+ Talks and Discussions
(Tues 19th / 7.30pm / £2 no one turned away due to lack of funds)
A very special screening of Sublime Frequencies films with a discussion. Three members from this collective of intrepid explorers are here to present films from their vast archive of visceral and immediate folk cinema from North Africa, the Middle East and South/South-east Asia. A discussion will take place afterwards to discuss their practises and the experiences they have had making these incredible films and amassing their very collectable music catalogue. Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls), Hisham Mayet and Mark Gergis (Porest) will be in attendance.
The night will première Hisham Mayet's new film 'Palace Of The Winds'. The film explores a culture that is cloaked in mystery and mired in struggle: the Saharawis from the dry, tea-fuelled and windswept Mauritanian Sahara. Journey through music from the northern fringes of the Western Sahara to the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott in an intoxicating tapestry of sight and sound from some of this obscure region's most legendary musicians.
Travelling light, SF filmmakers get close, and their films have a super-real intimacy, devoid of overbearing presenters or safe TV style presentation. You can almost smell the locations. The films often get so involved in the subject matter and music that you get caught up in the mood, languid pace or frenzied music. Other films are erratic, cut and paste collages that give a sense of place through the art of the edit and juxtaposition.
The films offers little context, opting instead for a spontaneous and exciting structure - a rough piece of digital verité. As musical and cultural documents they are treasures (think Harry Smith) from places where most people don't get to record what's going on. http://www.sublimefrequencies.com
Presented by Qu Junktions http://www.qujunktions.com
About SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
"SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave
transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations." - Sublime Frequencies mission statement.
Later in the month:
OMAR SOULEYMAN + GROUP DOUEH
with very, very special guests
+ Sublime Frequencies DJs
Bank Holiday Sunday 24th May
At: FIDDLERS, Bedminster, Bristol
8pm-1am / / £9 adv
In short this night will bring disparate musics together, forging links, friendships and dances. All is go with Omar Souleyman's intoxicating Syrian wedding music (his tracks have been kick-starting many a dance party in Bristol over the past 18 months), Group Doueh's Western Saharan blues, Arabic grooves and over-ridden psychedelic guitars, plus celebratory sing along rock gospel from the heads up, beards down Akron/Family (one of Micheal Gira's favourite bands).
So it's Syrian party bangers, incendiary African desert groove and American boiling point freak 'n' rock 'n' roll. Add to this DJ's from Sublime Frequencies (probably the ultimate crate digging, door opening, music gathering world explorers on the planet) and you have a Qu Funktion like no other. Worldwide and ready to go.