THE SUN AND THE MOON
THE SUN AND THE MOON- A SERIES OF FOUR GATHERINGS PRESENTED BY LAND AND SEA AT BERKELEY ART MUSEUM.
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The series begins on January 27 with The Moon (Part One), featuring musical performances by Tana Sprague (a.k.a. Lissom), Shock, and High Places. Sprague will perform songs from her upcoming album Nine Chains to the Moon, as well as the soundtrack to her own short film about the moon. Through field recording, synthesis, signal processing, and other technology that has transformed the definition of instrument, her work explores, mirrors, and expands the edges of perception and consciousness. Bay Area band Shock, featuring Dan Judd (Windsurf), Terri Loewenthal(Rubies), Michael Taras, will expand on their high-energy cosmic dance sets to utilize the unique space and acoustics of BAM/PFA. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Brooklyn band High Places is composed of multi-instrumentalist Rob Barber and vocalist Mary Pearson. The duo’s most recent album Original Colors (Thrill Jockey) is full of driving bass pulses, syncopated dance rhythms, and the binding force of Pearson’s vocals. Patrons arriving early will leave with a free tote bag designed by Dustin Wengreen in commemoration of Land and Sea’s collaboration with BAM/PFA.
On February 5, Land and Sea presents the first E@RLY: Sunday @ BAM/PFA program.The Sun (Part One) will feature a tea ceremony by Jon Oda. Once nourished, patrons will be delighted by violin compositions of Jennifer Curtis. Curtis is a winner of the Milka/Astral Grand Prize for violin and has been praised by theNew York Times as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.” Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons, who perform together as Date Palms, will close out the event with a short set of psychedelic, trance-inducing sounds. On the duo’s recent album for Mexican Summer, Honey Devash, “dry soundscapes of fuzz, bass, and fender Rhodes, synth, volin, tanpura and feedback shift gradually like dunes in hot winds.”
Land and Sea presents a second installment of The Moon on February 24. Artist/curator Rich Jacobs starts off this evening with a DJ set inspired by the moon. Turntablist Julia Mazawa will perform a new composition that interprets Klein Bottles and Möbius strips using vinyl’s hisses, pops, and musical snippets. Poet and Guggenheim Fellow Matthew Zapruder will read a series of moon-themed poems. Zapruder’s Come On All You Ghosts was named a New York Times“Notable Book of 2011.” And synth duo Believer (Danny Grody of Tarantel and Trevor Montgomery of The Drift) will soothe listeners with lush, atmospheric, and blissful sounds. Images for Believer provided by Paul Clipson. As a bonus, we’ll be giving away free copies of Land and Sea’s publication- EQUAL NIGHT- a moon poem by Zapruder with drawings by David Wilson.
On April 15, 2012 Make rainbows amid the sonic explorations of Collin McKelvey (Orbless) and a choir of voices at Land and Sea’s second ode to the sun. Artist Chris Duncan leads a prism-making workshop so everyone can take home a rainbow, Bay Area sound artist McKelvey performs a sonic response to Paul Kos’s piece Sound of Ice Melting (on view inState of Mind: New California Art circa 1970), Oakland-based filmmaker Kelly Lynn Jones screens her latest work, and the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as “spot-on spectacular”) sings sun inspired compositions.