Recap: Derek Johnson 2/23
I wish we’d have taped or recorded this show. Tactical error. The performances by Andrew Senna and Derek M. Johnson were excellent, and the crowd was a good one (its always encouraging when people really turn out for experimental cello). All images by gallery photographer Benjamin Maury.
Andrew Senna at the beginning of his performance. Learn more about him and sample some of his music at http://www.myspace.com/sennasound
Surprise collaboration by Angela Piccard. She started singing ‘Besame Mucho’ which Andrew promptly boosted, looped, then cut. I think at one point in the middle of his performance, she asked him to strangle her. You never know…
Derek M. Johnson
His visuals were produced by five vintage 35mm slide projectors that were set up on the opposite side of the room. They all projected various forms of undeveloped film which he had manipulate by scratching, applying bleach, etc.
During Derek’s set, all the lights were off and the only source came from the projector and his pedal lights. I loved the feeling of being in that dark room with the huge atmospheric sounds that Derek produces from his cello and controls in so many different ways. Certainly one of those moments of transportation for me that come with the experience of good art.
Needless to say, I was very happy with the night. It was a treat that the wonderful Bonnie Wright (above) came to hear Derek and Andrew. For those of you who don’t know Bonnie, on top of running Henceforth Records, she curates Fresh Sounds, which is the experimental music series on Monday nights at Sushi downtown. FYI, Sushi is doing a membership drive campaign to support what looks to be an exciting year and beyond of programming. Become a member at http://sushiart.org.
Friends talking under Zack Hawkins Red Infusion.