Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" Q&A at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/2010





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Here "The Thinking Man's Guitar Hero" (The New Yorker) answers questions from the audience and moderator Scott Foundas of the Film Society of Lincoln Center directly after the US premiere of his Spanish "Dracula" project at the 48th New York Film Festival onstage at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. Gary Lucas' US premiere of his original solo guitar score accompanying the legendary 1931 Spanish "Dracula" before a packed house in the closing weekend of the New York Film Festival was a resounding success with the audience as well as various critics in attendance:
"Gary Lucas's bluesy, lyrical score for George Melford's "Spanish Dracula" creates the perfect sonic ambiance for a scandalously neglected film. Lucky viewers are treated to both an impeccably preserved print of an overlooked classic film and haunting guitar riffs that reverberate in their memories long after the screening is over."
--Richard Porton, Cineaste Magazine

"The Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie mood--an immersion in an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing."
--Glenn Kenny, Premiere
full review here: http://somecamerunning.typepad.com/so...

"Gary Lucas manages to make a couple of guitars sound like a massive orchestra, albeit one with zithers and theremins and other such odds and ends. And the music he creates isn't mere accompaniment, but causes you to see the movie itself in a whole new light."
--Scott Foundas, Associate Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center

"Any decent musician can score a silent film, but it takes a certain audacity -- or perversity -- to wrap new music around a talkie. For George Melford's Spanish-language _Dracula,_ audaciously perverse Gary Lucas uses two guitars (one acoustic, one electric) and an array of effects pedals to evoke apocalyptic horsemanship, smothering spiderwebs, virgin appetites, and the ineluctable cosmic dread of über-vampyre Carlos Villarias. The old blood-sucker has never seemed quite so vital."
--Richard Gehr, Village Voice

Lucas performed the world premiere of his new score for the film at the La Rampa Cinema in downtown Havana at the Havana Film Festival on Dec. 11th 2009 and played the European premiere at the Transylvania International Film Festival on May 30th 2009 outdoors outside ancient crumbling Banffy Castle high in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. He is next scheduled to perform the Spanish premiere of his new score on Nov. 8th 2010 at the Sevilla Film Festival and will perform the UK premiere of his new score closing the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC 3 at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Nov. 21st 2010.

For more information please visit http://garylucas.com/www/dracula

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