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    Laurie Anderson: Quanjing Jieyao Pian w/ Mike Patton



    Laurie Anderson & Mike Patton
    SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director
    LAURIE ANDERSON: QUANJING JIEYAO PIAN W/ MIKE PATTON


    JAN 23–26 | SFJAZZ RESIDENT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR LAURIE ANDERSON

    JAN 25
    Miner Auditorium
    SAT JAN 25
    Leaders Circle Presale
    7:30 PM
    $45 | $65 | $85 | $105

    This night brings an exploration of vocal styles, as Anderson is joined by singer and composer Mike Patton.

    Defined by the All Music Guide as “a complete and utter musical visionary and a mind-blowing and standard-warping genius,” Patton founded the experimental metal band Mr. Bungle and has fronted the Bay Area-based rock stalwarts Faith No More for three decades, while navigating the outer fringes of avant-garde and improvised music. He has collaborated extensively with maverick composer John Zorn and fronted a number of eclectic band projects including Mondo Cane, Fantômas, Tomahawk, and Dillinger Escape Plan.

    ABOUT LAURIE ANDERSON
    The pair will focus on the text from “Quanjing Jieyao Pian,” the final chapter of Jixiao Xinshu – the famous military manual written in the 16th century by Ming dynasty general and Chinese national hero Qi Jiguang. The chapter, which translates to “The Fist Canon and the Essentials of Nimbleness,” concerns the subject of unarmed combat exercises as physical training, and is the first known written document of martial arts instruction. The text, written in verse, is oddly poetic considering its pragmatic nature, and is fertile ground for creativity for these two modern music figures.
    I need to start a Laurie Anderson thread. I was a huge fan of hers growing up and met her through Lou Reed. I've since met with her on a few occasions and even did an interview with her: Laurie Anderson on Tai Chi and THE HEART OF A DOG
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    Gong xi fa cai



    22 JANUARY 2020 / ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / JOE KUKURA
    Legendary Musician and Performance Artist Laurie Anderson Arrives at SFJAZZ This Weekend
    Sunday’s solo performance is sold out, but Laurie Anderson’s Thursday, Friday, and Saturday collaborations have seats available if you act fast.

    We’ve had experimental composer Laurie Anderson pop into our fair city before, but never with the variety of notable guests and wildly unconventional concepts as with her latest SFJAZZ artistic director residency that begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Each show is totally nuts and different! KPIX explains that Ms. Anderson will be in town all weekend, and the multimedia performance art legend behind the eight-minute, surprise early-80s hit “O Superman” will expand her onstage repertoire with Ming dynasty texts, cello jazz, and more at SFJAZZ’s Miner Auditorium.



    Anderson’s Saturday night collaboration with Mike Patton is described as “Almost Sold Out” on the SFJAZZ website, so fans of the Faith No More and Mr. Bungle frontman will want to snap up those tickets quickly. Per that site, the pair will be performing a set of Ming dynasty texts “Jixiao Xinshu — the famous military manual written in the 16th century by Ming dynasty general and Chinese national hero Qi Jiguang,” set to music. Anderson will be on keyboards and violin, with Patton on the vocals, and presumably there will crazy **** happening in the background.

    Thursday and Friday’s shows will both incorporate rock and jazz cellist Rubin Kodheli. Thursday’s jazz strings trio performance adds wildly accomplished studio bassist Christian McBride to the mix (that one’s also “Almost Sold Out”), Saturday is a duet with Anderson and Kodheli playing “what Anderson calls their combined ‘hyper-instrument’ — part acoustic, part electronic. Sunday night’s solo show is sold out.



    Sidenote: SFJAZZ has quite the weekend next weekend too, with two shows with the great Mavis Staples. Staples, 80, was a 2016 Kennedy Center honoree.

    SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Laurie Anderson series, Thurs. Jan 23 - Sun. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Miner Auditorium, 201 Franklin Street, (415) 788-7353

    Laurie Anderson + Qi Jiguang and Mike Patton. Yes, this is how I'm celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow.
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    Meditation on Violence by Maya Deren

    I'm creating an indie thread for Laurie Anderson: Quanjing Jieyao Pian off of the Qi Jiguang's chapter on boxing in English thread, as well as a stand alone thread for Meditation on Violence by Maya Deren. Laurie concluded her Quanjing Jieyao Pian show last Saturday showing this video while adding her own soundtrack. It's a fascinating study which I've never seen before.

    Here's some discussion of it:

    This first article has the embedded video clip with the original music
    Meditation on Violence
    A poetic film by Maya Deren featuring performance by Chao Li-Chi
    21 May 2012

    Meditation on Violence (1948) a film by Maya Deren. Black and white, 16mm, 15mins.

