May 18 – Noisy People!

Sunday May 18, 2008, 7:00 pm

At the Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Ave. just south of Melrose
Park across the street (free) at Fairfax High School

Los Angeles Filmforum, NewTown and CineFamily present
Noisy People — Films plus a live performance!
Funded in part through Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TICKET PRICES FOR THIS SHOW:
$15 general/$12 members (Cinefamily and Filmforum)
For advance tickets, visit CineFamily’s ticketing website.

Noisy People (2006, 76 minutes, video) Feel like blowing into the wrong end of a horn or slapping a drum with a head of lettuce? These folks do it, and make beautiful music. Skronking saxes, manipulated violins, superb synthesizers – freely improvised or thoroughly composed … Noisy People is a feature-length video documentary following the tightly-knit group of unusual sound artists and musicians from the San Francisco improvisational music community.

But even better, after the screening will be a LIVE PERFORMANCE by a quartet of the subjects of the film — Tom Dill (trumpet), Gino Robair (percussion/electronics), Phillip Greenlief (sax) — and the filmmaker Tim Perkis (electronics). A Q&A session with the performers will follow the screening. More on the film can be found here.

Filmmaker Tim Perkis, himself a well-respected player in the Bay Area experimental music scene, followed his subjects for a year, filming them in their homes and studios, rehearsals and performances. What emerges is a set of funny and lively portraits of some very creative and quirky people — and a portrait of a way of life outside the commercial musical mainstream of America.

They’re not making a living at it — but these artists have pursued their work passionately and in the process have created a world-wide following and a supportive community at home. These are people, who, as composer John Shiurba put it, “aren’t going somewhere, but who ARE somewhere.”

The film features George Cremaschi, Tom Djll, Greg Goodman, Phillip Greenlief, Cheryl Leonard, Dan Plonsey, Gino Robair, Damon Smith. Also appearing are dozens of other creative musicians, including Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith and Jack Wright.

Bios of the filmmaker & performers (click on Keep Reading for more):

Tim Perkis (filmmaker, musician, electronics)
TIM PERKIS has been working in the medium of live electronic and computer sound for many years, performing, exhibiting installation works and recording in North America,Europe and Japan. His work has largely been concerned with exploring the emergence of life-like properties in complex systems of interaction.In addition, he is a well known performer in the world of improvised music, having performed on his electronic improvisation instruments with hundreds of artists and groups, including Chris Brown, John Butcher, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia, Frank Gratkowski, Luc Houtkamp, Yoshi Ichiraku, Joelle Leandre, Roscoe Mitchell, Gino Robair, ROVA saxophone quartet, Elliott Sharp, Leo Wadada Smith and John Zorn. Ongoing groups he has founded or played in include the League of Automatic Music Composers and the Hub — pioneering live computer network bands — and Rotodoti, the Natto Quartet, Fuzzybunny, All Tomorrow’s Zombies and Wobbly/Perkis/Antimatter.

Recordings of his work are available on several labels: Artifact, Limited Sedition, 482, Lucky Garage, Praemedia, Rastascan and Tzadik (USA); EMANEM(UK); Sonore and Meniscus(France); Curva Minore and Snowdonia (Italy); XOR(Netherlands); Creative Sources(Portugal).

Noisy People is his first feature-length film.

Tom Djll (trumpet)
Born Indiana, 1957. DJILL studied music at Berklee School of Music, the Colorado College, the Creative Music Studio, and Mills College with Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Karl Berger, Lester Bowie, Leo Smith, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, and many others. Tom has spent over twenty years using the trumpet as an analog flesh synthesizer. He has made a lifelong study of the art of improvised music, and has been performing since age seventeen. He has performed with Natsuki Tamura, Andrew Voigt, Biggi Vinkeloe, Chris Brown, Gianni Gebbia, Steve Adams, Fred Frith, and many many others. Tom Djll also writes about music for The Wire, Signal To Noise and other publications. He is also a graphic designer and photographer.

Phillip Greenlief (sax)
Since 1982, Saxophonist/Composer Phillip Greenlief has performed internationally in a variety of settings. Greenlief’s recordings and performances have received critical acclaim in many national jazz publications (Down Beat, Jazz Times, 5/4, Cadence, Modern Saxophone, All About Jazz, The Los Angeles Times, etc.), as well as residing on many Critics Top 10 lists. His duo recordings of improvised music with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola received 5 stars in the 1999 Music Hound Jazz Essential Album Guide. Phillip is the founder of Evander Music, an independent record label that presents original composition, improvised music and new jazz.

Gino Robair (percussion/electronics)
Gino Robair is a percussionist, music journalist, and published composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gino frequently tours North America and Europe as a soloist and often improvises in ad-hoc groups. He has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Tom Waits, John Butcher, LaDonna Smith, Otomo Yoshihide, Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, The Club Foot Orchestra, and he is a founding member of the Splatter Trio. His web site is here.

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