An evening of art-pop music and darkly twisted visions, featuring Czech pop pranksters DVA, Tucson’s freaky fun disco-funksters Shooda Shook It, and uncanny animation. DVA an energetic two-piece duo specializing in a warped pop mishmash that incorporates outré instrumentation, plenty of studio effects, and lyrics culled from their own made-up language. DVA is also known for their animated music films and tonight we will screen some phantasmagorical classics of stop-motion animation from Jan Švankmajer and the Brothers Quay.
Algae & Tentacles is celebrating its new self-titled release (tape and digital ether) from Lightning Records! Yargh! Music, waves, friends. Come on out!
Norwegian METAL hits a Tucson summer!!
Tonight we are thrilled to be hosting genre spanning guitar virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop. Seminal founder of the band Sun City Girls (Possibly the best AZ band EVER!!) and co-founder of label Sublime Frequencies, Bishop is touring in support of his new critically acclaimed Drag City release “Tangiers Sessions”. SRB is touring with an electric guitar & pedals to make things interesting along w/ experimental musician Robert Millis to further amp up the experience!! The sure to sell-out celebration starts with Tucson’s critically acclaimed dark folk collective Human Behavior (they just released the stunning album BETHPAGE )!!
Tisch Abelow (NYC) and Wesley Fawcett Crei
SAT 4/11 (free!)
Tisch Abelow (NYC) and Wesley Fawcett Creigh (Tucson) pay a surreal homage to their teenage years with an experimental documentary film comprised of footage taken 12 years earlier during their senior year of high school. In the fall of 2013, Tisch revisited this footage and pared it down into a short film, mostly starring Wesley’s father, which she calls, “a musing on the mundane.” In addition, there will be a collaborative 2-D artwork spanning the course of their friendship reflecting on the nihilistic and absurd tendencies of youth. Please join us as we “come of age” with cake and local DJ’s.
Tucson violinist Robert Anthony Villa will play the 2nd and 3rd movements from Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata No. 2, followed by improvisation using themes by Ysaÿe or whatever he damn well feels like.
Jeff Young is a violinist, composer, and laptop musician based in Brooklyn, NY. He’ll perform a quirky selection of his own music for solo violin and live electronics under the heading Jeffrey Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust, including in-your-face theatrics, unabashed shredding, and oceanic soundscapes. He’ll also play a short piece for speaking violinist and retuned violin by Paul Pinto, a fellow member of New York’s thingNY composer-performer collective.
Algae and Tentacles, yon squishy-squashy noise-band-with-a-backbeat
Dan Graham’s Rock My Religion (1982–84) is a video essay populated with both punk/rock performers (Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Black Flag and Glenn Branca) and historical figures (including Ann Lee, founder of The Shakers). This fusion of voice-over, singing, shouting, jarring sounds & text overlaid onto shaky, gritty images proposes a historical genealogy of rock music and an ambitious thesis on the origins of America. Tucson’s psych prophets The Myrrors initiate the evening’s sonic resurrection as only they can!
(Filmmaker in Person)
Celebrated experimental filmmaker Dominic Angerame (SF) makes a special appearance at Exploded View, screening his film cycle that explores the unprecedented change in the urban landscape of San Francisco. Chronicled in beautiful black & white celluloid, Angerame poetically questions the role of human labor and the unintended consequences of progress on a city in chaotic flux. Tonight we screen films in both 16mm and video, including Deconstruction Site and In The Course of Human Events. Opening the show and accompanying Angerame’s films Continuum & The Soul of Things is sax master Jeff Grubic’s Jazz Telephone!!