Text of Light: Text of Light Live at ATP-NY 2010
Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth), Alan Licht, and Urich Krieger perform live improvised music to accompany Stan Brakhage film projections at All Tomorrow's Parties NY, Sept 4 2010. The third annaul festival was held in Kutsher's Country Club Monticello NY.
The Text of Light group was formed in 2001 with the idea to perform improvised music to the films of Stan Brakhage and other members of the American Cinema avante garde of the 1950s-60s (Brakhage's film 'Text of Light' was the premiere performance and namesake of the group). The original premise was to improvise (not 'illustrate') to films from the American Avante-Garde (50s-60s etc), an under-known period of American filmic poetics. Members of the group include Lee Ranaldo and Alan Licht (gtrs/devices), Christian Marclay and DJ Olive (turntables), William Hooker (drums/perc), Ulrich Krieger (sax/electronics), and most recently Tim Barnes (drums/perc).Various combinations of these players attend 'Text' gigs, depending on individual schedules, so the group takes on various permutations---sometimes all members participate, sometimes not.