Heaven and Earth Magic
Live at Curtas Vila Do Conde Festival of Cinema 2020
The Heliocentrics played live as a 7 piece to the film “Heaven and Earth Magic” by Harry Everett Smith. The performance was part of the 27th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde international festival of cinema in Porto, Portugal. Playing a mix of improvised and written pieces the band brought the film to life with a new score in an intense, hour-long listen which matches the film’s alternate universe. American, Harry Everett Smith (Portland, 1923 – New York, 1991), was one of the most inscrutable and offbeat American underground authors, visual artist, bohemian, mystic, record collector, and important figure in the Beat Generation and forerunner of the hippie movement, and widely known for his full length cutout animated film “Heaven And Earth Magic,” using his collection of Victorian photographs. Delirious, excessive and hermetic, the film sums up his work's main features, summarising opposite conceptions such as figuration and abstraction, tradition and modernity.
Band members: Malcolm Catto – Drums; Jake Ferguson – Bass and Waterphone; Raven Bush – Violin and Moog; Dan Smith – Guitar and electronics; Barbora Patkova – Vocals; Jack Yglesias – organ and percussion; Sylvia Hallett – Hurdy-gurdy and Sarangi’