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The Solo + Ensemble

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The Solo + Ensemble Photo: Andrew Cross, Ensemble (2011) Production still

Andrew Cross (London, England)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU Woodward’s

January 19, 2012 8:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Spend an evening with acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Andrew Cross for the Canadian premiere of two of his newest films, The Solo and Ensemble. Cross, whose award-winning work has been described as “clever, cruel and if you hang around long enough, quite funny” (Time Out 7), will engage with the audience for a Q&A after the screenings.

The Solo features Carl Palmer, legendary rock drummer of the 1970s supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, performing a series of specially composed drum solos in a work that explores the relationship between drummer and drum kit. The film examines different aspects of percussion, with the solo snare drum giving way to brushes, cymbals, hands, felt beaters, and finally a full drum kit solo. Through a process of rigorous editing, sequences of tightly framed images are constructed; Cross’ minimalist style giving rise to a consideration of the shifting nature of cultural value.

>>Cross’s close up focus and minimalist editing defiantly and almost provocatively rescues a musical genre from cultural obsolescence.<<  The Guardian

Ensemble is Cross’s latest collaboration with 1970s progressive rock musicians, focusing on a group once dubbed Europe’s biggest cult band: The Enid. Throughout their 36 year checkered history, The Enid has both captivated and confounded audiences, always defying clear categorization. In this characteristically restrained film—contradicting the conventions of the “rock-umentary” with the unlikeliest of rock stars—Cross presents an intimate portrait of enigmatic founder Robert John Godfrey together with current band members at their studio and collective home in Northampton, England, and their recent concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.


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The Solo
Produced and Directed by Andrew Cross
Music by Carl Palmer
Video production Elliott Taylor, Solent Productions
Audio Sean Kelsey

Produced and Directed by Andrew Cross
Video production Elliott Taylor
Audio Sean Kelsey

Running Time: 77min (The Solo 32min / Ensemble 45min)

Supported by Southampton Solent University