Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sundance is alive with the sound of music

This year's Sundance Film Festival focuses their lens on a topic near and dear to my heart: the role of music in film. To that end, there's all kind of events tying the two art forms together - panels, roundtable discussions, a contest and all sorts of live performances. The first of these performances I'd like to profile is (appropriately enough) the Film.com launch party, January 21st at the Star Bar, featuring The Apples in Stereo and West Indian Girl.

Playlist: Music at Sundance 2007

You may remember Apples frontman Robert Schneider was most recently seen here singing the praises of a certain fake talk news host (see Guitarmaddeonit,) and the latest release from the band (New Magnetic Wonder, coming February 7) is through the new record label from Frodo himself (Elijah Wood,) Simian Records. This sunny psychedelic pop outfit is essentially the last band standing from the influential 90's collective known as Elephant 6, which also featured Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control. Since the subject matter is music in film, I guess it'd be criminal of me not to mention The Apples in Stereo's involvement with the film The Powerpuff Girls, as they contributed a song ("Signal in the Sky.")

West Indian Girl (on Astralwerks) I'm less familiar with, but they're from Los Angeles and have a song called "Hollywood" so I imagine that qualifies them enough. They're also playing in Sundance's 'Music On Main' free concert, on January 25th with Of Montreal, Shiny Toy Guns, and DJ J_Luvv (on Main street, naturally.)

Another music performance on January 24th (6:00 p.m. at Sundance House, The Kimball Art Center,) features Keb Mo, jazz great Terence Blanchard and songwriter Michael Penn. Speaking of Michael Penn, he'll be busy playing elsewhere as well, as every afternoon, running from January 19 through 27, the aforementioned Star Bar will be host to live performances from artists like the aforementioned Penn, folk-rock legend Donovan, Alexi Murdoch, Ron Sexsmith, Silversun Pickups, The Album Leaf, Rosie Thomas, Sparta, Jill Sobule and many more.

Elsewhere, in the festival, will be several music-related programs, the first of which is the fascinating experiment Film2Music, where filmmakers turn the tables and visually score the instrumental album Cinematic from composer Kubilay √úner (click here to see films entered.)

A celebration of music and film occurs January 21st at Sundance House (8:30 p.m,) featuring composers/musicians contributing to this crop of Sundance entries. This includes Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Once,) Scratch Massive (Broken English), Craig Wedren (The Ten), and M. Ward (The Go-Getter.) And finally, there will also be a roundtable discussion featuring both composers (including George Clinton) and directors, Wednesday, January 24; 11:00 a.m. at Sundance House. Whew....that's a lot of music!

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Music at Sundance 2007

1. Signal In The Sky - The Apples in Stereo
2. Hollywood - West Indian Girl
3. Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games - Of Montreal
4. Le Disko - Shiny Toy Guns
5. Playground - Terence Blanchard
6. Walter Reed - Michael Penn
7. Big Log - Viktor Krauss
8. Your Love - Keb' Mo'
9. Love On The Rocks (Album Version) - Sara Bareilles
10. Election - Michael Brook
11. Season Of The Witch - Donovan
12. I Don'T Care What You Call Me - David Ford
13. Bound By Love - Gran Bel Fisher
14. Bad Case Of Lovin' You` - Emerson Hart
15. Sing, Theresa Says - Greg Laswell
16. The Speed Of Light - Eric Lewis
17. The Skylark / Maud Millar - James Morrison
18. Orange Sky - Alexi Murdoch
19. Secret Heart - Ron Sexsmith
20. Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups
21. Supermodel - Jill Sobule
22. Taking Back Control - Sparta
23. The Light - The Album Leaf
24. It's You (Single) - Annie Stela
25. Again & Again (Single) - The Bird And The Bee
26. Since You've Been Around - Rosie Thomas
27. This Low - Glen Hansard
28. I Don't Want To Have Sex With You - Scratch Massive
29. Invite Them Up - Craig Wedren
30. Chinese Translation - M. Ward