik Duncan Sheik who, a day later, was to release Whisper House, a full length album with RCA Records.  Sheik opened the extravaganza with a couple tunes from his earlier days, “For You” and “Such Reveries”.  The Bell House audience was hooked and couldn’t wait to hear all the beauty of his new project.  

Of course more surprises ensued.  The original Ilse, Lauren Pritchard, joined Duncan on stage to sing a couple of the numbers from the Tony Award winning play Spring Awakening, which won Duncan Sheik two Tony Awards for Best Orchestration and Best Musical Score.  The voices of Pritchard and Sheik swelled and crooned.   Holly Brook, pianist and backup vocalist on the new Whisper House album only added to the chills up my spine.   

The biting brilliance was not over yet.  Whisper House, a ten track album, contains songs from Duncan Sheik’s upcoming original musical by the same name to be directed by 30 Rock‘s Keith Powell.  The musical tells the story of a young 11 year old boy, Christopher, during WWII. His father has died in a plane crash and his mother, so distraught by the events, is sent to a sanitarium.  Christopher goes to live with his Aunt in Maine.  It is there that music is heard in the wind and the old lighthouse is haunted by ghosts that sing.  

With numbers like “Earthbound Starlight” and  “Take a Bow” the musical is sure to captivate and inspire audiences.  I know he had me at hello.


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