Jon Jost & Ralph White: American Transcendence! @ EXPLODED VIEW gallery/microcinema, Tucson [18 January]

Jon Jost & Ralph White: American Transcendence!

19:30 - 22:00

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EXPLODED VIEW gallery/microcinema
197 E Toole Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85701
A night of transcendental American experimentalism in music and film! Ev fave Ralph White (from Austin's BAD LIVERS on banjo/fiddle/guitar/voice) will start the evening with his sonic visions! The second bill of the evening will be a rare screening of experimental works by the renowned maverick independent filmmaker Jon Jost! Jon will be in-person and presenting a selections of his visual essays and abstract videos that focus on landscape, character and «what it means to be alive».
Come support his last American cine tour!!!
Jon Jost is a veteran film and video-maker, having made his first work in 1963 in Cassina Amata, Paderno Dugnano (Milano), Italy. Since then he’s worked continuously, making some 38 feature length works, more than thirty short films, several installations, along with painting, writing, and playing-composing music (C&W). While his films were screened regularly in major festivals and small ones too, they fail almost all criteria for the present day “market economy” value system, and are more or less not shown outside the festival circuit. In the last few years they seem also to not suit festivals, as the rejection list gets longer.

An inveterate traveler, Jon has lived since 1962 in Chicago, San Francisco, Ben Lomond, Los Angeles, Leucadia (Ca.); Cottage Grove (OR), Kalispell, Butte (MT), Berlin, London, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, New York City, Portland, and Lincoln NE, Seoul, S Korea. After quitting his job as “Distinguished Professor” at Yonsei University in July 2011, he haslived with his wife, Marcella, on the road in Europe and the USA.
Ralph E Whit's bio
«White was a member of well-loved punk bluegrass outfit Bad Livers, but his solo work is possessed of a much more lonesome spark, exaggerating the implied drone at the heart of the music of Dock Boggs and The Stanley Brothers...White plays wooden six-string banjo, violin, button accordion and kalimba and his voice has a high, eerie quality to it...extremely psychedelic» (David Keenan, The Wire UK)���

One of our foremost instrumentalists and a true hidden American treasure, Ralph White has taken the back roads in his inspired pursuit of the ancient roots of music. The «folk/noise/avant-whatever genius» (Joe Gross, Austin Statesman) has made many strange travels as an itinerant musician and laborer. Thus his intimate, nuanced musical language has slowly revealed itself, along a path that meanders from the apple orchards of British Columbia to the villages of Zimbabwe and Namibia, from the lonesome moors of Ireland to Australia, Brittany, Peru, Louisiana and beyond. There is also the influence of White's hometown of Austin, Texas, a rich musical crossroads in and of itself.

Along with Danny Barnes and Mark Rubin, White completed the original and definitive lineup of country/bluegrass mavericks (and recent Texas Music Hall of Fame inductees) The Bad Livers. He now performs his singular blend of ancient rural folk music and original songwriting as a soloist. Since touring extensively in North America and Europe, White has kept a prolific schedule of independent releases, «where borders are erased and music is the only language» (Insound). Most recently, his «Navasota River Devil Squirrel», called «a fine navigation of the American mystery zone» (Volcanic Tongue) was reissued on vinyl LP by Mystra Records/Spirit of Orr. And in late 2009 the Resipiscent label issued his improv collaboration with San Francisco sound artist Hora Flora Sound System. New releases are scheduled for 2010, including a solo album with Austin indie Monofonus. White has also self-released limited edition works and is called on for various recording projects and film scores & appearances.

In addition to his solo work, White has recorded or performed with a diverse group of folk and avant-garde musicians: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Jandek, Jack Rose, Eugene Chadbourne, Michelle Shocked, Sun City Girls' Sir Richard Bishop, Powell St. John and Michael Hurley. He plays fiddle in traditional Cajun dance band The Gulf Coast Playboys, and, with folk singer Amy Annelle, performs in the roots country & folk duo Precious Blood.--D Walker, 2009�
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