The Mark of Zorro” w/ Live score by Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble & opening act experimental Harpist Audrey Harrer ( Boston )
Join us under the stars, outdoors, on plush comfy couches, for a swashbuckling, fast-paced, adventurous LIVE SCORE event of this historic 1920 film. No force that tyranny could bring would dare oppose us, once united.
$10 Entrance.. All Ages ! Kids are FREE ! Friendly pets are welcome
8:30 PM Opening act : Audrey Harrer (Boston)
***first LA performance***
“…her lysergic, complexly textured chamber pop compositions favor detached, intellectual cool…” [Matthew Dinaro – METRO]
Audrey Harrer is an alt-chamber composer/vocalist/
9PM The Mark of Zorro will be screened..
About the film …
The Mark of Zorro (1920) is set in Spanish colonial California circa 1820. The film emphasizes a 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 in…digenous 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.
“ZORRO” the Album
About the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble
JCDE is SoCal’s new music ensemble specializing in live scores for historic cinema. JCDE has released four albums and has performed in noted venues nationwide including The Tank (NYC), Meridian Gallery (SF), AS220 (Providence, RI), The Lilypad (Cambridge, MA), and the Carlsbad Music Festival (CA).
The Long Beach Post describes Jack Dubowsky Ensemble III as â€œan experimental collection of tracks that are likely to take the listener to a rarely-visited psychedelic state of mindâ€¦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.
R. 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.