an evening of spoken word & spontaneous composition
Join internationally recognized artist Toby Lurie and These Are Not My Hands as they explore the improvised intersection of words, music, sound, noise, image, imagination and meaning. Toby's "synesthetic" weaving of artistic disciplines blends and bends with the Ensemble's mission to "never play the same thing once", creating a unique performance experience that - by definition - will never be repeated. One Night Only! This performance is part of the VETERANS VOICES IV show at Rhythmix Cultural Works In Alameda, Nov 8th-Jan 3rd.
"We never play the same thing once." So said Bill Krauss, an early member of These Are Not My Hands -- a semi-ever-shifting conglomeration of Actors, Musicians, Sound Designers and Advertising Refugees who, since 1996, have gathered weekly at Studio "P, Sausalito to court the elusive Muse of Spontaneous Composition.
TANMH music could be considered a sonic metaphor for a painting by Jackson Pollack -- an abstract journey for both observer and participant. The players collaborate, negotiate, listen and allow in real time to awaken in the listener emotional responses that could have come from a tender ballad, a gritty blues, or a Beat rant delivered against a soundtrack by John Cage.
TANMH compositions are often born out of silence -- spontaneously erupting into a chaotic mix of solos, duos and trios, conversations, and narratives rich with opaque allusions to the impulses of the sub-conscious. As long-time TANMH member, the late Peter Scott, once proudly proclaimed "This is the music of the Future and the Pasture".
TANMH music has been featured on a number of independent films, including Katrina Drabkin's Wayfarer, Fred Banting's SMOK'D, and Enid Chasanoff's Leah and the Horse, which premiered at the 2010 Women in Film Festival in Vancouver. They also created the soundtrack for Tokyo artist Jim Hay's interactive fabric sculpture Avenging Angel, played live at select Art Gallery openings, and streamed real-time performances from Studio "P" via the Internet.
Current members of the ensemble are James Carraway, David Cuetter, Ed Holmes, Joe Paulino, Mark Purvis and Tim White.
Poet, painter, composer and US Navy veteran Toby Lurie initially studied voice with the intent of pursuing a career in opera. He studied composition with Roger Sessions at the SF Conservatory of Music, with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland, and also at the University of Washington and UC Berkeley.
From his earliest beginnings as a painter he has combined music and poetry with his paintings to create large visual scores. He calls his approach SYNESTHESIA - the interfacing of various art disciplines. His works have hung in galleries from Denmark to Japan to the University of Minnesota, to Fort Bragg, CA where he currently resides.
Toby has published 19 books of poetry and has composed 13 Symphonies for Spoken-Voice-Chorus, including his 80-voice Symphony on the Holocaust. He founded and continues to perform with the Lost Coast Word-Music Ensemble, frequently returning to the Beat Museum in North Beach where several of his large paintings of the Beat Generation are housed.
It was at a performance at The Beat Museum where TANMH member Joe Paulino first encountered Toby and his unique compositional experiments. Conversation led to collaboration through many evenings of improvisational and semi-structured musical forays. Eventually, Toby and "The Hands" decided it was time to share this experience - an evening of Spoken Word and Spontaneous Composition - with an audience.
That's where you come in...
Rhythmix Cultural Works (View)
2513 Blanding Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501
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