Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo will perform along with the films of genius experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage at the Silent Movie Theater on March 10, Cinefamily announced this morning. Guitarist Ranaldo will play as part of Text of Light, a trio also featuring amazing guitarist (and one of the world's foremost Velvet Underground experts) Alan Licht and saxophonist Ulrich Krieger.
Full information on the show, as well as a few Brakhage clips, after the jump ...
Stan Brakhage, considered one of the most important experimental filmmakers of the 20th Century, achieved his luminous results by hand-painting individual cells of film; the results are beautiful, thoughtful abstracts.
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Here's Cinefamily's description of the evening:
Join Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, collaborating live with saxophonist Ulrich Krieger and guitarist Alan Licht, as he goes to the blasphemous extreme with live scores to the films of Stan Brakhage and other mid-century American cinema avant-gardists. According to Licht, Text of Light "does not perform soundtracks to the films of Stan Brakhage. Rather, it uses the films as a further element for improvisation, almost as [another] performer. While Brakhage intended for these films to be screened silently as films...[here] they are juxtaposed with the music, in a kind of real-time performance, mixed-media collage." But the evening doesn't stop there! The night also includes a screening of Parallel, an animation tour-de-force by mediamaker Huckleberry Lain, featuring music by Argentinean-born, L.A.-based electronic duo Languis.
Here's the film that Languis, part of the dublab crew, will perform to: