09oct8:00 pm10:00 pmEpsilon Spires Presents Live Film Score Performed by Psychedelic Cinema OrchestraAn Evening of Super 8 Films by Ken Brown Set to Music8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Organized By: Epsilon Spires
Starting at eight P.M. On Saturday, October 9th, the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra will play along live to a collection
Starting at eight P.M. On Saturday, October 9th, the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra will play along live to a collection of films by Ken Brown, who in the late 1960s created light shows and animations that were projected over bands such as Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and the Velvet Underground.
Brown’s Super 8 films, which were made entirely in-camera without the use of editing equipment, collage images from magazines like Life and Look with trippy patterns and lighting effects to create an immersive viewing experience that mirrors the tumult and creative energy of the 1960s.
“The films are a complicated stew of imagery that are propulsive to watch because it happens so quickly,” says Ken Winokur of the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra. “It sends you into a reverie when you play along with them,” he adds.
Winokur will be accompanied by musicians Jonathan LaMaster (formerly of Damo Suzuki’s Network, with the vocalist of the legendary German rock band Can) and Russ Gershon (a member of Boston’s Either/Orchestra, which has collaborated with renowned Ethiopian musicians such as Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed).
The trio will improvise a soundtrack using their signature “repurposed junk” percussion, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, electric violin, guitars, and recorded audio samples from the 1960s to create a kaleidoscopic effect complimentary to the visual style of Brown’s films.
“Ken Brown’s films represent that time so specifically,” says Winokur. “I was old enough to have been around in the 60s, but too young to have participated. So the 60s have always been a ‘Wizard of Oz’ experience for me—this amazing period of time where the flowering of the arts and politics was so vivid and exciting.”
Winokur is a previous member and director of the Alloy Orchestra, which toured throughout North America and Europe performing live accompaniments to classic silent films, including a show at Epsilon Spires in the fall of 2019.
“I was really eager to bring the new band to Epsilon Spires. It’s an amazing place,” Winokur says, adding that the Sanctuary of the former historic First Baptist Church where Epsilon Spires is housed is a “beautiful room with crazy great acoustics.”
Tickets for the event are $18 and can be purchased at www.epsilonspires.org.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Epsilon SpiresJamie Mohr 190 Main Street