Museum of Neon Art
Matt Amato & Grant Leuchtner
dublab is thrilled to share the next installment of the VisionVersion film series. This live performance by Pharaohs was filmed in the glow of the Museum of Neon Art in Downtown, Los Angeles. The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) is devoted to art built using neon lighting and their collection includes preserved neon signs as well as original fine art and kinetic art. The collection exists to encourage learning and curiosity through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon art. It’s collection includes new art built with neon lighting and
Pharaohs is composed of Sam Cooper and Alejandro Cohen, with guest appearances by Suzanne Kraft, SFV Acid, Austin of Puro Instinct, Casey Butler, William Lemon III, Soft Soil Music, and Michael Martinson. They continue in the tradition of experimental music performance created by artists such as Terry Riley, La Dusseldorf, Psychic TV and Popol Vuh among others. During their live performances Pharaohs expand their compositions by improvising and re-writing them on the spot. With a combination of sound textures, dance beats and intricate rhythms, the music of Pharaohs has been captivating listeners during their live performances, pushing to new territories as well as traveling paths of the past. Pharaohs released its first set of compositions through the Los Angeles based label Living Tapes in 2009, and has had songs on a number of compilations throughout 2010. The band is currently working on two EPs that will be out in 2011/2012.
This VisionVersion was directed by Matt Amato of The Masses and local Los Angeles musician Grant Leuchtner. Matt Amato is a longtime friend of dublab and also directed our Long Lost VisionVersion at the Velaslavasy Panorama and the Lucky Dragons and Cluster VisionVersions at Farmlab. Grant’s self-expressive music has been previously posted on dublab.
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