Montopolis presents a live score to "The Serpent"

Montopolis presents a live score to "The Serpent"

Montopolis featuring Justin Sherburn of Okkervil River

Fri, February 8, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)

North Door Main Stage

Austin, TX


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Following their success with "Man with a Movie Camera" last year, Montopolis returns with a brand new score to an early Japanese film called "The Serpent". This one features punk rock and samurai battles. Bernard Herrmann influenced string arrangements and analog synthesizers underscore stunning landscapes and early Japanese psychedelia. And they're bringing a gigantic gong.

Montopolis featuring Justin Sherburn of Okkervil River
"Stunning." "Your summer blockbuster has arrived." (full article)
- Raoul Hernandez (Music Editor, Austin Chronicle)

"An extraordinary experience. Highly recommended."
- Laurie Gallardo (Producer, KUT 90.5)

Montopolis will be performing the "Man with a Movie Camera" score on Friday, September 21st at the ND. It's a perfect venue for this show, and we're really looking forward to it.

To stick with the cinematic theme of the evening, we're putting together some covers of rock songs featured in films - songs from "Blue Velvet", "Pulp Fiction", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "The Big Lebowski" - you get the idea. Montopolis will be joined by chanteuse Karla Manzur (Alejandro Escovedo), guitar god Landis Armstrong (Paula Nelson, McLemore Avenue), and the always inspiring Leigh Mahoney (Tosca String Quartet) on violin. It will be a fun night so come on down to the ND!

Learn more about Man with a Movie Camera and download an excerpt from the score at:

Sherburn's score combines a string trio, hand made analog synthesizers, and a rock rhythm section. It continues the exploration in scoring he began with the Long Center production of "The Red Balloon" in 2010, which the Austin Chronicle called "sublime" and the Austinist wrote was both "heart-breaking and heart- soaring." Sherburn's new group is Andy Beaudoin, Lindsay Greene, Joseph Shuffield, Michelle Alany, and Andrew Noble.

Russian cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov's controversial 1929 film has been called "one of the most daringly experimental films ever made" (The Onion AV Club). Famed film critic Roger Ebert noted "the film (still) seems fresh today: 80 years later and that the "experience of Man with a Movie Camera is unthinkable without the participation of music."

The film stylishly highlights the buzz of everyday city life in the city of Odessa, Ukraine as seen through the eyes of a roving cameraman. Many cinematic devices are used to comment on vision, life, and modernity. It is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, depolys, or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, Dutch angles, footage played backwards, and stop motion animation.
Venue Information:
North Door Main Stage
502 Brushy St.
Austin, TX, 78702