Music at the Wende: Five Skins Presents “Man with a Movie Camera - Человек с кино-аппаратом”

March 4, 2022

7 p.m.: Museum tour and reception
8 p.m.: Concert

The premiere of a curated live score by Five Skins co-artistic directors Daniel Goldblum and Dominyka Šeibok. The performance includes avant-garde wind quintet music from Cold War-Hungary by composers György Ligeti and György Kurtág, paired with Dziga Vertov's landmark cinematic innovation, Man with a Movie Camera (1929, USSR).

The film begins with a bold declaration: 

“AN EXPERIMENT IN CINEMATIC COMMUNICATION… towards the creation of an authentically international absolute language of cinema.” 

With a wealth of wit and idealism, he documents life in three Soviet cities–Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa–through a transcendent and singular camera-eye. 

Like Vertov, Ligeti and Kurtág lived at the extreme edges of expression, and their work is imbued with the same manic spirit of intense rebellion and irony. By melding the film with synergistic sounds, Five Skins hopes to further Vertov’s vision, mining the past to explore the alchemy of sound and image. 

Performers
Dominyka Šeibok - flute, alto flute, piccolo
Claire Brazeau - oboe, english horn
Sérgio Coelho - clarinet
Amy Sanchez - french horn
Daniel Goldblum - bassoon 

 

About Five Skins
Founded in 2019 in Los Angeles, Five Skins is an interdisciplinary arts organization combining classical performance with other art forms, from theatre and dance to original film productions, with music that extends beyond classical repertoire into European folk music and free improvisation. They've worked extensively in Lithuania and throughout Europe, and in 2021 they led an interdisciplinary workshop at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary. Previous collaborations include the American Cinematheque, the Pico-Union Project, and the Sound of Silent Film Festival Chicago. 

 

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