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Lori Goldston’s Harry Smith Film Rumination
with Shoko Nagai & Dave Abramson
September 18$20 – $50
The Brick presents
Live Score with Films by Harry Smith
by Lori Goldston
Seattle cellist and composer Lori Goldston presents an original live score with films by Harry Smith in honor of his birth centenary year.
Inspired by his work as framer and amplifier of the sublime craft and beauty of organic indigenous, folk and underground cultures, Goldston brings decades of experience with live film scoring, a lifetime of work with a broad variety of musics and dynamic mix of sincerity and irony.
Harry Smith’s description of Heaven and Earth Magic
“The first part depicts the heroine’s toothache consequent to the loss of a very valuable watermelon, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. Next follows an elaborate exposition of the heavenly land, in terms of Israel, Montreal and the second part depicts the return to Earth from being eaten by Max Muller on the day Edward the Seventh dedicated the Great Sewer of London.”
Lori Goldston is a cellist and composer from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist draws connections between far-flung ideas and explores timbral thresholds of her instrument, driven by a restless curiosity and informed by a long, widely varied history of collaborations with bands, ensembles large and small, composers, film makers and choreographers including Earth, Nirvana, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Mirah, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Helms Alee, Jim Fletcher, Christian Rizzo, Maya Dunietz, Jherek Bischoff, Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, Ilan Volkov, David Byrne, Lonnie Holley, Stuart Dempster, Shelley Hirsch, Ghedalia Tezartes, Ellen Fullman, Lynn Shelton and many, many others.
Referred to by UK’s the Quietus as a “ a hugely important character in contemporary music history”, she performs in the US and abroad, and has released recordings on on Sub Rosa, Woodland Fauna, Marginal Frequency, Yo Yo, K Records, Second Editions, Sub Pop, Mississippi Records, Eiderdown, Substrata, Ed Banger, PIAPTK, SofaBurn, Broken Clover, and No Sun.
SHOKO NAGAI (Composer/Pianist /Accordionist /Improviser) is a versatile musical artist who improvises and performs with world-renowned musicians on piano and accordion and
composes original scores for films and live performances. As a teenager in her native Japan, Nagai was trained on Yamaha’s electronic organ, the “Electone” to perform popular music. 1996 moving to the U.S. from Japan and studying classical and jazz music at Berklee, She has adapted her mastery of the keyboard to prepared piano, accordion, Moog synthesizer, and other instruments. Whether she is performing Klezmer, Balkan or
experimental music. Nagai is a charismatic presence onstage, who hypnotizes audiences with her intense focus and virtuoso sound. Nagai is fellow of 2023 and 2010 New York Foundation Arts in Music/ Sound, 2023 M3 (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians), 2021
Chamber Music America, 2021 City Artist Corps, and 2022 International song writing competition finalist. A veteran of the New York downtown music scene, she performs with Erik Friedlander, Marc Ribot, Frank London, Eve Sicular (Isle Of Klezbos) Satoshi Takeishi, John Zorn and many eclectic performers. Whether traipsing over a steady, rolling rhythm or swimming through a collage of abstract sound, Nagai, a pianist/accordionist, treat every moment as an opportunity for deep synchronicity.” ~ New York Times Giovanni Russonello www.shokonagai.net
Dave Abramson is a drummer and percussionist from New Jersey. He grew playing up in the hardcore and metal scene on the eastcoast and studied visual arts in upstate New York, where he began to play improvised and experimental music. Since moving to Seattle in 2002 he has collaborated with Eyvind Kang, Secret Chiefs 3, Climax Golden Twins, Lori Goldston, Greg Kelley, Wayne Horvitz, Illusion of Safety, Chris Brokaw, Grails, Wally Shoup, etc. Abramson is a member of the groups Diminished Men, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Spider Trio, what, Telescoping, and Virovka.
Harry Everett Smith was an underground influencer of 20th century music, art and film He grew up the Pacific Northwest, then left in the late ’40s to participate in the San Francisco Beat and Greenwich Village creative communities. Smith’s impact on American culture continues, and has accelerated since his death in 1991, with numerous books, music events, museum exhibits, albums and documentaries devoted to his work.
A Grammy winner for lifetime achievement, he was “famous everywhere underground,” in the words of Allen Ginsberg, who recalled: “He was given a moment to make a speech and said very briefly that he was happy to live long enough to see the American political culture affected and moved and shaped somewhat by American folk music, meaning the whole rock-n-roll, Bob Dylan, Beatnik, post-Beatnik youth culture.”
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