Alverno Presents commissions PRINCE UNCOVERED: A Reinterpretation of the Songs of Prince, a one-of-a-kind, one-night-only collaboration between a diverse company of local artists brought together by Hello Death to respond to and reimagine the songs of the iconic Prince.
We tested this premise in our 2012/2013 season with Beautiful Dreamer: The Foster Project (curated by Ryan Schleicher) and in 2013/2014 with Unlooped vs. Marvin Gaye (curated by Tarik Moody), and in 2014/2015 with Smith Uncovered: a reinterpretation of the songs of Patti Smith (curated by Betty Strigens) and Jones Uncovered: a reinterpretation of the music of Quincy Jones (curated by Jordan Lee). In each, the assembled musicians did not perform “covers”, unquestioningly mimicking original performances. Instead, the songs were “uncovered”, as each artist plumbed a song’s intrinsic meaning and beauty through re-interpretation.
Alverno Presents continues with an exploration of Prince Roger Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince, an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned as an innovator and is widely-known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and wide vocal range. Widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound, Prince’s music combines rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.
Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Hello Death is a folk group from Milwaukee, WI. Their unique music is dark and sweet. Deliberate execution of strong song writing and challenging harmonies make for a symphonic quality voiced with roots instrumentation and a minimalist approach.
Hello Death is: Marielle Allschwang: Voice, guitar, violin. Nathaniel Heuer: Voice, bass, guitar, percussion. Shawn Stephany: Guitar, lap steel. Erin Wolf: Voice, piano, accordion, percussion. http://hellodeath.net/