Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Text of Light


Text of Light formed in 2001 as a group of musicians to perform improvised music to the films of Stan Brakhage, Harry Smith and other members of the American Cinema avante garde. Brakhage's film 'Text of Light' was their premiere performance and namesake of the group.

The founding members are: Lee Ranaldo and Alan Licht on guitar and devices; Christian Marclay and DJ Olive on turntables; William Hooker on drums and percussion and Ulrich Krieger on saxophone and electronics. The group perform in various incarnations, according to the individuals’ schedules.

On Saturday October 27th at 8pm the Pleasure Dome presents a performance by the band stripped down to the trio of Ranaldo, Licht and Krieger. Taking place at the Latvian House at 491 College Street, it is their first Toronto performance (to my knowledge). Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance (or for members of the Music Gallery or Pleasure Dome). Students get in for $10.

Lee Ranaldo is known to art audiences as a writer, producer, composer and visual artist, as well as a founding member of Sonic Youth. In 2006 he participated in the group exhibition “Infinity Etc.” at Mercer Union. Also from NYC, Alan Licht is a writer, composer and guitarist who most recently visited Toronto to perform with Michael Snow and Aki Onda in October 2006. He is currently writing a book about audio art. Ulrich Krieger is a Berlin-based musician known for arranging noise and minimalist works for classical chamber ensembles, such as compositions by Merzbow, Terry Riley and Throbbing Gristle. Last month he released a recording of a performance of Lou Reed’s 1975 feedback masterpiece “Metal Machine Music”, an album always assumed to be impossible to reproduce live. Reed is featured on the disk.

I am missing this only because of Mercer Union’s Hallowe’en Party (which you should come to afterwards. See below).

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