The evening of May 1st I experienced the Orchestrion Project, conceived and directed by Pat Metheny at The Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. I obeyed the request not to take photos or make recordings, so I will offer the readily available ubiquitous You Tube examples and links to official sites where some images are available. Pat Metheny has provided some photos by Jimmy Katz on his site (left). The first part of this post is a comment on the memorable guitar collection and the second part on the automated Orchestrion. (continue reading…)
It is the time of year when all of Vancouver becomes culturally categorized by which films they have seen or are about to see at the Vancouver International Film Festival. For a list of where the cool kids are going, see my daughter’s blog, Dreampepper.
The big news for me was that the film about Trimpin was going to be screened and there was a talk with the artist and the film creator, Peter Esmonde on Friday at 5:00pm. The name of the film is “Trimpin, The Sound of Invention“, a very apt titleconsidering the wonderful sonic projects Trimpin has created over the years. I went to see my friend Trimpin and the director/producer of the film, Peter Esmonde, at Pacific Cinematique.
The talk was really informative as I had no idea the Trimpin has collaborated so closely with Conlon Nancarrow, the master of player piano composition. When the film excerpt showed how Trimpin had saved Conlon’s work so it could be enjoyed by future generations I was amazed. I found this photo of Trimpin (foreground left) and Conlon (right) and I linked to the Minnesota Public Radio site to show it to you.