Monday, September 18, 2017

More Kind Words About BPBS Fest and (recurring) DREAMS!!!

Beast, Please!
Today (Friday) kicks off the recurring annual Beast Please Be Still festival which runs today and tomorrow. Put on by former local Datura Blues member Oryan Peterson-Jones, you've got some experimental and mind-expanding music at multiple venues today and tomorrow. Things start off early today at Northtown Coffee at 4 p.m. with Oakland musician Vinnie Byrne along with Eva L'izard and Crowey from Portland. This kickoff of the BPBS festival is free and falls into the experimental folk genre of sorts.

At 7 p.m. the BPBS festival continues at Blondie's in Arcata with some classic rock and '80s covers courtesy of The Gritty Kitties and The Twisted Lickas. It's a free show but never feel embarrassed to leave a tip for the band. The festival has its last show of the night at The Miniplex starting at 9 p.m. with returning festival artists Die Geister Beschwören joined by Ghoulhand and Deep Dark Light. If I remember correctly, all three of these bands played last year's festival. Just $5 gets you in the door for these "darkwave, ambient, soundscapes.

Saturday
It's Day One of the North Country Fair happening in and around the Arcata Plaza so go soak up the sun and the sound of talented local musicians playing throughout the day...  The BPBS festival wraps up tonight with the seventh annual Production of (recurring) Dreams. Now here's the skinny for what happens here. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, which is comprised of eight short bits, plays while eight bands perform, improvising music to go along with what you (and they) are seeing. It's a cool concept and has gone off well the past few years. Here's the lineup: Opossum Sun Trail performing "Sunshine Through The Rain;" Five Minutes Alone performing "The Peach Orchard;" Ghoulhand performing "The Blizzard;" Die Geister Beschwören performing "The Tunnel;" The Gritty Kitties performing "Crows;" Kit Lamb performing "Mount Fuji In Red;" Deep Dark Light performing "The Weeping Demon;" and Crowey with "Village Of The Watermills." This is all happening at the Sanctuary in Arcata at 7 p.m. for $12.."
Andy Powell
North Coast Journal

www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/beast-please/Content?oid=6105507

Kind Words about BPBS FEST and (recurring) DREAMS!!!

Dream on…
Oryan Peterson-Jones from BPBS Arts & Media can’t remain still, he’s a busy man. He just got back from Cuba where he was recording folkloric rhythms and music, now the dream machine he calls Beast, Please Be Still has an ambitious project unfolding over the weekend.  BPBS Fest 2017 features two days of music with just short of a dozen musical acts performing in four venues.

It all starts Friday afternoon with a series of shows where you’re invited to “walk or bike from one event to the next.” It begins at 4 p.m. with experimental folk at Northtown Coffee by Oryan’s friends Vinnie Byrne and Eva L'izard from Oakland and Crowey from Portland. Then at Blondie’s (at 7 p.m.) hear rock classics from past years by The Gritty Kitties and Rotten Cheeto and the Twisted Lickas. Day one concludes in the Miniplex at Richard’s Goat (at 9 p.m.) with Oryan’s experimental ambient outfit Die Geister Beschwören and two darkwave bands Ghoulhand and Deep Dark Light.
He’ll try to get some sleep to rest up for the big show at The Sanctuary: The 7th annual production of (recurring) DREAMS. Oryan explains, ”The first production was performed in 2010,” when Datura Blues (another of his projects) got into live film scoring. “Akira Kurosawa's 1990 film Dreams was adopted for its segmented narrative, thematic imagery and topical relevance. (The story is divided into eight short films, each recalling a dream Kurosawa had over the course of his life.)

“We project Dreams onto a large screen. Bands perform to the movie in real time but from behind the screen. In this regard, the audience has no way of predicting what will happen, where particular sounds emanate from, what instruments are being used, who is ‘on stage,’ etc. 

“This means the focus is almost entirely upon the movie's plot and imagery. This is what makes it different from similar events: The audience is not watching a band perform to film, they are following a story, with new eyes and ears,” and essentially joining in a waking dream state.

