Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chess Music For The Moving Image 11/30/12 Philadelphia Museum of Art

Chess Music for the Moving Image: The Queen Stripped Bare By Her Pawns, Even 
November 30, 2012  Performed by: Morricone Youth

"Chess Music for the Moving Image: The Queen Stripped Bare By Her Pawns, Even" is an interactive multimedia performance  of chance in the spirit of composer John Cage and dance choreographer Merce Cunningham performed by MORRICONE YOUTH, a New York City collective dedicated to the music of  film and other visual medias.  Audience members will be invited
to participate in a game of chess that determines the musical progression of reinterpreted iconic French composed soundtracks interwoven with dance performances and video projections based on the movements of the chess pieces.  The performance is inspired by Marcel Duchamp's painted works leading up to and including The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (1915-1923).  In 1912, Duchamp began to depict  motion and introduce concepts such as "the moving image" into his two-dimensional painted works, influenced by the then emerging new art form known as "cinema."  In 1918, Duchamp took leave from the The Bride Stripped Bare and the art world in general to focus on studying the game of chess before returning to the work in 1920.  In the live and projected chess match, the Bride will be represented by the Queen and the Bachelors by her  Pawns, Knight and Bishop.  

The intersecting work of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Marcel Duchamp explored the collision between chance, collaboration, and often the game of chess.  The chess game will determine the musical progression of the concert and the movements of the dancers. Matthew Caron and Rebecca Gaffney will create spontaneous visual juxtapositions for each move on the chess board using an array of live cameras, prepared video clips and "ready made" objects curated in the spirit of Marcel Duchamp. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp, on view October 30, 2012–January 21, 2013. Two time American Women’s Chess Champion Jennifer Shahade emcees.  


The Bride (Queen) 
 "Un Homme et Une Femme" from Un Homme et Une Femme (1966) 
composed by Francis Lai 

Station Master (Rook) 
"(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" from Love Story (1970) 
composed by Francis Lai 

Servant/Flunky (Pawn) 
"Ballade of Melody Nelson/L'Hotel Particulière" from Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)  
composed by Serge Gainsbourg 

Gendarme (Knight)
 "Where Did Our Summers Go/I Don't Know Why" from La Leçon Particulière (1969) 
 composed by Francis Lai 

The Priest (Bishop) 
"Hello Goodbye" from Hello Goodbye (1970) 
composed by Francis Lai 

Delivery Boy (Pawn)
 "La Valse d'Amélie/L'Autre Valse d'Amélie" from Amelie (2001) 
composed by Yann Tierson 

Cavalryman (Pawn)
 "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) 
 composed by Michel Legrand 

Undertaker (Pawn)
 "Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) 
composed by Michel Legrand 

Busboy (Pawn)
 "Yesterday Yes A Day/First Class Ticket" from Madame Claude (1977) 
composed by Serge Gainsbourg 

Policeman (Pawn)
 "Strip-Tease" from Strip-Tease (1963) composed by Serge Gainsbourg



Guitar    Devon E. Levins
Bass/Vocals    John Castro 
Keyboards   Dan Kessler 
Tenor/Soprano Saxophone    Fraser Campbell 
Drums/Percussion    Timur Yusef 
Vocals/Accordion    Magda Giannikou 
Live Video Projections    Matthew Caron    Rebecca Gaffney 
Dancers     Medianoche    Ariel Rios 

The Copycat Tribute to Serge Gainsbourg 11/28/12

November 28, 2012 presents
The Copycat Tribute to Serge Gainsbourg
Bands play sets of originals and covers in the back room
DJ Xerox spins all covers up front.
Tonights Bands
Les Sans Culottes-10
Morricone Youth-9

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11/18/12 Archive: Lalo Schifrin on Morricone Youth

Photo Credit: Greg Gorman

Listen back to the on-demand archive HERE or via the free EVR Mobile App.

If you are a fan of Morricone Youth, you are a fan of Lalo Schifrin. On this Sunday's special episode, host Devon E. Levins welcomed the acclaimed film and television soundtrack composer, pianist, conductor and arranger for an exclusive interview and in-depth listen to Lalo Schifrin: My Life In Music, the new four-CD boxed set released this week by Aleph Records of music from the legendary composer’s storied career in film, jazz, and classical music.

The boxed-set features music from three-dozen films, jazz and symphonic pieces composed by Schifrin, and unreleased music from films including Charley Varrick, The Beguiled, Joe Kidd and Coogan’s Bluff. Along with over five hours worth of music, a forty-eight page book is included with archival photos and notes.  This release spans music from all aspects of Mr. Schifrin’s career, from the early beginnings of his film music to the big hits that include Mission Impossible, Dirty Harry, Enter The Dragon, Amityville Horror, Bullitt! and Cool Hand Luke.  Also represented is music from his jazz and classical compositions including work commissioned by Dizzy Gillespie, as well as the Grammy-nominated Jazz Meets The Symphony series. The release corresponds with Mr. Schifrin's 80th birthday this year as he continues to work in all three idioms.

Schifrin has written over 100 film and television scores and has been the recipient of five Grammys® (twenty-two nominations), one Cable ACE Award, six Academy Award® nominations and the prestigious Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Earlier in his career, Schifrin played piano, composed and/or arranged for Argentine tango bandoneón master Astor Piazzolla, jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and bandleader Xavier Cugat's Latin dance orchestra. Beginning In the late 1960s and through 1980s, he maintained a long working relationship with Clint Eastwood, particularly the Dirty Harry films. In the classical composition field, Schifrin has composed over 60 works.  His music is a synthesis of traditional and twentieth-century techniques, and his early love for jazz and rhythm are strong attributes of his style with a tendency to juxtapose universal thoughts with a kind of elaborated primitivism.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy 84th Ennio Show 11/11/12 2-4p ET

Tune into your source for all things soundtrack, Morricone Youth, on East Village Radio this Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 2-4p ET, for Morricone Youth's sixth annual tribute to the namesake of the show, Ennio Morricone. Considered as one of the most influential film composers of all time, composing for over 500 films and selling over 40 million records worldwide, Morricone wrote the film scores to such classics as Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns including "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" (1966), John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing" (1982), Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables" (1987) and Guiseppe Tornarore's "Cinema Paradiso" (1988).

Il Maestro turned 84 yesterday on Saturday, November 10. Host Devon E. Levins will be dedicating an entire two hours to his music in his honor.
Listen live or to the archive HERE!