A Multi-Media Opera by Alexis Gideon
Preceded by UPGRADE SOUL
An immersive sci-fi graphic novel by Ezra Claytan Daniels


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
October 26th, 2012

VIDEO MUSICS III: FLOATING OCEANS is based on the works of the early 20th century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, and inspired by the time and dream experiments of the Irish physicist John William Dunne. The piece is dedicated to Flann O’Brien. It contrasts the vivid dreams of its poet-protagonist with the foreboding routine of pedestrian life. Parts operate under the tow of dream logic. All dialogue and narration are expressed through lyrics and music performed live in front of the projected video. The piece explores non-linear and traditional linear narrative, and uses the musical meters of modern classical, hip-hop, ambient, and psychedelia.

The latest Video Musics installment, Video Musics III: Floating Oceans, was made in collaboration with Cynthia Star (ParaNorman, Coraline) and Jacob Rubin (Best New American Voices), among others. Filmed in the south of France, New York City and Portland, OR, the 39-minute long piece uses stop-motion and line drawing animation, and incorporates Super8 footage with digital HD technology. It was funded by Gideon’s second consecutive award from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

“Gideon’s boundless imagination is only surpassed by his ambition to meld music, story and animation into one alternate universe that anyone can connect with”-Flagpole

“Freaky fun whose takeaway is surprisingly deep.”-Venus Magazine

“A singular visionary creating multimedia opuses that have no peer.” -The Portland Mercury

“Beautiful and Strange” -The New York Post

Born and raised in New York City, Gideon was consumed by an intensive study of jazz at La Guardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts (the “Fame” high school). Gideon further developed his craft under the mentorship of legendary musical visionary Anthony Braxton at Wesleyan University. Gideon has lectured at New School for Arts and Academics (Phoenix, AZ), SUNY (Stoneybrook), Kawenga Digital Arts and Culture Center (Montpellier, France), Washington State University, and The Portland Art Museum, among others.

UPGRADE SOUL by Ezra Claytan Daniels
Working with renowned interactive artist Erik Loyer, Daniels has created a uniquely engaging narrative experience, utilizing the full potential of the mobile tablet platform, and harnessing Gideon’s uniquely cinematic musical sensibilities to provide a dynamic score that reacts to the reader’s every gesture. Alexis will provide live musical accompaniment to Daniels’ dramatic reading of a preview of Upgrade Soul.

Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Chicago, IL. His critically acclaimed science fiction graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique comics career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games (Ruben & Lullaby, with Erik Loyer) to animation (Sun Wu Kong, with Alexis Gideon) to feature documentaries (Lunch Line, with Uji Films). Ezra is also the creator of the popular live art spectacle, The Comic Art Battle (a staple feature of the Stumptown Comics Fest), and Loaded Blanks Greetings, a line of fill-in-the-blanks comic-art greeting cards featuring both established as well as up and coming comics artists. Ezra also recently collaborated with Chicago-based chamber group Fifth House Ensemble on the narrative concert series, Black Violet, which the Chicago Sun-Times called “a modern classic”. Ezra is currently working on Upgrade Soul, a serialized science fiction graphic novel about an elderly couple and their malformed clones. Upgrade Soul will be released in 2012 from Opertoon.

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