Audio-visual concert of Cinema Soloriens will be performed exclusively in Školská 28 gallery in Prague.
Cinema Soloriens which is the multi-media performance platform, consisting of James Harrar’s experimental and highly personal film and video images with a live musical rendering of soundtracks for each film. The musical concepts are created, directed and performed by Harrar, Dutch drumming powerhouse, Rogier Smal, and a stellar changing line-up of gifted musicians.
Cinema Soloriens places attention on exploring the moving image with live performance, releasing evocative music and when combined, an attempt to reveal deeper levels of interpretation within Harrar’s visceral film poems.
Cinema Soloriens DYAD is:
James Harrar-images, tenor sax, Steiner/Crumar EVI (electric valve instrument), ethnic reeds, bulbul tarang, voice & effects.
Rogier Smal-drums, percussion and electronics.
Together, Harrar & Smal explore the moving image with live performance and when combined, an attempt to reveal deeper levels of interpretation within Harrar’s highly personal filmic works.
James Harrar is also known for his 22+ years in collaboration with Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Harrar sees Cinema Soloriens as a constantly evolving creative and spiritual learning center.
Over the years, Cinema Soloriens has involved many talented musicians to the core of Harrar and Marshall Allen: Eric Thielemans, Giovanni Barcella, Chris Cutler & Geoff Leigh (Henry Cow, Artaud Beats), Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine), Graham Massey (808 State), Art Jenkins & Yahya Abdul-Majid (Sun Ra Arkestra), Michael Gibbons (Bardo Pond), to name a few.
Cinema Soloriens have received praise from around the world for their “provocative, exciting collaboration” (Japan Times); “rigorous self-expression and indifference to audience approval” (Dyverse Music); and “bright, distorted sound [which] is a relentless torrent of tiny flint chips as the group hold down a constant barrage of squalling noise” (Venue [UK]).
Any incarnation of Cinema Soloriens reveals a group of Artists possessing a penchant for psychedelic rock, free outre ethnological improvisations and Marshall Allen approved jazzy stomps of which these performances deliver in equal measure.
Lecture and performance Cinema Soloriens are organized in collaboration with Centre for Audiovisual studies FAMU.