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Gary Lucas/Luis Buñuel
Mar 18, 2016 @ 8:00 pm| $20
The renowned guitarist Gary Lucas has a long history of scoring and accompanying film live—both silent and sound. A pioneer of the genre, Lucas has performed his live scores around the world for film masterworks including Carl Dreyer’s 1932 “Vampyr”, Tod Browning’s 1925 “The Unholy Three” and James Whale’s 1931 “Frankenstein”.
For this special evening’s program Gary Lucas will be live solo-guitar scoring Luis Buñuel’s 1962 surrealistic classic “El Angel Exterminador”. This performance is the U.S. premiere of Lucas’ live score for the film, which he debuted at the 2011 Havana Film Festival.
Called “The thinking man’s guitar hero” (The New Yorker), and “One of the best and most original guitarists in America–a modern guitar miracle” (Rolling Stone), GARY LUCAS first established his reputation as a formidable guitarist with avant-rock visionary Captain Beefheart performing Don Van Vliet’s incredibly complex solo guitar compositions as a member of Beefheart’s Magic Band. Emerging from the NYC Downtown Scene in the late 80’s with groundbreaking solo concerts, Lucas went on to establish his name as a world class guitarist, songwriter and composer in his own right, releasing over 25 acclaimed solo and ensemble albums in a variety of genres (including avant-rock and jazz, acoustic folk, electronic, blues-raga fusion, and 30′ Chinese pop ), and making live appearances in over 40 countries, including China, Mexico, India, Japan, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and of course all over Europe. A Grammy-nominated songwriter best known for co-writing his late partner Jeff Buckley’s anthems “Grace” and “Mojo Pin”, Lucas has recorded and performed over his career luminaries across the entire spectrum of music, including Leonard Bernstein, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, John Cale, Bryan Ferry, Patti Smith, Chris Cornell, Peter Hammill, John Zorn, Future Sound of London, Roswell Rudd, and He also performs his original live film scores accompanying both silent and sound films events including the Havana Film Festival. the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and at Royal Festival Hall in London at the London Jazz Festival. He has released three new albums this year, STEREOPTICON, a rootsy folk-pop album with singer Jann Klose; FLEISCHEREI: Music from Max Fleischer Cartoons featuring 2015 Tony nominee Sarah Stiles; and PEARLY CLOUDS, featuring his ethno-blues psychedelic trio exploring traditional Hungarian folk music. Gary Lucas makes his home in NYC.