May 20th (friday) LE RÉVÉLATEUR
with live score by Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
Bowerbird is pleased to present an encore screening of Philippe Garrel's visually arresting silent film Le Révélateur, performed live with an original score by Philadelphia's own Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Le Révélateur was one of the first films of the Zanzibar group (a coterie of mostly French artists and filmmakers who began making experimental films in the wake of the May 1968 student protests) which exemplified the radical approach of the new generation of French filmmakers. Shot in stark black and white, Le Révélateur is a claustrophobic vision of escape, both literally and metaphorically. Mary and Jeff were invited to compose and present a live score to a silent film of their choice in Marfa, Texas on December 30, 2013. They chose Le Révélateur. Jeff plays a Korg Mono/Poly, guitar, and melodica through effects, and Mary plays a Lyon and Healy pedal harp through a Line 6 DL4.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mary Lattimore is a classically trained harpist whose collaborations have seen her working with such esteemed luminaries as Kurt Vile, Meg Baird, Thurston Moore, Ed Askew, Fursaxa, Jarvis Cocker, and the Valerie Project. On her debut record, The Withdrawing Room, she found a worthy sideman in Philadelphia's Jeff Zeigler, whose contemplative Korg echoes and holds a mood for Mary's runs.
Jeff Zeigler has amassed quite the resume in recent years, between his space-rock outfit Arc in Round and his production work for local luminaries Kurt Vile, Purling Hiss, and The War on Drugs. Zeigler's also been expanding into the solo and collaborative experimental zone, playing solo shows with Lattimore and opening for English ambient artist Benoit Pioulard.
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.