Published Mar 12, 2012Long-running indie vets Yo La Tengo may have performed selections from their The Sounds of Science score in Vancouver last year during their spinning-wheel tour, but the group will bring the piece to Toronto's Images Festival next month, complete with the intended underwater visual accompaniment for the first time in Canada.
The act will headline the Images Festival closing night gala on April 21 at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Their performance links up sonics they crafted in 2001 with vintage science films directed by French avant-garde filmmaker Jean Painlevé.
Among the scenes you'll see are shots showcasing the births of jellyfish and seahorses, and the love life of octopuses. Sonically, the work presents a more "ambient post-rock" version of Yo La Tengo, though with touches of funk and free jazz thrown in for good measure.
The evening will also feature a performance from Toronto-based pop artist Mantler and the screening of Larissa Fan's The Tide Goes In, the Tide Goes Out, a black and white film about moon jellyfish.
Tickets for the gala are $25 in advance and can be purchased on the Images Festival website. The entry fee will be $30 at the door.