Electronic Eyes is a two-week event focusing on collaboration featuring cutting-edge music with new electronic media. The festival, which began last week, is being held at the Southern Theater at 1420 Washington Ave, South. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $15 (1 show) and $27 (2 shows). The schedule taken from the pages of the Southern Theater’s website is listed below.
Thursday & Friday, May 17 & 18
Cinemix and Tangoslave
VJ Neverwas (a.k.a. Christopher Cunningham) has assembled an ingenious two-part program of live, electronically mixed music combined with adrenaline inducing film cuts and clips. In Cinemix, frenetic mambo becomes cubist/butoh dream-theater, while every car chase in cinematic history implodes into one perpetual swirl of color, action and sound. Tangoslave merges the live instrumental performance of composer Astor Piazzola’s most emotional music with a live video remix of classic Argentine tango films and present day Buenos Aires streetlife via spycam. Featuring cello duo Jelloslave, along with pianist Justine Sasanfar, DJ/LIVE mixer James Patrick and a host of other musicians, VJs and audio mix specialists.
J. Anthony Allen
“J. Anthony Allen’s sound installations are like an aural hallucinogen.” – Chris Roberts, Minnesota Public Radio
A prolific composer of electronic music, J. Anthony Allen’s arrangements show how electronic music and video can be performed in an expressive way, using interactive media to create a synergy of tradition and progression. His latest creation is a fast-paced work that utilizes new and dramatic electro-acoustic instruments (like “sound gloves” wired with computer sensors) in harmony with a live string quartet, to produce an exhilarating multi-media performance.
Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20
Electropolis, Anne Elias and Xelias Aerialists
Between the Head and the Hands
A Transformation of Metropolis
Electropolis’ astonishing surround-soundtrack to Fritz Lang’s 1927 futuristic silent masterpiece Metropolis serves only as the starting point for this must-see sensual feast. It’s a cross section of musical genres and artistic disciplines–experimental jazz/electronica, classical, free improvisation, hip hop, sculpture, dance, aerialists and Anne Elias’ videography–woven together for a happening that is beyond what each could achieve alone. With guests Jelloslave, Bill Mike, Desdemona and Diana Grasselli.