Doors open at 7PM… grab your cocktails & take a seat !
7:30 Sharp.. Marissa Gomez & the Ghosts of Echo Park ..
8:30 PM The Mark of Zorro will be screened ..
The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble presents a new, original score to the exciting 1920 swashbuckling action adventure film, The Mark of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, and Tote Du Crow. The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble has presented numerous lives scores, including The Golem and The Phantom Carriage, which also were performed at HM157. This performance coincides with the release of a new JCDE album, ZORRO, recorded by legendary engineer Earle Mankey.
About The Mark of Zorro “No force that tyranny could bring would dare oppose us, once united.” Zorro. The Mark of Zorro (1920) is set in Spanish colonial California circa 1820. The film emphasizes “Native” people as indigenous, and the white, European Spaniards as complex interlopers. It has love, humor, and swashbuckling swordfights. It stars Douglas Fairbanks in his first “costume drama,” but also features genuine indigenous actors, such as Tote du Crow. The indigenous people and friars are always good guys, and the colonial Spanish are either bad or good, depending upon the character.
Even as it is politically progressive, The Mark of Zorro remains problematic. Zorro is a white, blue-blooded Spanish noble, not a real bandito, making the hero a classic White Savior. The film shows the oppression of indigenous people without explicitly denoting their genocide. The Mark of Zorro, with its masked-hero-in-disguise trope, influenced later films including the Lone Ranger, Batman, Superman, and the Indiana Jones series. As a psychodrama that plumbs the depths of the male psyche, it is a remarkable predecessor to Fight Club. Don Diego Vega is weak, lazy, and effete, while his alter ego Zorro is brave, bold, virile, and violent. The only trait the two have in common is a sense of humor.
About the Ensemble JCDE is an internationally recognized new music group that combines acoustic instruments, electronic hardware, composed material and structured improvisation. The ensemble treats analog synthesizer as a rare and unpredictable performance instrument. The ensemble has released three full-length albums and has performed in noted venues nationwide including The Tank (NYC), Meridian Gallery (SF), AS220 (providence, RI) and The Lilypad (Cambridge, MA). The Long Beach Post describes JCDE’s last recording, Jack Dubowsky Ensemble III, as“an experimental collection of tracks that are likely to take the listener to a rarely-visited psychedelic state of mind…the sometimes-structured, sometimes-abstract free-form instrumentals and electronic sounds transcend traditional musical boundaries and require an open mind and an appreciation for creative exploration.”
Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble
Alicia Byer (clarinet) has produced new music concerts at Mimoda, ArtShare, Human Resources, and has written for New Music Box and New Classic LA.
- Scott Dibble (piano) is a composer, bandleader, songwriter, and producer who has toured nationally and licensed numerous tracks for television and film.
Jack Curtis Dubowsky (Composer, Conductor) is author of Intersecting Film Music and Queerness (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
Dr. Angelo Metz (guitars) has performed internationally and has released two solo CDs: Coming and Live at USC.
Slam Nobles (percussion, mallets) specializes in drum set, mallets, and timpani, and has toured internationally with jazz, classical, and pop artists.
Dr. Jeff Schwartz (double bass) is the author of Free Jazz: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge 2018) and curator of the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library.
Dr. Charles Sharp (winds, flute, electronics) is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on American music; he teaches musicology at CSU Fullerton.
About Marisa Gomez & the Ghosts of Echo Park
Singer/songwriter Marissa Gomez, and The Ghosts of Echo Park have been captivating Los Angeles audiences with their infectious brand of bawdy blues and saloon-style jazz for nearly a decade. Up close and personal, Marissa serves up saucy vocals with attitude and charming vulnerability, documenting torrid tales of love, lust, and loss. Ready to share her music with the world, Marissa joined forces with Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Dennis Moody to record The Ghosts of Echo Park’s self-titled debut album available on iTunes !