a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

Ladislaw Starewicz and the Tin Hat Trio

So, the concert thingy we went to last night was unexpectedly fascinating.

First, the Tin Hat Trio makes some damn neat music. If you have a chance to go see them, I recommend it. Secondly, they're understandably fascinated by Ladislaw Starewicz's body of work, some of which we saw last night. Ladislaw, it turns out, was an entymolygist turned stop-motion-animation-creator (and by creator, I mean that he originated the form -- in the early 1900's). He made silent films of bugs(and frogs, and puppets) doing unlikely and amusing things. The work is ridiculously detailed (and I recommend seeing his work, even if not with Tin Hat Trio). More info (along with some of his films, downloadable) here.

The level of detail is really astounding. The oddball sound of the Tin Hat Trio complemented the screen action wonderfully.

Since Starewicz's work isn't commonly available in the US, the fare was somewhat limited...but the band played several pieces independent of the film action. Again, they were wonderful. Sadly, gregortroll and I didn't have time to stick around for the question & answer session promised after the concert (in the little on-site cafe, a handy plus of the venue)...but I expect I'll be reading up on them and their work a bit more in the future. They're currently touring with the films here in the NE; they'll be in Rochester, NY tomorrow and in Ithaca on Saturday, for anyone in the area wanting to catch them.
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