Sat, Jul 09|
MAYA DEREN Films w/ ROB SCHWIMMER on Theremin, Piano & Haken Continuum!
Improvisational music performed by Rob Schwimmer on piano, theremin and Haken Continuum to accompany four seminal works by pioneering Ukrainian experimental filmmaker Maya Deren.
Time & Location
Jul 09, 2022, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
About the Event
Doors 8pm, Performance starts shortly after 8:35pm, once it is dark enough for film projection. Please plan to arrive within that window of time to enjoy a refreshment, experience the art exhibition, and choose your seat to best avoid disrupting the program. Thanks!
Rob Schwimmer is the master of his own musical kingdom where he, playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin (on which he’s considered to be one of the world masters) and Haken Continuum — a rarely heard combination which allows him to bring audiences to beautiful and mysterious new sonic territory and perhaps find new or re-connect with forgotten feelings. A veteran player who has worked with beloved legends like Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, Wayne Shorter, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as celebrated young contemporary artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Gotye, Schwimmer leads us on an organic and musically rich journey from the pensive to the thrilling, with many musical ports of call in between.
For tonight's special program, Schwimmer will perform improvisational soundtracks for three of Maya Deren's most celebrated films: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) as well as At Land (1944) and Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946) Additionally, he will perform music to accompany Deren’s unfinished short Witch’s Cradle (1946), which was filmed in Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery and features Marcel Duchamp.
Maya Deren (1917-1961) Avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, dancer, writer, poet and theorist.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1917, Deren is considered one of the most important and influential avant-garde filmmakers in the US. Maya Deren’s work still reverberates today with many filmmakers—and in particular, women filmmakers—and those working in an experimental mode. Her debut work, the 14-minute Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), is a surreal, unsettling and dreamlike experience that is often credited with kickstarting the American avant-garde movement. Deren’s films have been called ‘choreocinema’ for their frequent incorporation of dance and ritual; they are also heavily informed by voodoo.
Maya Deren/Rob Schwimmer
Admission for one to Maya Deren: Films with Theremin & Piano by Rob Schwimmer! Refreshments will be provided. Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. $2 from every ticket goes directly towards the historic preservation of the venue. Thank you for your support! Enjoy the program!