Drift into Dreams at 7 p.m. “sharp,” first with Opossum Sun Trail performing behind the segment "Sunshine Through The Rain,” then Five Minutes Alone ("The Peach Orchard”), Ghoulhand (“The Blizzard”), Die Geister Beschwören (“The Tunnel”), The Gritty Kitties (“Crows” with Martin Scorsese as Van Gogh), Kit Lamb (“Mount Fuji In Red”), Deep Dark Light (“The Weeping Demon”) ending with Crowey creating a soundtrack for "Village Of The Watermills.” Then it’s time to wake up, at least until it’s time to go home and dream good dreams. We can only hope.."
- BOB DORAN

www.madriverunion.com/the-hum-the-same-old-same-old/

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

7th Annual (recurring) DREAMS!!!


BPBS Arts and Media Presents:
The 7th Annual Production of (recurring) DREAMS

Saturday, September 16th
@ The Sanctuary (1301 J Street, Arcata)
$10 advance, $12 at the door
All Ages, 7pm Sharp

Featuring:
Opossum Sun Trail...  performing "Sunshine Through The Rain"
Five Minutes Alone...  performing "The Peach Orchard"
Ghoulhand...  performing "The Blizzard"
Die Geister Beschwören...  performing "The Tunnel"
The Gritty Kitties...  performing  "Crows"
Kit Lamb...  performing "Mount Fuji In Red"
Deep Dark Light...  performing "The Weeping Demon"
Crowey...  performing "Village Of The Watermills"

Tickets are available at The Sanctuary, People's Records, Wildwood Music, The Works in Eureka, or here, through BPBS Arts and Media!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BPBS Arts and Media headed to Cuba!

Here we go!  The BPBS Arts and Media crew is heading to Havana!  (...And onward to Santiago de Cuba.)  For the next five weeks we will be mostly off the grid.  But we'll try and post updates, pics and footage when possible.  Thank you again to the folks who came out for our presentations in Arcata and Portland.  We are eternally grateful for your love and support.  If you would like to you contribute to our upcoming documentary on Carnival in Cuba, please take a look at the link below, which will direct you to our Go Fund Me campaign...  Alright, wish us luck!
Shine Bright.

www.gofundme.com/carnivalincuba


The following featurette serves as an extended trailer for a larger body of work we are currently compiling.  We played this short film at our recent presentations.  Stay tuned!!!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kind Words about Die Geister Beschwören!

This Ball of Wax #48 compilation release party features a rare appearance by the Arcata, California/Portland group Die Geister Beschworen, led by Oryan Peterson-Jones. Local scene vets may remember him from his mid-’00s psych- and post-rock bands Datura Blues and Beast, Please Be Still (they are still active, but now mostly based in Portland). Enough history; let’s discuss DGB’s engrossing music. On their well-stocked Bandcamp, you can find exceptional works like 2015’s Music Feeds Stars, a suite of outward-bound folk-rock that harks back to those early-’00s Weird America (™ The Wire magazine) days. Alternately dense and diaphanous, these songs seed pastoral tropes with strange aural flora and fauna. This year’s “The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore”—on a split release with Espers’ Helena Espvall—is a disorienting studio dream marked by children singing “Happy Birthday” amid a menacing, industrial-folk panorama.
DAVE SEGAL, The Stranger
 
"Despite their name, Die Geister Beschwören appears to hail from greater Cascadia, from parts of Oregon and Northern California. And despite adopting a spectral name in German, their contribution to Ball of Wax 48 is in Spanish. “Cerro de la Muerte,” translating to “Hill of the Dead,” is a brief, feverish, Lynchian dream of a Mississippi blues song that serves as more interlude than fully-formed song. It’s evocative and atmospheric, like if “Dueling Banjos” from Deliverance was somehow dropped into El Topo.  See if Die Geister Beschwören can recreate their dusty magick live on June 3rd at the Ball of Wax 48 Release show at Conor Byrne..."
ballofwax.org