Cinema Soloriens is a multi-media performance consisting of James Harrar’s experimental and highly personal film and video images with a live musical rendering of soundtracks for each film. The musical concepts are created, directed and performed by Harrar (tenor sax, EVI, flute, bulbul tarang, reeds, voice and effects) and a stellar changing line-up of gifted musicians.
Since beginning this ambitious project 20 years ago with Marshall Allen, leader of The Sun Ra Arkestra, filmmaker/musician James Harrar sees Cinema Soloriens as a constantly evolving creative and spiritual learning center.
The project places attention on exploring the moving image with live performance and when combined, an attempt to reveal deeper levels of interpretation within Harrar’s visceral film poems. These presentations also celebrate the early beginnings of cinema, providing live music to support and elevate the silent movie experience.
In addition to exploring sound and image within Cinema Soloriens, Harrar is investigating aspects of his Tiwa/Isleta Pueblo Native American identity. He believes that language is the essential lifeblood of any culture. Unfortunately, many Southwestern Native American tribes are losing the very soul of their heritage. Mythical Tiwa stories and mystic chants are presented in the Tiwa (Tuei) dialect.
With this presentation, there is a valuable exchange of culture through language-which is truly the essence of any culture. The audience will encounter a new way of representing experiences through symbolism and folktales. Cinema Soloriens, through this engaging performance will stimulate imagination and creativity, all presented in a very intelligible and familiar form: film, music and story, accessible to a diverse audience.
Over the years, Cinema Soloriens has involved many talented musicians to the core of Harrar and Marshall Allen: Eric Thielemans, Anne La Berge, Giovanni Barcella, Chris Cutler & Geoff Leigh (Henry Cow, Artaud Beats), Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine), Art Jenkins & Yahya Abdul-Majid (Sun Ra Arkestra), Michael Gibbons (Bardo Pond), Cathy Hayden and Rogier Smal (Dagora) to name a few.
Any incarnation of Cinema Soloriens reveals a group of Artists possessing a penchant for psychedelic rock, free outre ethnological improvisations and Marshall Allen approved jazzy stomps of which these performances deliver in equal measure.