Friday, January 26, 2007

Film Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogatari; Yasujiro Ozu, 1953); Glorydive (musical group) performance

As I mentioned back when I saw it in July, Tokyo Story is one of my favorite films and is also often rated as one of the top fifty films of all times by film critics. I teach a course on the films of Yasujiro Ozu, the filmmaker (and Satyajit Ray, a Bengali filmmaker), and adore Ozu's style. Tonight, my friend "moviediva" showed this masterpiece as part of the art museum's winter film series, and, though I've seen the film almost a half dozen times, couldn't miss it. You can see moviediva's excellent comments about the film. I am including a clip that I found online here with the delightful actor Setsuko Hara, who often plays the dutiful, happy, and unselfish daughter (called Noriko in this and other films) showing just how unselfish she is near the end of the film.

My wife performed in 2005, and is scheduled to perform in the next event, delayed from the fall to early 2007, for A Night of Dreams, a charity event in downtown Raleigh. One of her sitar pieces introduced the group Glorydive (which was then called Taylor Roberts Music; check out their MySpace page). We enjoy their music, especially the masterful electric violinist Mark Nippert and quite enthusiastic hand drummer Brian Tavener, as well as guitarist and lead singer Taylor Roberts and bassist Alex McKinney. It had been a while since we had seen Glorydive, and they were performing in downtown Raleigh tonight at the Pour House Music Hall, so we went to see them.

Luckily, they only allow smoking on their second floor, but it still was a little smoky. They had a backup band, that we didn't much care for, with Glorydive coming on a little after midnight. We enjoyed them, as always - a rock band, they play mainly original compositions but also some covers (such as Bono and U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and Charlie Daniel's Band's The Devil Went Down to Georgia), but what makes them special is the violin and so-fun and energetic drumming. It was by no means the perfect combination - sentimental Ozu followed by rock music - but was a fun evening.


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