Gary Lucas in Liberec Bohemia photo montage by Caroline Conejero and Richard Mader
GARY LUCAS accompanies the legendary 1931 Spanish-language “Dracula” film with his original live solo guitar score at The Metrograph, NYC’s premier art-house cinema, on Fri. Oct. 19th at 7:30pm.
Filmed in Hollywood at night on the same sets as Todd Browning’s “Dracula”, directed by George Melford and featuring an-all Latin cast (this was before the advent of dubbing technology), the film, like “Dracula” is music-free— Lucas has composed a continuous solo guitar underscore that plays throughout.
Many critics consider this version superior to the original film in terms of its fluid editing rhythms, mobile camera-work, more florid and sensual costumes, and memorable performances by Carlos Villarias as the Conde and Lupita Tovar as Eva.
A pioneer of live film scoring going back to his 1989 live duo score with Walter Horn for “The Golem”, Lucas premiered his Spanish “Dracula” live score in Dec. 2009 at the La Rampa Cinema for the Havana Film Festival, where it received rave reviews— and has since gone on to perform with the film all over the world, including well-received shows shows at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Transylvania Film Festival,
Sevilla Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City, Krakow Off-Plus Camera Festival, New York Film Festival, Lodz Cinergia Festival, and many others:
The Metrograph is located at 7 Ludlow Street on the edge of Chinatown.. Tickets can be purchased here: https://bit.ly/2DVdOcf
This is the first installment in a retrospective series of Gary Lucas’ live film scores at The Metrograph:
Special thanks to Robert Melvin Rubin and Jacob Perlin.
Also: Gary performs solo acoustic at the WFMU91.1 FM Wake ’n Bake Benefit Art Auction this Sat. night Oct. 20th at their Monty Hall performance space at 43 Montgomery St. in Jersey City at 9pm.