On Saturday, December 16th at 8pm Les Sorciers Perdus and friends will present the second installment of “the gravity sessions,” an evening of music, sound sculpture, silent film, poetry, and visual art at the Apohadion Theatre.
This new monthly series is focused on interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, and brings together local and national artists. Featured artists for December 16th include: musician/intermedia artist Duane Ingalls, poet Zanne Langlois, Les Sorciers Perdus (trumpeter Mark Tipton, guitarist Ryan Blotnick, bassist Tyler Heydolph, and drummer Beau Lisy), and visual artist Rush Brown.
The evening will include four sets: 8pm – Les Sorciers Perdus; 9pm – Duane Ingalls; 9:30pm – Zanne Langlois; 10pm – Les Sorciers Perdus & Duane Ingalls. The final set will include live music with a screening of Man Ray’s 1926 surrealist silent film, EMAK-BAKIA. Visual artist Rush Brown will be capturing the performances onstage throughout the evening. Admission is by a suggested donation of $10/person.
Les Sorciers Perdus (LSP) specializes in performing new works by director Mark Tipton, including jazz and contemporary works, performance art installations, and original silent film scores. LSP has performed at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, SPACE Gallery, the Waterville Opera House, and The Grand in Ellsworth, and has been featured in the Portland Press Herald, on Maine Public Radio, and on WCSH-6. Highlights in their 2018 schedule include: “The Phantom Carriage” at The Grand, “Safety Last!” at The Strand, and a Summer 2018 Maine Tour.
Trumpeter/Composer Mark Tipton has toured the US and Europe, has performed with Maria Schneider, David Liebman, Ray Barretto, and Quincy Jones, and teaches at Bowdoin College and the University of Maine in Orono. He holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory and an MM from Mannes College of Music, and has composed over a dozen full-length silent film scores, as well as works for jazz band, chamber ensembles, and orchestra.
Guitarist/Composer Ryan Blotnick has toured throughout the US and Europe, has performed with Bill McHenry, Kresten Osgood, and Lee Konitz, and has released several critically-acclaimed jazz albums. He holds degrees from William Patterson University and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
Bassist Tyler Heydolph has been active around the New England jazz and improvised music scene for over a decade. He can be heard on Les Sorciers Perdus’ debut album, “Alchemist’s Dream” and drummer Alex Snydman’s “Fortunate Action.”
Southwest Harbor based drummer Beau Lisy has studied jazz and African drumming extensively, teaches at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute, and performs with Up Ensemble, Mike Bennett and Balantama, and Paul Sullivan.
Duane Ingalls works in music-centered intermedia arts, including performance art, pop music, and found-object assemblage. He instructs at UMaine Orono and Machias, and has researched and performed with Nate Aldrich, Les Trois Etoiles, Joel Chadabe, Paul Winter, Eugene Chadbourne, and numerous theatre companies, pop bands, and experimental music festivals.
Zanne Langlois is a high school English teacher from Portland, Maine. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Cider Press Review, Rust + Moth, Rattle, Sugared Water, The Fourth River, Cafe Review, Sandy River Review, and Off the Coast. She competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships, and has been featured on the Button Poetry Channel. She holds a BA in English from Tufts University, an Ed.M in Teacher Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and begins an MFA in Poetry at Warren Wilson in January 2018.
Visual artist Rush Brown’s work has been shown in numerous galleries including the Maine Jewish Museum, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, and New Canaan Society of the Arts (CT), and his 260-foot long mural can be seen at the J. M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, CT. He holds a BFA from CalArts Oakland and an MFA from NYU.
“When Mark Tipton’s trumpet enters, it’s ensaring, something you can give yourself over to entirely…” (Sam Pfeifle, Portland Phoenix)
“Ryan Blotnick…[is] a vital contemporary voice.” (Time Out New York)