Created in celebration of The Andy Warhol Museum’s 20th Anniversary, this multimedia performance event unveils 15 never-before-seen 1960s films captured by Andy Warhol, featuring Marcel Duchamp, Edie Sedgwick, Donovan, Warhol himself, and others.
Five songwriter-composers who reflect the generational trajectory and musical influence of post-Velvet Underground 70s to today — Guest Music Curator Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna), Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces), and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)—perform live original scores to these unseen celluloid gems from one of America’s most iconic art-makers. The house band will be comprised of Britta Phillips on bass and vocals, Noah Hecht on drums Jason Quever on guitar, keyboard and vocals.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Singer/guitarist Dean Wareham’s band Galaxie 500 emerged from Boston in 1988 and made three albums that influenced a generation of indie rock bands. He went on to record seven studio albums with his next band Luna, and three more with his wife Britta Phillips — as Dean & Britta. Dean & Britta’s recent collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum, “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests,” toured the world for four years. In March 2014 he released his first solo album: “Dean Wareham.”
Tom Verlaine is one of the key figures of the punk movement, helping put CBGB's on the map in 1974. Their iconic record Marquee Moon regularly features in critics' lists of the greatest rock albums ever recorded. Television continues to perform live on occasion (most recently touring in 2013). He has continued to dazzle with his writing and guitar playing throughout his solo career. Verlaine has a unique sound, and was included in Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest guitarists.
Martin Rev is also known as the co-founder of the electronic group Suicide. His style varies widely from release to release, from electronic no wave (“Martin Rev”) to bubblegum electronic (“See Me Ridin,” “Strangeworld”) to heavy synthesizer rock (“To Live”), to baroque/orchestral (“Stigmata”) Rev also works with Stefan Roloff, doing soundtracks for Roloff's video work and composed the soundtrack to his acclaimed documentary, “Die Rote Kapelle.” He contributed to The Raveonettes' 2005 album, “Pretty in Black.”
Originally known as the vocalist in the brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger released her solo debut “Last Summer” in 2011 on Merge Records, followed by “Personal Record” in 2013. Eleanor’s music is equally playful, yet more straightforward than the Furnaces’ and pays homage to the introspective pop of the ’70s. "Very few are writing with half the precision, wit and cool poise that Friedberger displays" --Pitchfork
Bradford Cox is best known as the leader of the avant-garage band Deerhunter. He also releases solo material under the pseudonym Atlas Sound. He has been making music on tape recorders since 1994.
This work was commissioned by The Warhol Museum, The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2014 Next Wave Festival and Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
Digital transfer of Warhol films courtesy of MPC.