A virtuoso on a 23 string banjo he built himself, Metzger’s Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations at times bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But refracted through his singular musical mind he creates a sonic universe all his own. Metzger’s “home made” aesthetic puts him alongside DIY mavericks like Eugene Chadbourne and his electric rake, and Charlie Nothing and his dingulators, but Metzger also posses a penchant to extract every possible sound out of an instrument that is reminiscent of the exhaustive instrumental explorations of Derek Baily. His many releases over the years have garnered high praise and helped establish him as a central voice in the world of Avant-Garde & Experimental Folk. Metzger creates a unique music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but simultaneously one deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.“…Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending.” – The Wirehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?
• John Saint Pelvyn
Guitarist, therminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is on tour this fall with his new solo release A Clerical Error in Shasta County Shouldn’t have to Ruin a Saturday Night from Seeland/Electro Motive Records. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey, Loren Mazzacane-Connors, and Sandy Bull can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.
“When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself.” – Electro Motive
Steven Matheson is a filmaker working at the borders of both documentary and fictional narrative forms, exploring the ways that the “everyday” can be re-framed and opened up as terrain for fictional re-invention, aesthetic experimentation and social criticism. His film work has been exhibited extensively internationally, at such venues as the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the ICA in London, and Amsterdam’s World Wide Video Festival.
This absurdist, microscopic film noir follows the activities of an underground network of ill people, desperate to create alternative methods of self-care in a world where natural resources are disappearing. While examining the meaning of health, disease, and well-being in the post-industrial world, Apple Grown In Wind Tunnel imagines the development of a culture at the margins, linked by illicit radio broadcasts, toxic waste sites, the highway, and ultimately by the overwhelming desire to find a cure.
“To the immune system in the 21st Century, here’s a sublime video elegy: a tale of illness, and grass-roots conjuring against the contemporary malaise. This riveting toxic-road-movie seeps and slouches forward in search of a cure.” – Craig Baldwin
– Best Narrative Film, 42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival
– Golden Gate Award for New Visions, San Francisco International Film Festival
– Jurors’ Choice Award (First Prize), Black Maria Film and Video Festival
– First Prize, Videoex Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zürich
– One Eye Award, Stuttgarter Filmwinter–Festival for Expanded Media
2001, Video, 26 mins
This is one for the books. Four of the South/Southwest’s leading folksingers combine for one magical night at Exploded View in Tucson–
“Able to convey things normal songs cannot, a freedom not just born of trope-avoiding experimentalism but somehow inherent in the very combinations of sounds, as though arranged into secret patterns or codes, magic spells that trump postmodern convictions.”– Wake the Deaf
“smoldering, vulnerable dream-folk” and “one of the most beautiful and haunting records you’re going to hear all year” –Gorilla vs. Bear.
“A spellbinding and crushingly personal ode to people and places and the weight we carry with us from living in and around such things.”– GoldFlakePaint
“Nesh’s vocals blur in and out of focus through his quirky slurred delivery. The effect is strangely mesmerising and equally warm, like a distant relation to those pre-war blues and old-time singers, an influence that can be clearly heard throughout No Labor-Saving Machine.”– Folk Radio UK
doors @ 7pm
music @ 8pm sharp (will end by 11pm)
In conjunction with MOCA Tucson’s exhibition:
A NIGHT ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER: THE ART OF MIDNIGHT FILMS, FREE THEATER, AND THE PSYCHEDELIC UNDERGROUND SAN FRANCISCO 1969-1973
EV presents The Cockettes “A flamboyant piece of hippie history gets its due in Bill_Weber and David_Weissman’s loving look at the San Francisco drugs-and-drag theatre troupe. The filmmakers capture the spirit of life in a late-sixties commune as well as the Cockettes’ hallucinogenic romps—performances foisted on audiences who were in the mood for wigged-out frivolity. With its archival footage and hilariously frank interviews, the movie makes for a ragtag portrait of a cultural moment when free expression reigned supreme.”
— Bruce Diones, The New Yorker
Join us tonight as we bid a fond farewell to MOCA’s Jocko Weyland as he concludes his run of cultural innovation here in Tucson and heads off to new adventure!. A special bonus screening of one of Jocko’s subcultural faves “Red and Rosy” will happen too!
NOTE NEW LOCATION:
1333 N. 4th Ave @ Drachman St (enter through driveway on Drachman St.)
EXPLODED VIEW FUNDRAISER, HAPPENING & feast!!!
Co-presented by Olivier Mosset ($10) 7pm- 3am
“The best, most temporal way of making a building that I ever heard of is by making it with light. The Fascists did a lot of this “light architecture.” If you build buildings with lights outside, you can make them indefinite, and then when you’re through using them
you shut the lights off and they disappear.”
-Andy Warhol (1975)
A feast for all senses, EV invites you to our polyphonic living installation of film, music and multiple multi-channeled mayhem. The Exploded View gallery will be transformed into giant mirrored chamber within which will be projected Andy Warhol’s 1964 silent 8 hour/10 reel film masterpiece EMPIRE. The back of the Toole Shed warehouse will be transformed into a lounge FACTORY with couches, carpets, and trippy visuals. This come-and-go event is a first time fundraiser for Exploded View!!
(filmmakers in person)
Kate McCabe will be showcasing a decade’s worth of her moving image work combining humor in experimental film and premiering her latest 16mm work, You and I Remain. A film inspired by the Anthropocene, You and I Remain is an apocalyptic lullaby, a landscape film mediating on the end of the world. Shot in Big Sur, the Salton Sea and in McCabe’s own neighborhood of Joshua Tree, the film shows us a portrait of the world askew with subtle and moving sound design by Jason Payne of Nitzer Ebb. Local fave, Gabriella Molina begins the evening with a selection of her recent fantastical cut-out animations and light experiments!
SAT 4/22 Peripheries: Groundbreaking Border Video Works
(Artists in person)
A night of video and new media works examining the intersections between community and international borders through audio, video, animation, and virtual reality.
“Peripheries” features a group of five artists and journalists from diverse backgrounds, including works by Jason Aragón, Wesley Creigh, Conor Elliott Fitzgerald, Jennifer Hijazi, and Khaled Jarrar. All participating artists will be in attendance.
Admission to the exhibition is free but donations will be accepted to support the work of Mariposas Sin Fronteras, a Tucson-based organization that provides legal counsel and support to LGBTQ immigrant detainees.
(Patrick McGuinn in person)
Valpurnis: SatURan (2017, 60 min. Color) Bellowing from the mind of creator Christ Opherstein, this surreal Desert Rock Opera (filmed in Tucson) hurls its politics and religion in your face along with the acid anger of those disenfranchised by society. Judas has sold Jesus to the Romans, and during the Last Supper, reflections of identity, guilt, entitlement and outrage, Judas’ ten songs take the audience hostage for a bumpy, blindfolded ride in the back of an open jeep. Gentle Jesus in various manifestations counters the rage with somber songs of resignation. Opening the filmed Opus is a pre-movie live 30 minute set of distinctly different pop songs, amounting to a highly unusual night of music assault. Brace yourself for the blood of Christ! Afterwards, join cast, crew & director for a Q&A