As a prelude to PCE’s Jan. 23 National Cathedral concert, the Mexican Cultural Institute presents an evening of film and discussion exploring the transformational influence of Balinese music and art on:
–The Canadian-American composer COLIN McPHEE, a precursor to Philip Glass
–The Mexican artist MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS, famous for his Vanity Fair portraits
Excerpts from two exceptional films — Colin McPhee: The Lure of Asian Music and La Isla de Bali, filmed by Covarrubias himself — will be discussed by PCE’s Joe Horowitz and by Mexican curator Inbal Miller. McPhee and Covarrubias were colleagues on Bali in the 1930s. Both were captivated by the beauty and mysticism of Balinese ceremonial music and art. Both meticulously documented what they saw and heard. Inbal Miller will highlight Covarrubias’s Pacific murals and his book La Isla de Bali, with such memorable images as this cover:
Joe Horowitz will sample archival films of Balinese music and dance, as well as McPhee’s fragrant transcriptions and compositions. McPhee’s odyssey was extraordinary: In his reminiscence House on Bali, he memorably evokes the androgynous complexion of Balinese arts (he fled the island when the Dutch banned homosexuality there).
To hear McPhee and Benjamin Britten perform McPhee’s Balinese Ceremonial Music CLICK HERE
The two films that will be excerpted are:
La Isla de Bali, (1998) by Miguel and Rose Covarrubias and edited by José Benitez Muro
Colin McPhee: The Lure of Asian Music, (1985) by Michael Blackwood
We invite you to an exploration of how two Western visionaries discovering a new world of artistic expression.