Los Angeles: Angel City Jazz Festival Sneak Previews

Los Angeles: Angel City Jazz Festival Sneak Previews

Angel City Jazz Festival Sneak Previews

The Reach of Resonance October 8 at Barnsdall Gallery Theater, Motoko Honda Also Performs

Los Angeles, CA – September 10, 2010 – The Angel City Jazz Festival continues its run across Los Angeles in early October with an evening of creative film and music including a special sneak preview of composer, drummer, documentary filmmaker, writer and photographer Steven Elkin’s debut documentary feature The Reach of Resonance at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, in Los Angeles, CA 90027 on October 8.

The event will begin at 8:15pm with a performance by noted eclectic pianist Motoko Honda with the film screening at 9:00pm. Tickets are $15 (Students with I.D. $10) and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121607. This event is produced in association with the Los Angeles Filmforum, the city’s longest running organization dedicated to screening alternative and experimental film and video art, documentaries, and animation, with shows year-round.

The Reach of Resonance, a documentary film by Steve Elkins, juxtaposes the stories of four musicians from different parts of the world using music for very unusual investigations. Among them are Miya Masaoka using music to interact with insects and plants; Jon Rose, the world’s first virtuoso fence player, traveling the world to make music from fences in conflict zones ranging from the Australian outback to Palestine; John Luther Adams using music to study geophysical phenomena in Alaska; and Bob Ostertag, who explores global socio-political issues through processes as diverse as transcribing a riot into a string quartet, and creating live cinema with garbage.

By contrasting the creative paths of these artists, and an unexpected connection between them by the world renowned Kronos Quartet, the film explores music not as a form of entertainment, career, or even self-expression, but as a tool to develop more deeply meaningful relationships with people and the complexities of the world they live in. For a taste the film, a clip of John Luther Adams can be seen at http://vimeo.com/3019076.  The Angel City Jazz Festival is proud to provide this exclusive sneak preview of Elkins film prior to its premiere at film festivals in the months ahead.

Pianist Motoko Honda is the walking definition of the phrase “sound sculpturist.” She stands as much as she sits during her performances: either to direct her ensembles with a sweep of the hand or stabbing point of a finger, or to just lean into her open piano to perform some sort of bewitching skullduggery on its prepared strings – all the while working her foot pedals barefooted to create loops of electronic squiggles and sighs. Not content to simply compose and make music, Honda, in the sage words of LA’s top creative jazz blogger Greg Burk, “colors the air.”

About the Angel City Jazz Festival:

The Angel City Jazz Festival, LA’s only jazz and new music festival, is a weeklong celebration at six exciting venues, combining music, film, art, dance and food with two world premieres. The Angel City Jazz Festival features innovative and original jazz musicians from the west coast and around the world. The festival presents established jazz artists, as well as lesser-known emerging talent, with a focus on west coast creative jazz, past, present and future. The 2010 festival is produced by Angel City Arts, in association with the LA County Arts Commission, LACMA, CalArts, L.A. Film Forum, Cryptogramophone Records and the Jazz Bakery.

The festival can receive tax-deductible donations through Angel City Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

For more information, please see www.angelcityjazz.com