CINESPIA SALON: A Sublime Frequencies Celebration (feat. live set by "Alvarius B": Alan Bishop from Sun City Girls!)


A night celebrating one of the most unique record labels ever: SUBLIME FREQUENCIES, a collective of explorers recording obscure sights and sounds from traditional urban and rural frontiers all over the world including field recordings, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression. Join us for an evening featuring two new films directed by label co-founder Hisham Mayet (appearing in person) plus a live performance by “Alvarius B”, the alter ego of label co-founder Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls! Join us for this night of celebratory music, followed by a party on the Spanish patio with hot tea, African snacks and Sublime Frequencies DJs spinning rare and beautiful tunes from around the world!

Alan Bishop (aka Alvarius B) is a founding member of Seattle’s avant-garde and genre-defying Sun City Girls, whose career spans 27 years and over fifty releases. From their telepathic free jazz/post rock psychedelic trio roots, to gorgeous outer-national Arabic and Asian inspired folk music, Sun City Girls performances were wildly unpredictable, sometimes verging on performance art, with elaborate costumes, kabuki-inspired makeup, and the creation of a festive, ritualistic atmosphere with audience participation. As Alvarius B, Bishop has penned hundreds of his own original folk songs in a primitive “out” style informed by an obsessive love of psychedelic rock, free jazz, exotic music from beyond borders, Italian film soundtracks, and an extraordinary sense of humor. Join us for this special one-night-only live performance.

The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry In The Sahel (Dir. Hisham Mayet, 2012)
Highlights include intimate views of ecstatic dance in the painted houses of the island-dwelling Wogo; the seductive courtship rites and trance vocals of young Wodaabe men; a mesmeric Tuareg and Zarma duet for guitar and molo; Hausa griots enchanting with comsaa strings; Zarma spirit possession ceremonies; and heart-stopping footage of the Dogon mask ritual atop the Bandiagara Escarpment in the village of Endele.

Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast (Dir. Hisham Mayet, 2012, PREMIERE SCREENING!)
This film, shot during the country’s rich Vodoun celebrations, is an impressionistic lens on the myriad ceremonies that this rich and diverse culture has to offer. Showcasing intimate observations of a variety of Voodoo ceremonies: The cult of Sakpata (god of Pestilence and healing), Egoun dramas shrouded in magisterial costumes and the Zangbeto night watchmen, among other highlights. This will be the premiere screening of this visual feast.

Watch the trailer for “The Divine River”!
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