PLEASE NOTE: THIS SILENCE EVENT IS BEING HELD AT THE BOOKSHELF CINEMA, 41 QUEBEC STREET, GUELPH
Thursday, September 14, 9pm, $10/PWYC
FILM AND MUSIC DAY
Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street, Guelph
Vira Burmenko dir.; La vie d’un clown & L’amor d’un clown (two film shorts)
Emma Franz dir.; Bill Frisell: A Portrait (full-length documentary)
Emma Franz Bio
Emma Franz is a filmmaker and musician whose projects have taken her to 35 countries. Her first music feature film, the award-winning Intangible Asset No. 82, screened at SXSW, HotDocs, AFI SIlverdocs and other significant festivals around the world. Franz produced, directed, shot and edited “Bill Frisell, A Portrait.”
Bill Frisell: A Portrait
A character portrait of anti-archetype guitar hero, Bill Frisell, this nuanced film traces the ideas and processes that shaped Frisell’s music, and provides rare insight into the mind and personality of one of the significant musicians of recent decades. Full of live music, revealing stories, and intimate access to the normally reclusive Frisell, various collaborations are followed from development to fruition, including the last ever performance of the Paul Motian Trio with Frisell and Joe Lovano. Also featuring Bonnie Raitt, Hal Willner, Paul Simon, Nels Cline, Joey Baron, Jim Hall, Jason Moran, Mike Gibbs, John Zorn, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter and John Abercrombie.
About Bill Frisell
Over the years, Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Van Dyke Parks, Vic Chesnutt, Rickie, Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Vinicius Cantuária, Marc Johnson (in “Bass Desires”), Ronald Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs (in “Power Tools”), Marianne Faithful, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek, Lyle Mays, Vernon Reid, Julius Hemphill, Paul Bley, Wayne Horvitz, Hal Willner, Robin Holcomb, Rinde Eckert, The Frankfurt Ballet, film director Gus Van Sant, David Sanborn, David Sylvian, Petra Haden and numerous others, including Bono, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and Daniel Lanois on the soundtrack for Wim Wenders’ film Million Dollar Hotel.
This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. This, however, is old news by now. In recent years, it is Frisell’s role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety.
“For over ten years Bill Frisell has quietly been the most brilliant and unique voice to come along in jazz guitar since Wes Montgomery. In light of this, it may be easy to overlook the fact that he may also be one of the most promising composers of American music on the current scene.”
“Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his (guitar)…His music is not what is typically called jazz, though it turns on improvisation; it’s not rock’n roll; and it sure ain’t that tired dinosaur called fusion. In one of the biggest leaps of imagination since the Yardbirds and Jimi Hendrix, Frisell coaxes and slams his hovering split-toned ax into shapes of things to come…But besides being a guitar genius, he’s turned into a terrific songwriter. Like Monk, Frisell’s harmonic and melodic ideas form a succinct, seamless mesh with outer sonic and rhythmic ideas about his ax.”
Vira Burmenko Films
La vie d’un clown:
A skilled artist Jacques Pitre sets out on his journey to find employment in the modern Toronto. Being also a clown he is faced with obstacles and judgment from the people and authorities; yet he finds his tribe along his path. Jacques is a modern Charlie Chaplin in this short, silent black and white comedy-grotesque. He finds joy in simple things and is amazed at the vibrancy of the big city. Through music and the raw emotion of brilliant acting Jacques tells us his story of perseverance and determination.
L’amour d’un clown:
Jacques, the entertainer working at a lounge, and Jacqueline, a waitress, finally decide to take the next step and declare their love for each other. The couple face multiple obstacles, including their employment situation and judgement for their unconventional image. Nevertheless, the true love between two artists overcomes all obstacles.
Vira Burmenko Bio
“When I was little I did not think I was special – I thought we each meant to pick our instrument and to learn to make beautiful music.”
Meet Vira Burmenko, award winning performing artist from the Ukraine, Kiev – a gypsy punk violinist, Vira sets hearts on fire with her bold energy. Fans describe her as the “Female Doctor Draw” and her musical style as “David Garrett meets Lindsey Stirling, exploded with Gypsy fire.”
In the ocean of modern violin, Vira stands out with her pristine instrumental technique and the theatrical twist of dance in live performance.
Her 2015 Akademia Award winning hit singles Three-Mix and The Never Ending Tango received acclimation as Best Instrumental Classical/Electronica and Best Latin and are spun on over 70 FM Radio stations. Vira’s press release with Marquix Global Networks surpassed its 1 million views in February 2016 and her feature Three-Mix video screened in the Toronto Short Film Festival (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVM_yt_KGqc), alongside Moshe Hammer’s “Music Child”. Vira has been recently nominated as the Emerging Artist of the Year in the upcoming In Fame Awards 2017. Among other nominees are Eugene (Doctor) Draw and pianist Elizabeth Spano as Established Artists of the Year.
In the past few years, Vira was featured in the live events around Toronto, among them Miracle on Queen Street at the Naked Bodyz Fashion by designer Brenda Konwisarz, The Waterfront Magazine Media Event at The Toula Lounge performing with Leah Hawkins, The TIFF Green Room by Madflower Canada’s Nico Bacigalupo, Celebrate Toronto, Health and Beauty Expo, The Persian Beauty Awards broadcast on national television. Vira also acted in TV shows and films as a violinist, among them Netflix’ Hemlock Grove. Having gathered her supporters Vira is currently launching a live events and web series campaign of Weekend Motivation, in collaboration with Ouggo’s King Za Milli, a fellow motivational author. The artist will share not only her music but also articles from her life-changing book, My Key to Immortality: Tuning your Mind into the Life of Universal Love, available through Balboa Press, a division of Hay House Publishing. Vira is a speaker at other’s events for music, mind, spirit, body and success in self-realization. Weekend Motivation first video “Waking up Early for Your Success” reached over 201,000 views this summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGcmFqk5zfQ
Vira is currently producing a series of silent short comedy films – in style of Charlie Chaplin – which she directed and scored. “La vie d’un clown” screened in fourteen festivals, has received four international awards, and three nominations, among them:
Best Short Film – Best Actor (Dwight Harrison) – Best Score NYC Indie Film Awards
Best Silent Film Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
Judges’ Top Five Pick TAPFest (Home Base Premiere)
Ohh No You Didn’t Award (Dwayne Wilson Supporting Actor) TAPFest
Dan Willmott Award (Executive Producer Lena Burmenko) TAPFest
Vira’s hit singles are available on iTunes and on Artist’s website: http://www.viraburmenko.com
Vira is represented by EMG Canada’s Sam Ottaviano.