Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, Featuring Organist Christoph Bull
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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We went mainly to see the Berlin... film, which was interesting and had numerous excellent bits of daily life and particularly fine industrial shots (cf Chaplin's Modern Times) but way too much of trains and streetcars. Christoph Bull's improvised accompaniment was outstanding. The first part of the program was a sequence of organ pieces by German composers, including himself. My body is still reverberating, but however powerful the instrument or accomplished the player, we have decided that organ recitals are actually not our cup of tea.
Part of the Goethe-Institut 40th anniversary celebration of Los Angeles’ sister city partnership with Berlin, organist Christoph Bull performs a live score to Walter Ruttman’s influential silent documentary, Berlin: Die Sinfonie einer Großstadt (1927), an optimistic ode to the “new” Berlin of the late 1920s, filmed less than 20 years before the Nazi occupation. An enthralling visual symphony in five movements, this expressionistic, feature-length montage offers a kaleidoscopic view of a single day in the life of the bustling metropolis, from dawn to dusk. The evening begins with an all-German concert on Royce Hall’s magnificent pipe organ featuring works by Nicolaus Bruhns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms, N.J. Schneider and Christoph Bull.