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The Luggage Store Gallery
San Francisco, CA
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Music by the Eyeful
Outsound Presents and the Luggage Store Gallery is pleased to announce the return of the highly acclaimed Music by the Eyeful, a monthly concert series presenting inventions in visual music. Shows feature musician-filmmaker collaborations, optical instrument inventors, and performative projectionists from the Bay Area and beyond. Performances include music created by visuals and visuals created by music, North American premieres and a Jurassic karaoke system cobbled together with a magic lantern, local author Beth Lisick scribbling lyrics on a vintage elementary school overhead projector, a star-studded band of rock improvisers, and fearless vocalists.


Music by the Eyeful, began in 2007 with a handful of shows curated by Suki O'Kane of the Illuminated Corridor, Oakland's nomadic outdoor cinema project that creates street installations of public art, live music and film. In every Corridor there would be one or two ensembles creating work so delicate that I immediately began to imagine: what it would be like if all the other artists of the Corridor dropped to a pianissimo to draw attention to these small, beautiful performances? "How could I create a separate space for this work?"  says OKane. Outsound offered the perfect setting, which they call, famously, inside. I was abashed but it gave me the chance to bring this work literally in from the cold. Audiences were treated to local filmmaker Mike Missiaens Super 8 Film and Turntables, the optical instruments of composer and guitar god Bill Wolter, and a rare performance of the filmmaker-musician collective Epic[Abridged] bringing Coppolas film The Conversation to life in audio-visual miniature, complete with musicians dressed (and acting) as characters from the film.


ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES


October 23: I Want to Draw Attention to Our Connection with the Earth Keith Evans and Dylan Bolles Breath Transit and the Peal of Night.
Nicholas Chase Ngoma Lungundu (Voice That Thunders) [North American Premiere]

Keith Evans and Dylan Bolles collaborate to create Breath Transit and the Peal of Night, a piece for live cinema and shakuhachi. Using 16mm found footage, digital video and spinning copper cylinder, Keith creates a visual landscape of moving light and memory for Dylan to physically occupy. Weaving Dylans extended techniques on the shakuhachi with Keiths processed projector sound, the duo creates a transporting ambient soundtrack that pulls the audience into its organic, cinematic gravity.

Chases Ngoma Lungundu (Voice That Thunders) is a piece for electronics and interactive video inspired by the mythical/mystical drum carried and guarded by the Lemba people of Africa, a drum that speaks with the absolute voice of Nature, a call-to-being. In developing Ngoma, Chase incorporates the organic movement of the body as its visual narrative. Sequences of live action film, hand-drawn animation and vector graphics are being combined, layered, shaped, and manipulated in real-time response to the sound/music of Ngoma and form the choreographic element of what is, essentially, a dance piece with no dancers.



November 20: Sound to Image | Image to Sound
Kevin Shea Adams and Andy Strain Resonant Migration
Peter Nyboer Sense from Nonsense

Andy Strain and Kevin Shea Adams collaborate to create the sound painting Resonant Migration, using an infrared-emitting circuit attached to a trombone slide that provides source material for digital video controllers, permitting the duo to interactively paint with light and sound.
Peter Nyboer will be creating a live laptop performance using a handmade sound synthesizer that converts image data to audio data, literally the sound of a pixel. Created in 2007 to reveal the sound of images stored in the Prelinger Archive, Peter uses his software to process images in realtime, building a visual and musical narrative that provides new meaning.



December 18: Ah! Cinema!

John Shiurba Large Ensemble with Beth Lisick Treasure Mouth
Citta di Vitti Reunited John Shiurba is leading a large ensemble in the realization of the late Matthew Sperrys composition Treasure Mouth. Sperrys score calls for a Jurassic form of karaoke and includes a sketch of a circa 1972 overheard projector with explanatory notes for musicians and vocalists to improvise as fast as they can to karaoke lyrics written live. In this performance the writer is local author / artist Beth Lisick and the karaoke backdrop will be lit by a magic lantern, an archaic movie projector of choice for phantasmagoria.

Citta di Vitti is the post-jazz trio of Phillip Greenlief (reeds), John Hanes (drums) and Lisa Mezzacappa (bass). Collaborating with local musician and documentary filmmaker Tim Perkis (Noisy People) they will unite Citta di Vitti compositions with their original inspiration: a mlange of Monica Vitti scenes drawn from the films of Italian modernist Michelangelo Antonioni that Greenlief watched with the sound off.


Admission to this show includes a feast of pre-Hanukkah latkes washed down with pre-Winter Solstice mead covered up by pre-Christmas peppermint sticks.

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The Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
United States


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Music

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Wheelchair Accessible: No

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