Monday, December 26, 2011

Mark Solotroff performs with Wrekmeister Harmonies @ MCA / Tue 12/27

Please join me for my last performance of 2011.  This is a pretty amazing event to be a part of!  And Tuesday is "free day" at the MCA.

Happy Holidays!

J.R. Robinson, AKA Wrekmeister Harmonies, will be performing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, on Tuesday December 27th at 6:00 PM -- as part of the MCA’s Face the Strange series. Robinson will be screening and conducting a live score to his video, "You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me."  Robinson is a Chicago-based sound artist who works under the name Wrekmeister Harmonies. He has exhibited his ambient tonefields in numerous international institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the J.Paul Getty Museum, the Guggenheim, and the Centre Pompidou. For the MCA’s Face the Strange series, Robinson screens and conducts a live score to his video "You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me." Inspired by minimalist and structuralist filmmakers, Robinson’s video is a highly meditative and starkly beautiful work that juxtaposes various locations in Tasmania, Detroit, Joshua Tree and Brooklyn. Sonically, this version of Wrekmeister Harmonies explores the darkest corners of ambient black metal. The renowned artists joining Robinson for this performance include Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice, T
wilight), Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors), Bruce Lamont (Bloodiest, Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Buried at Sea, Minsk, Nachtmystium), Stavros Giannopolous (The Atlas Moth, Twilight) and Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day), as well as a string section and harpist.

From the Chicago Reader:

As Wrekmeister Harmonies —a bastardization of the title of the 2000 film "Werckmeister Harmonies," by the great Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr—Chicago sound artist J.R. Robinson creates resonant, long-form drone pieces and slow-moving ambient excursions, in both cases using field recordings made around the world, often in famous art museums like the Getty or Centre Pompidou. Last month Robinson performed a live score for Michael Snow's classic 1967 structuralist film/Wavelength/in Los Angeles, and this week he scores his own homage to structuralism, the 45-minute film "You've Always Meant So Much to Me." He's assembled an impressive lineup to play a soundtrack that his publicity materials say explores "the darkest corners of ambient black metal." Given that he's got help from Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Twilight), Stavros Giannopoulos (the Atlas Moth), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit), and Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors), I'm willing to believe it.—Peter Margasak

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