Laurie Anderson: Lou Reed Drones, Viola Duets
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Laurie Anderson
Resident Artistic Director

Laurie Anderson: Lou Reed Drones, Viola Duets

w/ Stewart Hurwood, Eyvind Kang, & Ulrich Krieger

NOV 28–DEC 2 | SFJAZZ RESIDENT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR LAURIE ANDERSON

Nov 30
Grace Cathedral

Please note: This is a general admission event held at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. SF. Lou Reed Drones is an installation/performance piece. Laurie Anderson and guest musicians will interact and perform throughout Grace Cathedral during the duration of the session. The piece has a duration of 4 hours, and we encourage people to come and go as they wish. The audience is enouraged to bring an instrument if they like and participate in the performance.

Please note that the the volume level of the installation will be louder than a typical SFJAZZ concert, and earplugs will be provided to those sensitive to certain frequencies.

Laurie Anderson presents an incredible drone-based sonic experience utilizing a number of historic guitars from her late husband Lou Reed's collection. This installation, curated by Reed's former guitar technician Stewart Hurwood, places the instruments in an arrangement against a group of amplifiers so that their tuned feedback creates an enveloping drone of harmonics that shifts and changes depending on the audience’s location within the grand space of Grace Cathedral. Further, the Cathedral’s natural 7-second echo will add immeasurably to the profound Doppler effect the audience experiences as they move around the space. Anderson herself will perform live with violist Eyvind Kang and saxophonist Ulrich Krieger.

FROM LAURIE ANDERSON:
“I’m really looking forward to presenting Lou Reed’s powerful drone piece. Something between an installation and performance this piece features the hypnotic overtones and harmonics of guitar feedback. As part of it, I will be joined by Eyvind Kang and Ulrich Krieger.”

ABOUT LAURIE ANDERSON
One of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers, Laurie Anderson is best known for her music, multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created a series of groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Introduced to mainstream pop culture through the single “O Superman” from her 1981 debut album Big Science and large-scale theater piece United States, Anderson released a procession of albums including Mister Heartbreak, Strange Angels, Bright Red, Life on a String, and Homeland, among others, and has collaborated with artists including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, John Zorn, William S. Burroughs, Spalding Gray, Christian McBride, Bobby McFerrin, and the Kronos Quartet. She continues to produce new touring productions combining her music and visual art that range from simple spoken word to elaborate multimedia stage performances, and she directed the 2015 documentary film Heart of a Dog, which received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination.

ABOUT LAURIE ANDERSON

Laurie Anderson (has) made some of the most interesting art of the late 20th century.

Wired

None of her work appears strained or studied, no razzle-dazzle for razzle-dazzle's sake; all of it serves to show and tell stories that we instantly recognize, though we hadn't seen it quite that way before.

Wired

None of her work appears strained or studied, no razzle-dazzle for razzle-dazzle's sake; all of it serves to show and tell stories that we instantly recognize, though we hadn't seen it quite that way before.

Wired

Personnel

Stewart Hurwood guitar technician
Laurie Anderson viola
Eyvind Kang viola
Ulrich Krieger saxophone

Personnel

Stewart Hurwood guitar technician
Laurie Anderson viola
Eyvind Kang viola
Ulrich Krieger saxophone

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