Radiolab Live: Apocalyptical

Radiolab

Cataclysmic destruction. Surprising survival. In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow. With their signature blend of storytelling, science, and music, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich romp through hundreds of millions of years of history to arrive at the end, again and again. Reggie Watts joins the show to provide his raucuos brand of comedy. With a cinematic live score created before your eyes by On Fillmore and Noveller, the evening will be a thought- provoking and laughter-inducing dance on the grave of our inevitable demise.

11/12/2013 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA  - SOLD OUT
11/13/2013 Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Cupertino, CA –  BUY TICKETS
11/17/2013 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA – BUY TICKETS

 

COMEDIAN

Reggie Watts,internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improviser, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.” As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s sold out North American “Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour. Reggie was crowned “Hot Comedian” by Rolling Stone, named SPIN Magazine’s “Best New Comedian” and “Best of CMJ” 2010, and a featured profile in GQ’s Man Of The Year issue 2010. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd ‘Why $#!+ So Crazy?’ on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. He also released ‘Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records’ in limited edition vinyl on Jack White’s Third Man Records label. Reggie’s most recent release ‘A Live at Central Park’ is currently available on CD/DVD through Comedy Central Records and on iTunes. As a musician, Reggie was invited to join LCD Soundsystem as guest onstage at the final NY shows Spring 2011. He also sang on Regina Spektor’s “Dance Anthem of the 80s” and contributed two tracks to DFA Records’ Spaghetti Circus. As the frontman for Seattle rock outfit Maktub, Reggie and his band released five albums. Reggie recorded original music featured on FX’s Louie and performed the theme song for Kristin Schaal’s Penelope Princess of Pets. In the Spring of 2011 he recorded an original session for the hugely popular Daytrotter series. On screen, Reggie has appeared on ConanLate Night With Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s The Yes Men Save The World, Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, Iceland TV, UK’s Funny Or Die, PBS’ Electric Company, and currently stars as house band leader on the IFC original series Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman.

MUSICIANS

 On Fillmore, the acoustic upright bass and percussion duo featuring bassist Darin Gray and drummer Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), was formed after performing together with experimental rock musician and producer Jim O’Rourke in the summer of 2000. On Fillmore has released 4 full-length albums, including its most recent release Extended Vacation on Austin-based label Dead Oceans. The pair’s earlier recordings include a self-titled LP that explores a highly disciplined song structure reflecting a new breed of elastic minimalism, and Sleeps with Fishes (Drag City, 2004), which layers a string and tuned-metal combination on beds of field recordings from the environments surrounding the members’ respective homes in Chicago and St. Louis. The result is a pixilated paean to lullabies, location, and liberation. The experimental duo have a close working relationship with the Brazilian trio +2 and have scored two film works: a soundtrack to NYC filmmaker J.T. Petty’s disturbing and haunting documentary “S&Man” (screened at both the SXSW and Toronto Film Festivals) and the soundtrack to his film “Blood Red Earth,” a prequel to the Film “The Borrowers” (Lions Gate). On Fillmore are recording their 5th album, which will release on Dead Oceans.

 

Noveller is the solo electric guitar project of Brooklyn-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer. Her one-woman guitar soundscapes have captured the attention of NPR, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and The Wall Street Journal. She has written original music in collaboration with composer Nathan Larson for several feature film scores. In 2012, The D.C. based ensemble, Low End String Quartet, premiered her commissioned piece for quartet, “Into the Midnight Sun,” at the Reston Community Center in Reston, VA. Noveller has toured the U.S. and internationally, at times supporting acts such as Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, U.S. Girls, Aidan Baker, and Emeralds. Lipstate has collaborated with several renowned musicians, including live improvised duo performances with Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers), David Wm. Sims (the Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid), and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). She has previously performed as a member of Cold Cave, Parts & Labor, and One Umbrella. Lipstate has also participated in Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army, Ben Frost’s “Music for 6 Guitars” Ensemble, and Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble. Photo by Alexis Fleisig

 

COLLABORATORS

Erth Visual & Physical Inc. ERTH brings the impossible to life. Over 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, the foundations of its unique visual theatre works. The company regularly tours internationally throughout the UK, USA/Canada and Asia as well as the major Australian festivals. Its works range from large-scale interactive environments and creatures including prehistoric landscapes inhabited by giant insects to more intimate in-theatre works and roving spectaculars. The company’s international touring works include I, Bunyip, and The Nargun and the Stars, an adaptation of Patricia Wrightson’s novel commissioned by Sydney and Perth Festivals in 2009. Recent new work Murder, inspired by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ album Murder Ballads, was assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative and was performed to national festivals in 2013. The company has also been commissioned by major museums including The Australian Museum, Auckland War Memorial Museum (New Zealand), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), The Field Museum in Chicago, Science Museum Minnesota, Natural Museums Liverpool (UK), Naturalis (Leiden), National Museums Northern Ireland, Montreal Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Erth’s design studio has built for a huge range of cultural institutions and commercial clients from Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney Opera House and City of Sydney. Erth was founded in 1990 in Ballarat, Victoria and is now based at Sydney’s CarriageWorks contemporary arts centre. Erth’s upcoming US tour of Dinosaur Zoo™ comes to a city near you in Spring 2014. Tickets and info at www.erth.com.au

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