The Leant Walrus Jolter

SF Guerrilla Opera is excited to share footage from our sixth guerrilla opera performed yesterday in New York City and San Francisco. The opera score: “Sing The Wall Street Journal until you can’t sing anymore.” The title of the opera is one of many anagrams created by the Internet Anagram Server.

Below you will find three video clips taken on-site during the San Francisco opera. (Footage from NYC is coming soon.) We present these videos as previews for the documentation we’re most excited about: the entire audio recording of The Leant Walrus Jolter (mp3 for download or online listening).

The Leant Walrus Jolter was performed by Samantha Boudrot, Tom Comitta, Jesus Landin-Torres III, Erin Morrill, Cassie Thronton, Alex Wang, and The Anonymous.

For your eye+ear pleasure, here are three clips:


Boots Riley and Gabby La La at #OccupyOakland

photo courtesy sfbayview.com

Gearing up for Guerrilla Opera 6 THIS Monday, SF Guerrilla Opera is excited to share the below footage taken at #OccupyOakland on Thursday. Performing that night were MC Lovelle, Boots Riley (of the Coup) and Gabby La La, Jabari and Ras Ceylon, 40 Thieves, and others.

Here we have footage of Boots Riley and Gabby La La performing “Ghetto Blaster” and “5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO”. Boots gives a far better introduction than we could. So we’ll let him do the talking (transcribed from the “Ghetto Blaster” footage):

Boots Riley: Many of you–not just here, but across the country–are taking up a call.  A call that’s been being made for decades and… and centuries even.  To change the way the system is working. And I think that a lot of folks are looking to y’all to see, you know, where to go. There are a lot of people that aren’t here today that are checking in on y’all. Checking it up to see what they should do. And I’m just here to encourage you to, however you gotta do it, to get that message clear. To get something out there that people can walk away with. Something out there that helps them understand the system. Something out there that helps some. Some, some campaign demand, slogan, or whatever that helps people easily figure out that they gotta join you. And easily figure out that it’s their mess gotta change it. No just y’all. Y’all need more people to come. Anyway, this is a song that actually is from one of my groups called Street Sweeper Social Club. So this is a song from that. From their group. It’s about… it’s about y’all. It’s about people who are dedicating their lives to destroying the system that creates ghettos.

 

Ghetto Blaster

 

5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO

 

 

 


Guerrilla Opera 6: Sing The Wall Street Journal

In solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet, #OccupySanFrancisco, #OccupyOakland, and all other occupations, SF Guerrilla Opera invites you to sing with us in Union Square, San Francisco THIS Monday, October 17th.

Starting at 12 noon we will perform this score:

 

[begin score:]

 

 

Sing from The Wall Street Journal until you can’t sing anymore.

 

 

[end score]

 

As always, you are invited to sing however you’d like and for as long as you’d like. Not being able to sing anymore can mean anything from losing your voice to having to go to work to getting bored to…?

Although we will collectively perform in Union Square, we invite you to perform this score anywhere in San Francisco, the Bay Area, or elsewhere. If you do join us in Union Square, feel free to come whenever–we’ll sing for hours.

Please send video, audio, textual, and other documentation to tcomitta@gmail.com and we’ll consider posting it on our blog!

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Also, this Sunday, there’s an open-mic-style reading at #OccupyOakland. All are invited to read a favorite revolutionary poem (not your own, but someone else’s). Here are details:

 

Poetry of the People

12 noon Sunday

Oscar Grant Plaza (corner of 14th and Broadway)

Read revolutionary poetry from the radical traditions

Open to all

 

Maybe see you at one or both of these events!

Cheers,

SF Guerrilla Opera

 

 


Guerrilla Opera Goes to NYC?

Today, thanks to a tweet by @expoetics, SF Guerrilla Opera discovered this open call to artists for #OccupyWallStreet’s Wall Street Occupennial.

We responded promptly, submitting the following guerrilla opera score.

 

[begin score:]
 
 

Sing from the Wall Street Journal until you can’t sing anymore.

 

[end score]

 

Will Liberty Square stage this opera? We’ve yet to hear back from the Occupennial committee.

Accepted or not, if you’re in NYC and so inspired, you can start at any time.

And if you do, please email documentation to tcomitta@gmail.com or comment here!

Cheers,

SF Guerrilla Opera


Brass Liberation Orchestra and Friends @ Chase Bank

The above footage was taken in front of Chase Bank on Market Street, San Francisco during Thursday’s Make Banks Pay demonstration. The event was held in solidarity with #occupywallstreet and in collaboration with #occupysanfrancisco. Music accompaniment by the amazing, interventionist music group Brass Liberation Orchestra.

The below video, which we titled “Gotta Make Them Pay (Jamie Dimon Go To Hell Remix)”, was recorded directly after the one above and specifically concerns the shameful actions of Chase Bank. Talking with Jose Vegas, the ringleader in red, after the demonstration, I learned that Vegas had confronted JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon at a Chase stockholders’ meeting in 2010.  Vegas was the leader of CCISCO and a victim of foreclosure and deception on the part of Chase Bank. He explains that Chase “…did a foreclosure procedure at the same time they were pretending to help me with a [structural] modification.” You can hear Vegas tell his story here.

Upcoming events and demonstrations regarding #occupysf can be found on their calendar. For information on other occupations around the Bay Area and the U.S., check out OccupyTogether.org.


5 video clips from G.O. No.5

Here are a few short highlights from Saturday’s opera.  A longer, more complete video of the opera can be seen on the G.O. No.5 video post.  See a text for you for Mathew Timmons’ beautiful transcription.

 

1. Howard St.

 

2. Hayes St.

 

3. Divisadero St. to Fell St.

 

4. Fell St.

 

5. John F. Kennedy Dr.

 


a text for you: Mathew Timmons’ transcription of G.O. No.5

[Wednesday morning we were thrilled to receive the below email from L.A.-based poet Mathew Timmons. In it, he includes his transcription of a 2hr 21min 6sec sound recording of Saturday’s guerrilla opera. Timmons wrote the piece sometime between 2 and 7:30 am that morning, feeding his transcriber 30 min chunks of audio until the transcription was through.

The resulting text is in many ways a kind of remix of the recorded sound, superimposing (mashing up) polyvocal phonetic fragments, reorganizing sonic rhythms into visual text-beats (letters and words). We might also read it as a translation, or homophonic translation, as the transcriber sometimes mishears words, mistaking, say, “John Kennedy” for “non-entity”.

Sparing an over-introduction of the piece, we’ll drop off here and let Timmons and his Speech Scribe do the talking.

 

begin email:]

 

So I have this neato little software program called Mac Speech Scribe – you give it an audio file and it transcribes it to text – it’s not very good – tho supposedly if you train it to your voice it can get very very good – and its actually easy and sensible to train – but I’ve been non-training it – and so for your pleasure – G.O. No. 5 as a text transcript – maybe you could use this for the soundtext piece?

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