—Frédéric Bonnaud, Directeur général de la Cinémathèque Française
Lucas has a long history of accompanying films live with his original solo scores all over the world, which utilize composed themes and improvisation, and has developed over a dozen to date—many of which he is showcasing currently in an ongoing retrospective of his live scores at NYC’s premier arthouse cinema The Metrograph.
On Sat. March 9th Gary filled Paris' Sunset Jazz Club in Les Halles with a solo concert, which included a tribute to Lucas’ late friends and collaborators Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet).
The evening featured Gary performing with special guests vocalist Davide Combusti (The Niro) and keyboardist/producer Francesco Arpino,
who flew in specially from Rome to preview three songs from a new album they’ve recorded entitled “The Complete Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas Songbook”.
Lucas had seen The Niro perform in Italy several years ago and, impressed by his vocal abilities, suggested a collaboration, which resulted in their new album.
Recorded in Rome for the Esordisco label, the album showcases a dozen songs Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas wrote together, and includes their anthems “Grace” and “Mojo Pin”, plus 5 Buckley/Lucas songs never before officially released.
It’s scheduled to come out later this year on Esordisco to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of Jeff Buckley’s classic “Grace” album.
Other guests for the evening included Gary’s Parisien friends Jean-Philippe Rykiel on keyboards, bassist Laurent David, guitarists David Konopnicki and David Fenech, and singer Yass Body.
Read an appreciation of the concert by writer Julie Blore-Bizot:
Thurs. April 25th
The Cutting Room, NYC
The World of Captain Beefheart featuring legendary soul diva
with Jesse Krakow bass, Jordan Shapiro keyboards and
Richard Dworkin drums
Sun. May 19th
Quinn’s, Beacon NY
Gary Lucas performs a solo acoustic concert
with his special guest Mimi Sun Longo
Interview in the Van Wyck Gazette:
Fri. May 31st
Yale University, New Haven
Gary Lucas plays with Geoffrey Menin keyboards, Jonathan Rose bass,
and other friends as part of his Yale ‘74 Class Reunion— a private event
Sat. June 15th
The Metrograph, NYC
Gary Lucas performs a live film score tbd
as part of his ongoing retrospective series at the Metrograph.
curated by Jacob Perlin and Robert Melvin Rubin
Fri. June 21st
Joe’s Pub Outdoors Stage, NYC
Gary Lucas performs his Chinese jazz-pop project The Edge of Heaven
featuring vocalist and erhu virtuoso Feifei Yang and saxophonist Jason Candleras part of the Make Music New York Festival, a global music event
linking 85 cities around the world
Sun. Oct. 27th and Mon. Oct. 28th
Chutzpah! Festival, Vancouver
Gary will perform several live solo film scores