Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The High Lonesome Sound and Dancing With the Incas

TONIGHT at Vinegar Hill Theatre, the Virginia Film Society is featuring a screening of John Cohen's The High Lonesome Sound and Dancing With the Incas.

John Cohen, the photographer (Young Bob: John Cohen's Early Photographs of Bob Dylan) and musician (The New Lost City Ramblers), started to make films in 1962. Filmmaking provided a way to present traditional musicians in their home setting, to reveal the environment in which music happens, and suggest how music functions within its community. Tonight, Cohen will exhibit his first and last films: The High Lonesome Sound (1963, 30 min.) explores how the music of church-goers, miners, and farmers of eastern Kentucky express the joys and sorrows of life among the rural poor; Dancing with the Incas (1992, 58 min.) documents the most popular music of the Andes -- Huayno music -- and explores the lives of three Huayno musicians in a contemporary Peru torn between the military and the Shining Path guerrillas.

The event is cosponsored by the McIntire Department of Art, and a corresponding exhibit will be going on at the UVA Art Museum in the video gallery titled Q'Eros The Shape of Survival The exhibit will run March 20-April 9.

Once again that's
The High Lonesome Sound and Dancing With the Incas
With guest artist John Cohen
Vinegar Hill Theatre, 7pm
March 20th
at Vinegar Hill Theatre
Tickets $8

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