Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Aug 18 2016 7:00 PM

full details can be found here:

Full: Filmic
Programmed by Sean Carson

Larry Ochs, the stellar composer and saxophonist, and a leader in the Bay Area improvised music scene for over thirty years, returns to BAMPFA with a new ensemble. Late last year, Ochs recorded The Fictive Five (Tzadik), an album of structured improvisations mostly inspired by the work of film-makers like Wim Wenders and Kelly Reichardt. He reprises some of that music tonight with an all-star lineup of local musicians: Tom Djll (trumpet, electronics, Scott Walton (bass) Safa Shokrai (bass) and Kjell Nordeson (percussion).

Styles from jazz, classical, and folk to funk, Balkan music, and blues inform Gambits, a Bay Area music collective consisting of Steve Adams on baritone saxophone, Alisa Rose on violin, Theo Padouvas on cornet, and Vijay Anderson on drums. Gambits will be performing original music based on John Cassavetes's independent film masterpiece Love Streams (screening August 14), touching on its themes of isolation, alienation, freedom, and madness, paying homage to the filmmaker’s risk-taking vision and subtle humor.

We are excited to screen a recent short work by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Delpeut in the galleries as well. One Hand Clapping is a found footage film in which the hands of five orchestral conductors, taken from historical concert recordings, perform a dazzling dance. Spread across five frames, these conducting hands perform a choreography of encouraging and holding back.

As part of tonight’s Full event, a local poet is reading her work. It’s happening somewhere in the BAMPFA building, but we aren’t going to tell you where – think of it as a literary scavenger hunt. Uyen Hua is the author of the poetry collection a/s/l, and received her BA and MA from the University of California, Davis.

Cost: free with admission
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Ken Filiano/ Steve Adams Duo at the Stone
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault