Acclaimed Tin Hat Quartet accompanies silent films by Ladislaw Starewicz at UCLA's Royce Hall
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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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Alternative Chamber Music writes music to be the soundtrack of the richer moments of our lives. A unique combination of American Roots music (Banjo, Dobro), Eastern European (Klezmer clarinet and accordion), and classical elements.
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Note: The special kids show is at 2pm and is slightly abridged.
Making freewheeling chamber music for the 21st century, the Bay Area’s Tin Hat Quartet first earned widespread acclaim in 1999 with their debut release Memory Is An Elephant. While touring the United States and Europe extensively, the trio went on to release their subsequent albums to rave reviews: 2000’s Helium with guest Tom Waits, and 2002’s The Rodeo Eroded with guest Willie Nelson. “Music of Old World depth delivered with New World brio,” wrote Billboard magazine. “Those numb to the blips and bloops of the digital age will welcome the infectious acoustica of the classically trained, jazz-honed Tin Hat Quartet’s circus swirl of soul, mingling Left Bank jazz with Gypsy honky-tonk, skewed tango with postmodern classicism.”
Praised for the cinematic qualities of their music, the restlessly creative ensemble has recently embarked on an intriguing new endeavor: performing original scores for silent short films by the Russian animation pioneer Ladislaw Starewicz. Joined on stage by a sound effects artist, they accompany several of the legendary director’s exquisite insect and puppet animations, all made between 1911 and 1925: The Cameraman’s Revenge, The Insect’s Christmas, The Frogs Who Wanted A King, The Ant And The Grasshopper, Lily Of Belgium or Country Rat, Town Rat.