The Rolling Calf trio perform improvised electroacoustic scores alongside screenings of seminal experimental films as part of Black Quantum Futurism: Temporal Deprogramming.
Led by experimental vocalist, movement artist and composer Elaine Mitchener with saxophonist Jason Yarde and bassist Neil Charles, The Rolling Calf trio make music partly inspired by the innovations of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and other members of the 1960s Black American avant-garde.
As an act of homage and an attempt to contextualise and validate their own experiments in electroacoustic improvisation, the trio perform alongside screenings of abstract non-narrative films The Magic Sun (1966), which records a performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and New York Eye and Ear Control (1964/66), which features Albert Ayler’s quartet with trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray, alongside New York Art Quartet altoist John Tchicai and trombonist Roswell Rudd.
The rarely screened 3 Songs on Pain, Light & Time (1995) will also feature in the programme, a video portrait of the late visual artist Donald Rodney – a leading figure of the BLK Art Group – made by Trevor Mathison and Edward George and produced with Black Audio Film Collective.
The Magic Sun, Dir. Phill Niblock, 1966, black and white, 17 min.
New York Eye and Ear Control, Dir. Michael Snow, 1964/66, black and white, 34 min.
3 Songs on Pain, Light & Time, Dirs. Trevor Mathison and Edward George, 1995, colour
Wed, 21 Aug 2019
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