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May 2

The Garden and The Ghost

May 2 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Garden and The Ghost

The Garden and The Ghost

The Garden and The Ghost. An ecstatic vision of destruction and creation, Derek Jarman’s newly restored masterpiece, THE GARDEN, isn’t without hope that we can regrow a paradise before the film will be a live performance by Michael Foster’s THE GHOST, a sax-drums-bass trio subverting improvisation, noise music, and free jazz.

THE GARDEN (1990, 95 mins)

Derek Jarman’s visually-stunning, elemental, and avant-garde masterpiece is a waking dream and fiery polemic reclaiming of the Old Testament for queer audiences. Experience a cinematic Holy Grail that was nearly impossible to see for two decades, newly restored in 4k on the big screen of our Sanctuary.


Michael Foster: tenor & soprano saxophones, Jared Radichel: double bass, Joey Sullivan: drums & percussion.  Michael Foster is a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist who works in the fields of free improvisation, noise, free jazz, graphic and video notation, performance art, and other forms of weird music. Foster utilizes extensive instrumental preparations, augmenting his saxophone with amplification, objects, balloons, drum heads, vibrators, tapes, and samples to subvert and queer the instrument’s history and traditional roles.

“The Ghost was formed as both a tribute to my disparate influences in free jazz, harsh noise, and the gay underground community and as a middle finger to the suffocating heteronormative establishment of improvised music. The album Vanished Pleasures stands as a new direction for this project, utilizing overt compositional frameworks to convey the anxieties of aging, sexual freedom, and the power relations inherent in the sax-bass-drums format. The title comes from Derek Jarman’s “The Garden,” referring to the vanished pleasures of untethered, youthful sexuality and the friends whose lives were cut short.” ​In addition to his work as a performer, he is also active as a curator throughout New York City, co-founding “Queer Trash,” a curatorial collective focusing on providing visibility to LGBTQIA+ performers engaged in experimental performance practices.


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May 2
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Epsilon Spires
190 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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