Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sylvano Bussotti: RARA FILM

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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.