    Playing out the movements of the Wu Tang ritual, American avant-garde filmmaker MAYA DEREN explores movement and performance in Meditation On Violence. Filmed in 1948, dancer CHAO LI-CHI delivers a performance blurring beauty into violence, the Yin into the Yang, light into darkness. Deren experiments with film time, reversing the film part way through producing a loop. Moving forwards and then backwards, the difference in the Wu Tang movements is almost imperceptible.

    Text by Sophie Pinchetti.


    Chao Li-Chi performing. A still from Meditation on Violence (1948) a film by Maya Deren. Black and white, 16mm, 15mins.


    Confronting Light and Darkness. A still from Meditation on Violence (1948) a film by Maya Deren. Black and white, 16mm, 15mins.


    A still from Meditation on Violence (1948) a film by Maya Deren. Black and white, 16mm, 15mins.
    Here's another article:
    Meditation On Violence (1948)
    8 MAR
    Director Maya Deren
    Producer Maya Deren
    Contributors Cherel Ito, Chao Li Chi
    Length 15 minutes
    B&W/Color B&W
    UO Library Catalog description: Based on traditional training movements of the Wu-tang and Shaolin schools of Chinese boxing. Solo performance with theatrical lighting but without scenery ; solo performance outdoors in costume.
    Call # Ma73
    Genre Short Films, Dance
    Rare Yes
    Online Yes
    Copyright status Public Domain
    Physical condition Good
    Oregon-related No

    Notes: Meditation On Violence is a short film directed by avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren. It was originally produced for a theatrical release in 1948. “Theatrical” is a term that should be used loosely, especially with Deren’s films, as the locales that she screened them in were usually art galleries or her own living room, which she converted into a makeshift theater for private viewings.

    The film features Chao Li Chi, a Shanxi-born actor and dancer who worked extensively in American television and film. Meditation On Violence was one of his firs appearances on film. In it, he attempts to display the ideals of the Wu-Tang philosophy, which centers around the idea of constant motion according to “-which the perfect form is that of no form in an excellent performance attempts to display the ideals of the Wu Tang philosophy which is a philosophy of constant motion, which is achieved when you’re in a state of constant motion” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040578/). Chao Li Chi had an extensive history with Deren, and was a regular member of the dance troupe she was involved in during the 1940’s. I find it particularly interesting that Li Chi had such a successful career in Television and Film after working with Deren on such artsy, underground projects. He has subsequently appeared in Big Trouble In Little China, M*A*S*H, The Joy Luck Club, The Nutty Professor, The Prestige, Wedding Crashers and Pushing Daisies.

    While at first glance this film may seem just like a documentation of a dance sequence, the editing style elevates it above the status of performance piece. The avant-garde style of Maya Deren is certainly not as pronounced in Meditation On Violence as a film like Meshes Of The Afternoon, but their are a fair number of sequences shot in slow motion, and “-the camera itself becomes the boxer’s sparring partner, dodging and attempting to return the athlete’s blows. The adjustments, pans, and zooms of the camera simulate a human response” (worldcat.com). It should also be noted that the film loops, returning to the first sequence. This technique breaks the passage of time, which was very typical of Deren’s films.

    Another interesting thing is to note the soundtrack. Deren recorded Haitian drums for the piece, which reflected her fascination with Voodoo during the time period it was made.
    And here's a vid that has an alternate soundtrack:
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    I may change the title of this thread

    The title is currently 'Laurie Anderson: Quanjing Jieyao Pian' but I may drop the 'Quanjing Jieyao Pian' part. As you can read above, that was about a specific performance but Laurie has more to say regarding martial practices.

    I wrote a review of Quanjing Jieyao Pian for our unfinished final issue that I really hoped to publish because I could unpack that piece like no one else. Hopefully it may see the light of day someday.

    Meanwhile, here's something somewhat relevant to practice - Laurie's new podcast AWAKEN


    AWAKEN PODCAST
    HOSTED BY LAURIE ANDERSON

    The Rubin Museum presents, AWAKEN, a podcast hosted by acclaimed musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” In 10 episodes we dive into the personal stories of guests who share how they’ve experienced a shift in their awareness, and as a result, their perspective on life. From deep introspection to curious life-changing moments, awakening can take many forms, from the mundane to the sacred. Taking inspiration from the exhibition Awaken: a Tibetan Buddhist Journey Towards Enlightenment, we use artworks as a jumping off point and hear from authors, artists, wisdom bearers, and Buddhist teachers, because every journey is different.

    AWAKEN guests include comedian Aparna Nancherla; gender non-conforming writer, performer, and public speaker Alok Vaid-Menon; psychologist, author and teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening, Tara Brach; master birth doula and world renowned wellness leader Latham Thomas; musician, songwriter, and best-selling author Amanda Palmer; artist Tsherin Sherpa; best-selling author, activist, and Buddhist Teacher Lama Rod Owens; hospice and palliative medicine physician and author, BJ Miller; Medicine Woman of Seminole heritage and traditional Cheyenne training, Patricia James; and Tibetan Buddhist master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
    Gene Ching
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