THE DEADFLY ENSEMBLE, SORIAH, and BOGVILLE at The Vampire Masquerade Ball Meet and Greet 3/27/09Wed, March 11, 2009 - 2:52 PM
THE VAMPIRE MASQUERADE BALL
Official Meet and Greet Party
Tickets Available Now at
THE DEADFLY ENSEMBLE
The SICK DJs
Burn, Megadeth, and Jimme Jamma
featuring NagaSita and Eyerish Heather Collins
and your jack-of-all-ceremonies
ONLY TEN DOLLARS
with your VAMPIRE MASQUERADE BALL TICKET
At The Bossanova Ballroom
722 E Burnside
The 7th Annual Vampire Masquerade Ball is drawing the Transylvanian diaspora from across the Globe to celebrate their common heritage March 28th in Portland Oregon.
Those Night Owls who are able to make it to town one day in advance will be treated to a very special Meet-and-Greet party at The Bossanova Ballroom, where the spotlight moon will illuminate the Works of two of our most revered artistic practitioners: the cadaverous cabaret of The Deadfly Ensemble and throat-singing ritualist Soriah.
Framed by DJs and brief performative turns from the dark fairytale musical review Bogville, we offer an opportunity for the very oldest of friends and Family to quench their thirst in the company of their peers, and make themselves ready for the evening to come. Housed in the vintage 1930s grandeur of The Bossanova Ballroom, and organized by the creative minds behind The Wanderlust Circus and Societas Insomnia, our Meet-and-Greet party draws out the unique magick of The Vampire Masquerade Ball to fill an entire weekend. Or at least, the half of the weekend during which the sun is down.
The Deadfly Ensemble:
“Mother, I am hungry for some musical theater! I long for acoustic guitars, medieval melodies and operatic librettos! I would hear stories of the idle rich, humanoid anomalies, and criminal geniuses of the early nineteenth century! I need to observe the melodious consumption of fruit and the sifting through of old newspapers and listen to the prattle of simple minds and the banter of their superiors! I crave songs that deliver me into new worlds from far away, from long ago, and introduce me to characters I’d be, otherwise, afraid to know! Mother, I am hungry for some theatrical music!”
“My dear! What you want is… the Deadfly Ensemble!”
Cinema Strange frontman, Lucas Lanthier, was out strolling through the woods a few days ago when he tripped over a tree root, falling face-first into the earth and scattered leaves. After regaining his feet and adjusting his cravat, it became perfectly clear that it was time to start a theatrical folk-infused chamber music project, and the Deadfly Ensemble was born. After completing the second album just this morning, he reflected, “I never knew that tree roots and a face full of fallen foliage would have such a profound effect on my creative work, but here we are, about to have lunch, with a full album of cabaret cankers to be stimulated by and to help aid digestion.” The “cabaret cankers” in question are cerebral and colorful operettas, curious and wondering, but nevertheless consumed by wide-eyed urgency. The Deadfly Ensemble is quite interested in asserting the fact that vaudeville, community theater, performance art, and prohibition-era nightclub musical numbers can be summed up and delivered at an efficient rate and in a manner that implies that their headquarters must be in an abandoned opera house orchestra pit where the bites of spiders inspire the next few measures of musical imagination.
The musician and ritual artist known as Soriah (aka Enrique Ugalde of Portland, OR) first came into being more than 10 years ago. His unique vision draws equally from extensive training in the traditions of Tuvan throat singing, raga, and opera; and from the revisionist arts of electro-acoustics, noise, butoh, and free improvisation. Through costume, movement and meditation he evokes an otherworld of profound mystical import. Though the settings for his performances have included nightclubs, concert halls, churches, museums, swamps, lakes, caves, tree tops, warehouses, forests, deserts, streets, cemeteries, ruins, and an abandoned nuclear reactor; the Soriah project carries its own sense of place and time that transcends the concrete world. As much as the complex musical underpinnings of Soriah's music reach back to Central Asia, the roots of his family are in Mexico. Frequent stays in the cities and wilderness of his Father's home country, combined with considerable personal research into the Aztec mysteries and the present-day animism of the Huichol, have deeply informed his pan-cultural ethos.
The recorded works of Soriah are chiefly available from Beta-Lactam Ring Records; along with compilation appearances on URCK's "Post-Asiatic" series, Sonick Sorcery's "Visions From The Garden", Mobilization's "How To Destroy the Universe Part 5", guest appearances with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Perry Ferrel, Mesmer, and Mandible Chatter; and self-released CD-Rs beyond number. The Next CD release, "NAUT" in collaboration with Ashkelon Sain is scheduled for this Fall. The myriad of performers with whom Soriah has appeared live and on recording also includes Akira Kasai, Blixa Bargeld, Perry Ferrel,The Living Jarboe, Psychic TV, Scot Kelly, F-Space, Chrome, Waldteufel, GWAR,Extra-Action Marching Band, The Polyphonic Spree, March Forth Marching Band, Trance to the Sun, The Dresden Dolls, Societas Insomnia, P.A.N., Mizu Desierto, Alenka Loesch, Submarine Fleet, Tchkung!, To-Ka-Ge, Sardonik Grin, Solovox, Sumerland, Death Posture, Children of Paradise, Michael Sakamoto, Yakuza, Riververb, Hop-Frog, Legerdemain, Feral, The Moe!kestra!, Flail, Black Orchid, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Serpentine, The Red King, CoRE, Aixela, and Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan.
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