SOUND & VISION: KRAUTROCK KICKOFF

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September 24, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar presents
SOUND & VISION – A monthly showcase of rare music videos
Curated by Maria’s music director Joe Bryl
Krautrock Kick-off: Sunday, September 30 – 8PM – Free, No Cover
Plus featuring rare music with Krautrock sound specialists Michael
Latham & Wes Cleaver @ 9PM
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 – http://www.community-bar.com

Beginning Sunday, September 30, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar
(960 W. 31st) is inaugurating a special monthly showcase of rare
videos and music titled SOUND & VISION. Curated by Maria’s musical
director Joe Bryl (of Sonotheque fame), SOUND & VISION will feature
rare musical DVDs from around the world followed by a thematically
related DJ set by one of Chicago’s premier sound specialists and
historians.

For our September kick-off we will screening a documentary featuring
influential avant-garde German Krautrock band Faust: Live At Klangbad
Festival. Filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios captured the  in
the style of Direct Cinema at the festival in 2005. Songs for the 70
minute documentary include Shiva, Beat That, Dschungelbar, Don’t Look
Back, Feuerzeuge and Aggro. The festival at Scheer near Sigmaringen,
South Germany is curated by Hans Joachim Irmler, one of the founding
members of Faust. The antithesis of the normal rock festival, the
immediate goal of Klangbad is to expand expectations by pushing new
musical boundaries very much in the ethos of Krautrock,  rather than
to reinforce the normal expectations associated with
outdoor music events with a predictable litany of recognizable music.

The video will be followed at 9PM by an evening of Krautrock-based
experimental music with sound specialist and musical historian Michael
Latham & Chicago photographer, record collector and Werner Herzog
fanatic Wes Cleaver. Based on the contemporary experimental classical
music of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krautrock made its first
appearance in Germany in the late sixties. Merging the disparate
styles of free jazz (e.g. Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayer) with
progressive rock, psychedelic jamming, ambient sounds and electronic
explorations into a new synthesis, Krautrock influenced musicians
ranging from Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Tortoise, Hawkwind,
Joy Division, David Bowie, the Legendary Pink Dots and Radiohead.

The evenings DJ set will showcase the cream of Krautrock including
such luminaries as Amon Düül II, Ash Ra Tempel, Faust, Can, Neu!,
Popol Vuh, Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Kraftwerk.
Sound specialist Michael Latham will also screen rare videos from his
personal collection including a Can documentary from 1999, a film of
the 1972 free concert at the Cologne Sporthalle as well as some
individual videos from Amon Düül, Can, Kraftwerk, Popol Vuh and the
French band Magma.

Michael Latham is a Germanist, cultural historian, and record
collector. He has taught courses in literature, media aesthetics,
film, visual culture and popular music at the University of Michigan,
Bowling Green State University and the University of Chicago.  He
currently teaches at Roosevelt University.

There is no cover for the event.

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