@ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sylvano Bussotti: RARA FILM
performed with live piano accompaniment by Sylvano Bussotti
presented in collaboration with SFMOMA as part of the NOW PLAYING series, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Progetto Sonora-CEMAT.
[Free with museum admission]
An evening with Italian composer and director Sylvano Bussotti, inspired by the just opened exhibition Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870. A key innovator in contemporary music since the early 1960s, Bussotti’s silent Rara (film) links “filmed portraits” of the Italian avant-garde, from the circle around Pier Paolo Pasolini to the ex-pats of Julian Beck’s The Living Theater, to Bussotti’s muse Cathy Berberian. In this screening, we watch the director watch and respond to his film. (Frank Smiegel)
9:00PM Bussotti: Concert-Retrospective
Sylvano Bussotti and the sfSoundGroup in performance
Curated by Luciano Chessa
Following the screening, sfSoundGroup joins the composer to move across Bussotti’s music, including the 1958/9 Breve for the early electronic instrument, ondes martenot, to the sizzling two-pianos duo Tableaux vivants avant La Passion selon Sade (1964), to the current Variazione Berio (2007). As always at Now Playing, Meatpaper magazine leads a “Food & Thought” event on the Rooftop Garden.