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Wednesday, March 12 • 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Daniel Lanois

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This first time filmmaker originally from Quebec is finally responding to what people have been asking him to do for thirty years, which is to show the creative process of his work in the recording studio. Mr. Lanois, one of Canada’s musical exports is the recipient of ten Grammy awards and five Juno awards. In a quiet way he has helped catapult the careers of many of our favorite artists to high artistic commercial places. Technology is easy to measure but heart and soul is not. Lanois has ridden the constant wave of change and finds himself right back where he started embracing passion and people. The people in the room have always been his power and his contagious commitment is still his vital ingredient. What drives people is what interests Lanois, he doesn't like to talk about it because it might then disappear. In a quiet way, he has helped to catapult the careers of many of our favourite artists to high artistic commercial places including U2: "The Joshua Tree", "The Unforgettable Fire", "Achtung Baby", "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb", "All That You Can't Leave Behind", Bob Dylan: "Oh Mercy", "Time Out of Mind", Peter Gabriel: "So", "Us", "Birdie", Neville Brothers: "Yellow Moon", Brian Eno: Apollo", "Music For Films II", "On Land", "The Pearl", "Plateaux Of Mirror", Luscious Jackson: "Fever In Fever Out", Emmylou Harris: "Wrecking Ball", Willie Nelson: "Teatro", Scott Weiland: "12 Bar Blues", "Slingblade" (Soundtrack), Daniel Lanois: "Acadie", "Beauty of Wynona", "Shine", "Rockets", "Belladonna" and Robbie Robertson: "Robbie Robertson". Daniel’s career to date has left a distinctive imprint characterised by its integrity and singular artistic vision. Without his enormous influence it is difficult to imagine how different our popular music landscape would be. When Brian Eno recorded his landmark ambient releases of the 1980’s and ‘90’s, he transformed our perception of space,music,and performance.His collaborator on those albums,and on his subsequent ground-breaking production work with U2,was Daniel Lanois.Lanois took the techniques he developed with Eno and went on to produce career defining albums for Bob Dylan,Peter Gabriel,Emmylou Harris and (again) U2,earning him Rolling Stone’s accolade as “the most important record producer to emerge in the ‘80s.” In total,Daniel has produced or co-produced 43 albums including acclaimed records with The Neville Brothers,Ron Sexsmith,Luscious Jackson,Willie Nelson and Marianne Faithful. Belladonna is an instrumental record featuring Daniel’s stunning work on the pedal steel guitar blended with the organic atmospherics and haunting sonic textures that he is known for. Both timeless and futuristic, the album blends his peerless gift for evocative sonic texture with the soulful mysteries of blues,folk,country and gospel. CMJ magazine called Belladonna“an aural buzz of pedal steel guitar, dusty drum kits and layers upon layers of mood,mood,mood that reveal themselves after repeat listens”,while Performing Songwriter says about the record: “Belladonna is an immersive,alluring work,as mysterious and evocative as a dry wind.” Daniel's film "Here Is What Is" is scheduled for it's U.S. premiere at SXSW Sunday, March 9th at 1:30 pm 'Here Is What Is' is a sonic journey to the source of the art in the recording studio. It is an invitation to experience a year of creation, looking over Daniel Lanois' shoulder. The songs featured throughout the film are true to the dedication of documenting a live take off the floor. Garth Hudson, one of Canada's National treasures opens the film with a timeless piano performance. Lanois takes us with him to Morocco to philosophize with his old friend Brian Eno and to record in a stunning courtyard with U2. Daniel joins Brian Blade in Shreveport at his Father's Zion Baptist Church for a roaring rendition of 'This May Be The Last Time'. Adam Vollick captures a rare Lanois performance mix in a voyeuristic, magic carpet ride above the console, while Daniel explains his moves and musical reasons for making them. His psychedelic past emerges throughout the film as the hyperrealism of the in-studio documentation is contrasted by moments of wild fantasia.

Wednesday March 12, 2008 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Pangaea 409 Colorado St

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