Composer/sound poet Charlie Morrow and writer/performer Maija-Leena Remes are in town this week, so we’ve decided to stage this performance. Bring your friends and bowler hats! Other lawn bowling equipment provided.
Bowling in Bowlers
an afternoon of sound poetry and lawn bowling
at the Oakland Lawn Bowling Club
(660 Bellevue Avenue next to Fairy Land + Lake Merritt)
This Saturday May 26 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Starring (in order of appearance):
Attending the 2:00 performance is FREE.
$10 per person if you’d like to lawn bowl (the Club’s price).
Some light snacks and lawn bowling supplies provided.
Only flat-soled shoes allowed on the grass courts (sneakers okay).
And bring a friend!
Dear SF Guerrilla Opera and friends,
Though the Company has been inactive for two months now, we announce today the indefinite intermission of the SF Guerrilla Opera project. It has been a beautiful and illuminating nine acts. Perhaps there will be more. Perhaps the form will evolve into something else. Currently, there are no plans to continue as a company.
We thank all of the singers who have graced our stages. We are forever grateful to Rod Roland, David Krasprzak, and Katie Hood-Morgan who invited us to stage our first opera at Adobe Bookstore. Without this invitation, none of this would have been possible.
As we continue to master our archives, audio and other documentation will become available on calmaplombprombombbalm.com. A video recording of G.O. No.9 (the final guerrilla opera) can be found on litseen. Many thanks go out to Evan Karp for his video and written documentation of this event.
SF Guerrilla Opera
Here’s the score:
On January 18, 2012, for 24 hours, livestream no audio and no video from wherever you are.
As always, you are invited to sing as feels right in the moment. There’s no need to practice beforehand and costuming is up to you.
We will broadcast live from SF GO headquarters (link to our channel) for the full 24 hours.
If you choose to join us, set up a free livestream channel yourself and paste your link into the comments section here. We will then share your livestream on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook.
SF Guerrilla Opera
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While taking an “intermission”, SF Guerrilla Opera shares the above score for our potential opera Happy Hour.
Like most of our recent operas, this score can be performed anywhere–in any bar of your choice.
If you happen to perform it before we do, please send documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, check out the publishing house calmaplombprombombbalm.com for publications of The Leant Walrus Jolter (mp3), Open Source Guerrilla Opera (as an editable text file), and other non-guerrilla-opera-related writing!
SF Guerrilla Opera
As expected, Wednesday’s non-site-specific opera took place in a variety of manners and locations. We received reports of four enactments of the score: “On October 26, 2011, sing the USA PATRIOT ACT to your nearest surveillance.” Below you will find documentation of three performances presented in the order we received them.
1. scan the USA PATRIOT ACT by Samantha Boudrot
Link to the 84-page pdf book (download highly recommended: it’s 34 MB)
For this opera, intermedia poet and musician Samantha Boudrot opted for vocal silence. First, she printed and cut up the libretto into 1″ x 2″ sheets. Then, for one hour, she scanned-sang the sheets repeatedly–as often as she could–rearranging the panels between each scan-song. The result is an 84-page visual sound poem–a subliminal scansion of the scan-songs, if you wilt–best understood by concrete poet Décio Pignatari’s dictum: O olhouvido ouvê (The eyear hearsees).
Boudrot’s piece runs parallel to her current project minor catastrophe. Check out her two first editions, minor catastrophe 1 and minor catastrophe 2, at calmaplombprombombbalm.com (link to the soft release–check back on 11/11/11 for full release w/ more works uploaded).
2. Underture of The Déjà Vu Chorus
Wednesday night Tom Comitta was invited as a guest artist to Kota Ezawa’s undergraduate film course Déjà Vu. At the end of his presentation, Comitta invited the class to join him for a 10-minute interpretation of the day’s score. Together they divvied up the 140-page libretto and decided on their “nearest surveillance”: one of the many cameras monitoring California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus.
The Déjà Vu Chorus
(in alphabetical order)
3. The Emergency Non-Performance by Ashley Brim and Daniel Ishofsky
On Wednesday, at 9:20 pm, Tom Comitta received this text from Ashley Brim:
Shit is about to go down. Police are lining up to board buses to go stop some protesters. Spread the word. I don’t know who to tell or how, but the vibe here is crazy. I see lots of clubs and guns. If you are at any of the Occupys–watch out and post this on Twitter with #.
Comitta immediately called Brim to learn that she and Daniel Ishofsky, while searching Potrero Hill for the right ATM at which to sing, had stumbled upon the SFPD taking formation to raid Occupy San Francisco. The text was followed by these images:
Fortunately, the raid never happened. For now, Occupy San Francisco continues.
That’s all for today!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the still-active USA PATRIOT ACT (link to the full doc) THIS Wednesday, October 26, 2011, SF Guerrilla Opera invites you to sing in its 7th opera.
The opera’s as simple as this:
On October 26, 2011, sing the USA PATRIOT ACT to your nearest surveillance.
This is the 2nd guerrilla opera you can perform anywhere, anytime–before work, between classes, after dinner, etc.
Here’s our operatic direction:
1. You are invited to sing as feels right in the moment (from belch to monotone to whisper to …).
2. Will you sing the entire USA PATRIOT ACT? A fragment? Your favorite moment? Something else? It’s up to you.
3. Will you sing to a surveillance camera? Your smartphone? Your parent? Your partner? The heavens? It’s up to you.
4. Costuming is up to you.
5. Documentation is up to you.
All documentation–be it video, audio, textual, or other–submitted to email@example.com will be published on this blog.
Looking forward to singing with you, wherever you are, THIS Wednesday!
SF Guerrilla Opera
On Monday The Leant Walrus Jolter, SF Guerrilla Opera’s adaptation of The Wall Street Journal, premiered on both sides of the continent. Here in San Francisco we staged the opera in Union Square. Simultaneously and 3,000 miles away, poet Erin Morrill sang with us in Liberty Square (formerly Zuccotti Park), NYC. Together we interpreted this score: “Sing The Wall Street Journal until you can’t sing anymore.” We are elated to share the below 9’31” clip of Morrill’s impressive incantation of a front-page article.
We’ve also added the video to our new Video section–a collection of video documentation of every opera.
Now, fer yer eyear pleasure…
Erin Morrill in The Leant Walrus Jolter:
Erin Morrill is a poet, publisher, and filmmaker living in Chicago. She runs Trafficker Press with Andrew Kenower. Check out this great essay-interview featuring Morrill’s publishing practices and philosophy.