Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Greg And The Valerie Project


Some news from someone I really do appreciate not only as a musician but also as a human being, Greg Weeks. Long long time ago we used to talk for hours about a young artist called Chan Marshall (Cat Power) and about a wonderful actress named Irene Jacob (La Double vie de Véronique (1991))… Greg, now member of Espers, is also the Executive Producer of a beautiful idea called The Valerie Project Series. Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders is the first film in The Project Series:
"Philadelphia musicians bring new life to a forgotten classic of the Czech New Wave: Jaromil Jires' Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970). The sound goes off and the amps get cranked (do harps need amps?) as a collective of Philadelphia's finest underground musicians pay tribute to this seminal film of the new folk movement. Spearheaded by Greg Weeks (Espers, Grass), Margie Wienk (Fern Knight, Eyesores) and Brooke Sietinsons (Espers, Grass), the ensemble includes harpist Mary Lattimore, cellist Helena Espvall (Espers), Vocalist Tara Burke (Fursaxa), bassist/percussionist Jesse Sparhawk (Timesbold), flautist/keyboardist Jessica Weeks (Woodwose, Grass), enigmatic electronicist Charles Cohen and percussionist Jim Ayre (Fern Knight)."

The CD/2xLP was released on Drag City November 20th.
Info:
valerieproject.org
Pitchfork: pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/47179-the-valerie-project

Here are a few MP3s from the very first performance of The Valerie Project at the International House, Philly, PA on Sept 18, 2006.
Valerie Project - Intro .mp3
Valerie Project - Grandmother's Theme .mp3
Valerie Project - Feast .mp3

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10 Comments:

Anonymous lyle said...

Have you listened to Orion Rigel Dommisse whose first album was produced by Greg Weeks ( with Jesse Sparhawk playing too ) ?

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Blogger leaky sparrow said...

No, but thanks for the tip, I'm looking forward to hear that.

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Anonymous lyle said...

Just got the Valerie Project ( thanks to you ).
Orion is singing on the song "the feast".

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