FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Samuel W. Kho, Gallery Curator
All Things Project @ NCGV
YAEL ACHER “KAT” MODIANO
MUSIC FOR SILENT CINEMA
FLUTE, EFFECTS, PREPARED ELECTRONICS
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
All Things Project is pleased to present Yael Acher “Kat” Modiano in a special, one-night performance of flute, effects, and prepared electronic tracks for cinema, on Friday, June 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The film to be selected vis-à-vis Yael Acher’s music is among excellent examples of silent-era movies from 1920s Germany (Weimar Republic years) — a poignantly resonant historical period from a cinematic and cultural standpoint. Similar yet distinct from the role of the original film composer, Yael Acher as an award-winning, free jazz practitioner and a film aficionado responds in “real-time” to the time-based artifact of cinema from another era, produced no more than a century ago. These German Expressionist films were once censored as “degenerate” in the Nazi years, and it may be no coincidence that Yael Acher– as a cultural child of Israel, Denmark, and America– would be drawn to these same films as artistic material. The presentation becomes a multi-level appreciation and appropriation of cinematic wonder and drama.
Acher muses, “Each of these films from the silent era gives us the opportunity to experience people’s lives back then. We might realize that, in spite of the differences in times, little has changed fundamentally when it comes to matters of the heart or moral issues.”
More info on past shows, awards, cd releases of Yael Acher “Kat” Modiano can be found on www.modianomusic.net.
Rob Warren Books & Records (formerly Skyline Books) has partnered with Yael Acher and All Things Project for this special live performance. Of more than passing interest to music artist Yael Acher is the visual time-capsule represented by film: fashion style, architecture, interiors, the early automobile industry. Being such a fan of pop culture, Acher’s nickname “Kat” refers to “Krazy Kat”, the famous comic strip of George Herriman, of the same era. A selection of vintage books, art editions, and records– lovingly curated by bookshop dealer Rob Warren and All Things Project curator Samuel W. Kho– will be available during the performance for enjoyment and purchase. Most titles in this collection will relate to the evening’s performance. A portion of sales goes towards All Things Project to keep arts programming free and accessible in Greenwich Village.
Rob Warren Books & Records is an independent bookstore specializing in “books rare and well done”. In business since 1990, many remember the beloved shop as Skylight Books in its first location on 18th Street. Readers can peruse photography monographs, signed literary editions and various expressions of arts and countercultural ephemera. The shop is now located at 51 W. 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.
YAEL ACHER “KAT” MODIANO: MUSIC FOR SILENT CINEMA is the second official project presented by All Things Project in 2011, marking the fourth year as organized by Gallery Curator Samuel W. Kho. The gallery was launched with assistance from a matching grant and is sustained by many generous donors. All Things Project and its gallery are part of the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village (NCGV), a house of worship that supports cutting-edge visual practices, thoughtful lectures, as well as music and performances. More info at www.allthingsproject.wordpress.com and www.ncgv.net.
YAEL ACHER “KAT” MODIANO: MUSIC FOR SILENT CINEMA
Friday, June 15, 2012, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Doors open at 7:00 (Performance: approximately 95 minutes)
A discussion with artist and curator follows the performance.
On view: vintage books, art editions, and records, from Rob Warren Books & Records
Admission is free and open to the public.