P R E S S R E L E A S E S 2001
July 17, 2002
Gary Lucas Returns to MASS MoCA to Add Stunning Sound to Surreal Cinema
(North Adams, Mass.) The man New York Daily News called a "guitar genius" improvises over three early masterpieces of surreal cinema: Ren Clair's Entr'Acte, Fernand Legr's Ballet Mchanique, and Ladislaw Starewicz's The Cameraman's Revenge at MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 17, at 8:30 P.M. in Sounds of the Surreal with live music by Gary Lucas. Lucas never wants for creative inspiration, and these reality-bending short films provide an ideal canvas for his virtuosic flights of musical fantasy. Billboard magazine calls Lucas "a guitarist's guitarist," with "jaw-dropping fretwork" Village Voice calls his music "compulsive psychedelia" and The Wire calls him "Fresh, inventive and fun." Lucas accompanied the sold out showing of The Golem at MASS MoCA in July 2000. The Berkshire Eagle reviewed the performance saying, "Wielding an arsenal of acoustic and electric guitars as well as an array of electronic effects, Lucas was a one-man orchestra underling, punctuating and puncturing the film with lyricism and dissonance. Lucas is one of contemporary music's most innovative, virtuosi and restless minds."
Entr'acte (1924) tells the story of a funeral where most participants, corpses included, dance. Originally intended to be shown between two live Dadaist performances - the film grew a life of its own. Ballet Mcanique, the only film by legendary Cubist painter Fernand Lger is a famous experimental short and forerunner to all surrealist cinema. The Cameraman's Revenge (1912) is a hilarious morality play by Ladislaw Starewicz - one of the earliest pioneers of stop-action animation - involving four insects, two clandestine trysts, and one bent-for-revenge photographer.
Dubbed "a true axe God" by England's Melody Maker, Lucas' first professional performance was playing electric guitar in the European premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass in 1973. He went on to be a featured soloist with the legendary avant-garde group Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Since then he has been touring the world; repeatedly selling out Lincoln Center, performing before millions on Czech Republic television, and regularly composing for ABC News documentaries on Turning Point and Prime Time Live and most recently for HBO. Gary Lucas is expanding his reputation as one of today's most innovative guitarists to include renowned composer and Grammy-nominated songwriter. Some of his many albums have been hailed as "wonderful" by the Village Voice, and have been on the "best of" lists by both Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.
Lickety Split will be open to serve full dinners and snacks starting at 7:30 P.M. when the doors open. There will also be a full bar. The film will be shown in the Hunter Center.
Tickets to Sounds of the Surreal with Gary Lucas are $12 adults and $6 for kids. MASS MoCA members get 10% off. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located on Marshall Street in North Adams from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. daily. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or online at www.massmoca.org at any time of day.
MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located on a 13- acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. MASS MoCA focuses on the work of visual and performing artists charting new territory.
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