This series enables both the audience and artist the opportunity to explore ideas about our world with an interdisciplinary and more mission-based approach while examining the creative process in the real world. The series features artists working in media that discuss current social and cultural topics. The main purpose of the series is to introduce the community to a different way of experiencing the arts by challenging current ideas about what art is and to encourage critical thinking about perceptions of the world and our community with the hopes of generating a greater understanding and acceptance of difference and ideas.
Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.
Bundy’s unique career has brought him across the world, with concerts in 28 countries and counting - from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold over 150,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 45 million YouTube views to date.
Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs “It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff.”
Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: "Bundy's live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jaw-dropping performance, Bundy's live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience.”
Formed in May 2021, The Anvil Orchestra is a silent film-accompanying ensemble featuring two members of the world-renowned Alloy Orchestra – Terry Donahue (Concussion Ensemble) on drums, percussion, and accordion, and Roger Clark Miller (Mission of Burma, Trinary System) on keyboard/synthesizer. Boston percussionist Lawrence Dersch joins The Anvil Orchestra for films that require a larger percussive sound.
The Anvil Orchestra plays percussion-driven original scores to silent classics utilizing unusual sound sources as well as accordion, musical saw, electronics, and orchestral keyboards.
As members of Alloy Orchestra, Miller and Donahue have performed at The Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy; The Academy of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, California; The Louvre in Paris; The Lincoln Center in New York City; The San Francisco Silent Film Festival in California; and in many other theaters and festivals. Miller and Dersch have also toured Europe extensively in the post-punk rock band Mission of Burma and AKA/COD. They have over twenty DVD/Blu-Ray releases to their name on labels such as KINO Lorber, Criterion, Image Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Flicker Alley.
The Anvil Orchestra’s inaugural engagement was a virtual concert (due to covid) of the silent film classic, METROPOLIS for the SNF Nostros Festival in Athens, Greece on August 27, 2021.
In October, 2021, they composed a new score for the recently restored Dziga Vertov film "The History of the Civil War", and premiered the film, 100 years after it's first and only showing, live at IDFA in Amsterdam in November 2021.
The ensemble continues to perform and compose new scores.
For more information about The Anvil Orchestra, visit their website at www.theanvilorchestra.com.
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